Name: Saadia B
Class Standing: Senior '2012 at Mary Walker High School
Years in Upward Bound: 4
- To be a first generation college student
- To demonstrate my strengths as a student and person in everyday life.
- To make everybody aware that no matter the circumstances, if there is a will, there is a way.
- To go to college and major in business management.
How Upward Bound has inspired me to obtain a college education:
I come from a background with few opportunities. I was constantly moving from home to home, which limited my interactions with people and my chances. In 8th grade, Upward Bound was brought to my attention. Applying for it seemed pointless because I had no future. My parents did not go anywhere and saw me as merely a reflection of their inexperienced youth. Not only did my parents not go to college, but I was moving from foster home to foster home so frequently, I could not see the benefits of becoming an Upward Bound scholar.
Going against every part of my body, I applied and was accepted into Upward Bound. This was a feeling I had never experienced. For the first time in my life I felt wanted, l knew I had a purpose. I slowly began to find my niche. I was getting advice about classes, homework, budgeting, jobs, and discovering steps to take that ensure I would be college ready. Thankfully, I stayed at my current high school and could access the tools that Upward Bound provides. Things between freshman and senior year were rough, and I even changed households, but I found the will and support to stay focused on my goals and keep what I had going for me.
I am on track to go to college. I have explored a rigorous college curriculum and have applied to four colleges (Central Washington University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and Heritage College). I have academically achieved more than my entire family could have expected of me. Looking back, the only challenge in life I really faced was fear. Sure, there were physical blockades but as far as school goes, I could have put more effort into my work and personal development ...I could have used more of the tools Upward Bound gave me. If I could go back, I would have challenged myself more. However, I firmly believe that there is a lesson in every activity in life. My parents, school, friends, and Upward Bound have provided me with increased strength.
Upward Bound has shown me that I have the strength to go to college and be successful! I am. I am positive that college is achievable for you, me, and any other person who desires to reach for this goal. Your future is in your hands—what you do with it is entirely up to you. Upward Bound is a privilege, and I am so thankful I was selected to be one of their scholars.