FOND DU LAC, Wis. - After a successful summer, the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program hosted at Marian University is preparing to provide college readiness services to local participants during the academic year 2013-2014.
This past July, students from Fond du Lac and Horace Mann High Schools completed a six-week summer component of the program, that allowed them to experience college life through a wide variety of learning activities. Some of those activities included science and math courses, personal development workshops, college visits and educational enrichment trips.
This past academic year was the first year of operation for UBMS in the Fond du Lac community. Although two of the students took part in the former Upward Bound program at Moraine Park Technical College, the rest of the participants never knew about UBMS and were not sure about what to expect from the program.
Through their reflection papers, students shared their thoughts about their learning experience in the program.
"I walked into UBMS not knowing what to expect," said Dominic Rosado, a sophomore at Fond du Lac High School. "I have walked away with sharpened math, science, and English skills,"
Rosado highlighted some additional lessons that stood out for him.
"I was able to build upon the leadership and communication skills that I had already started," Rosado said. "I could not have asked for more from this program than what they have supplied me."
Alexandria Sandberg and Mai Nou Moegenberg, respectively a starting freshman and a senior at Fond du Lac High School, focused on the overall positive impact UBMS will have on their respective future.
"Being in this program is really setting a firm foundation for me not only for the coming school years, but for college as well," Sandberg said. "All in all, being in the summer Upward Bound Math and Science Program really helped me learn about improving myself in an all-around manner."
"Upward Bound has made a difference in my life," Moegenberg said. "My focus is school and my future."
Giving up six weeks of summer for an educational experience is not always an easy choice for high school students. Taylor Carpenter, a sophomore at Horace Mann High School, in North Fond du Lac, was one of those who chose to spend part of summer focusing on educational activities.
"This program made me grow as a person and become a better leader," Carpenter said. "If I didn't go to this program, I would have wasted my summer away, because I normally don't do anything in the summer."
As a result of her experience, she is ready to help spread the word about UBMS.
"I have already told people how great the program is and they said they possibly will join next year," said Carpenter.
Other students also had to make compromises on how they manage their summer times. Nicholas Engebregtsen, a sophomore at Horace Mann High School, plays football for his school. Despite rigorous athletic preparations and expectations, he was able to commit to the program and expressed satisfaction with the time and energy he invested.
"I learned so much this summer; not just about math and science, but about being a better person and a better teammate," Engebregtsen added. "I learned about myself while in UBMS."
Participating in the UBMS program can make significant changes in students' lives. At the same time, it provides them with the opportunity to make a difference in society.
Moegenberg reflected further on some of the ways UBMS has inspired her.
"My knowledge has expanded… and my perspectives have changed," Moegenberg said. "I am inspired to learn and make a difference somewhere in the world."
UBMS is the local branch of a federally-funded nationwide program operating at Marian University. It is designed to prepare local eligible youth to complete high school, pursue a college degree, and start careers that rely on strong foundations in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
The program is funded to annually serve 60 eligible students selected from Fond du Lac and Horace Mann High Schools throughout the academic year and during the six week summer program.
Ahead of the fall recruitment sessions at the high schools, parents and students who want to learn more about the program may contact the program administrators at Marian University.
For more information, contact the UBMS program by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at l 920-923-8959, or visit www.marianuniversity.edu/ubms.