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Dedication

The powerful influence of the TRIO programs.

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When I think of the Upward Bound program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, dedication is the term that comes to mind. The Upward Bound program afforded me with several opportunities that allowed me to embrace change while challenging myself to achieve new goals, opportunities and accomplishments.


I became a part of the Upward Bound program while I was a junior at Northside High School in Lafayette, LA. My parents encouraged me to attend every session in order to acquire the necessary skills needed to excel in a college setting. Unfortunately, during my senior year of high school, I struggled to make the required ACT score in order to get admitted into college. Through the assistance of the UB staff, Dr. Constance Broussard & Mr. Dale E. Miniex, I was admitted by exception into the university and I was allowed to take the remedial courses in English and Mathematics.


I entered my first semester of college in June of 2000. The summer bridge program was rewarding and I was able to have a jump start on my college career. During this time, I also enrolled in the Student Support Services program. In this program, I received grant aid, tutoring services and mentoring services. I also built connections with the university and college students by applying for a work-study job, joining student organizations and becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I graduated from UL Lafayette on December 18, 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In addition, I later earned a Master of Public Administration from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA on May 14, 2010. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Developmental Education from Grambling State University. I have continued my commitment to TRIO by pursuing opportunities to assist first generation and low-income students with their educational goals. I am currently employed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an Academic Counselor with the Upward Bound program. I credit my success to God, my family, and the TRIO programs.

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I am currently an Academic Counselor with the Upward Bound program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to this appointment, I served as an Counselor for Upward Bound Math Science and Veterans Upward Bound. I also worked at Louisiana State University as a Scholarship Counselor.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

To be more informed on programs and services that can assist students from low-come backgrounds pursue and attain a 4-year degree.

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@Crystal M. - Kate Rushton suggested I reach out to you to obtain some feedback on my idea. I'd love you to take a look if you have a moment. Thanks so much.

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/future-of-highered/refinement/don-t-teach-subjects-teach-skills

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Hi Crystal! Thank you for your post. This is really insight and helpful. I have a few questions. I noted this in your post: ‘Unfortunately, during my senior year of high school, I struggled to make the required ACT score in order to get admitted into college. Through the assistance of the UB staff, Dr. Constance Broussard & Mr. Dale E. Miniex, I was admitted by exception into the university and I was allowed to take the remedial courses in English and Mathematics.’ What contact did you have with the UB staff before college? What ways could higher education institutions assess the potential of students? Should there be more alternatives to the four-year and two-year college degree? It would be great to get your perspective on this post on Veterans - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/future-of-highered/research/veteran-student-perspective - based on your experience with Veterans Upward Bound.

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