Posts Tagged ‘upward bound’

Day 6 of D.C.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

This morning we met of Minnesota’s state senators, Al Franken. It was a really interesting experience. We went to the Senate building and went into a room, where we were provided a Minnesotan-style porridge. We ended up having a bit of a medical emergency within the group, but nonetheless, the rest of it went pretty smoothly. Some of our students were really excited to meet Senator Franken. I know that CSS’ Student Support Services’ group went there earlier in the summer. I wasn’t in SSS and I really regret it for missed opportunities like this. Thankfully with my job that’s also a TRiO program, I’m able to take some of the same opportunities!

Day 5 of D.C.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Today with Upward Bound, aka the best on-campus summer job you could ever have, we saw the King and I! On our summer trips we often see a theatre show. This year, we saw The King and I at the Kennedy Center. We dressed up all fancy and watched a star-studded cast perform one a musical version of one of my favorite children’s movies. My summer job has wonderful perks and is intrinsically rewarding as well. As the trip is ending however, I just can’t help but feel a bit down.

Day 4 of D.C.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

As part of the Upward Bound program, we take students on college tours. So while we are on this trip, we have two college tours: Notre Dame and Georgetown. Today we toured Georgetown. Afterward, there was a very big dialogue on what each student hopes for in their ideal college. This included me bringing up a lot of the pros and cons of my own college choice. I remember being on my own summer trip as an Upward Bound student. We stayed in Duluth and toured UMD, UWS, and CSS. That’s actually how I discovered St. Scholastica was the right fit for me. I love my job because I can help students with their lives in a way that impacted me indefinitely as well.

Day 3 of D.C.

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Today with my job, we took students to the National Zoo. The National Zoo was kind of a bummer because most animals weren’t out yet. Some of the students were really disappointed. Helping students get a better perspective and shift their attitudes sometimes is a big part of the job.  I’m happy that things worked out eventually, but this is part of working in social situations, especially with students. Over time, Upward Bound has provided me with tons of experience with secondary students that I have been able to apply to my elementary teaching. Anyway, after the zoo, we got to tour Ford’s Theater and the African-American History Museum.

Struggling with my Classes

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

I tried to finish most of my homework right away last week when it opened up on Blackboard, so I wouldn’t have any work to do during the D.C. trip, but I just couldn’t finish some of it. I had to respond to a few of my classmates’ discussion posts and I also need to make a graphic organizer for an article I read. I’m not sure when I’m going to have time to do these, mostly because we don’t have Wi-Fi at our hotel! We only have wi-fi on our bus, but we don’t have that much time on our bus. This has really taught me a lesson on time management and communicating with my professors.