Alumni Corner

Treandra Thomas

Treandra Thomas

Grand Rapids, MI - Class of 2014

The quest speaker for the 2018 Senior Recognition Reception, Ms. Treandra Thomas is shown above. Miss Thomas' experience as a proud Upward Bound alumni is detailed in the recent story - here

Eduardo Cedillo

Eduardo Cedillo

Everett High School

Lansing, MI – Class of 1994

Upward Bound was important for me because it gave me the opportunity to be around other first-generation minority students who were socially and economically disadvantaged. I felt I had a place to share similar experiences. It prepared and exposed me to university campus life and, most of all, provided several mentors that inspired me to obtain my high school diploma and a college degree.

The exposure to college life that Upward Bound provided helped ease my transition from high school to college. It also provided a supportive network that encouraged the importance of obtaining a college education. The program truly helped me prepare for life challenges and the importance of self-discipline.

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Terrell Black

Terrell Black

The guest speaker for the 2013 Senior Recognition night, Terrell Black, spoke to graduating seniors about his experience at Upward Bound and how it helped him throughout college and his successful career at General Motors. He shared his thoughts on the importance of a good education and a solid support system through Upward Bound and his family.

After his speech, Terrell shared this with a staff member:

“Thank you again to Upward Bound and Sandy T. Firestone for this opportunity to speak to the Graduating Seniors in Lansing about my career and life experiences. It was a life changing experience for me to even do this. I hope I was able to change some other lives in the process.”

Tyrell Burnett

Tyrell Warren-Burnett

Lansing Everett High School

Lansing, MI – Class of 2002

I believe that the TRIO programs, including Upward Bound, have been essential at not only providing access to underrepresented students, but also giving them the necessary resources needed in order to succeed. Upward Bound definitely increased my academic readiness for college, which played a very important part in me not only getting to college but eventually graduating as well.

I always tell people that Upward Bound was a critical part in getting me to where I am today in my career. Upward Bound definitely gave me the necessary tools to be successful. While in Upward Bound, I was exposed to many different things that I might not have been exposed to otherwise. I believe the program not only gave me the tools to succeed, but also instilled in me the confidence to go to college, graduate and be successful. Upward Bound helped prepare me for college by giving me an overall understanding of what to expect from college.

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Taying Yang

Taying Yang

Everett High School

Lansing, MI – Class of 1994

I was excited to be a part of Upward Bound because it was a great introduction to higher education. My experience with the program was instrumental in exposing me to different races, cultures and experiences. Upward Bound pushed me out of my comfort zone, allowing me to graduate from the program with life experiences that you can’t learn in a classroom.

Upward Bound introduced me to the college experience, allowing me to attend classes on MSU’s campus as a high school student. Living and eating meals in the residence halls really mimicked the college experience for me. This exposure helped solidify my interest in obtaining a college degree, while, at the same time helped ease the anxiety of what college life would be like. The non-academic experiences also really helped shape my personality and character. I am grateful that I was able to build lifelong relationships through Upward Bound.

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Paul Her

Paul Her

Paul Her graduated from Eastern High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Sienna Height University in Adrian, Michigan. He now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is the Head Chef and part owner of Village Cuisine, a Thai restaurant. He credits his time at Upward Bound for pursuing a post-secondary education and challenging him to keep wanting more out of life. He is now a successful author of four poetry books, and an Entrepreneur.

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