EMERGE Internship Was One of the Best Experiences of My Life

Today is the last day of my internship with EMERGE. These past two months have passed incredibly quickly but have also been amazing. I’ve learned about myself, the environment of a startup, nonprofits, and all of the work that it takes to reach where EMERGE has reached and continues to expand to. I met Houston …

The Trip to Yale Changed My Life — and My Future Career

My name is Daniel Vargas and I attend Westside High School. I recently visited Yale University with the EMERGE team and I have to say, it changed my perspective of my future role as a college student. Here are just three ways this trip has enriched my life: 1) Before coming to Yale, I felt …

Seeing a Little of Myself in New Emerge Juniors

By Karen Banda As part of my internship with EMERGE, I was a chaperone for this year’s Boston College Tour. My group consisted of 14 rising high school juniors, all of whom had a spark ready to be lit by at least one of the colleges on our visit. I saw myself in these students. …

A Little Unfinished Business

High-achieving students from 24 HISD high schools toured some of the nation’s top colleges and universities as part of the EMERGE summer tours.  One of the trip’s chaperones, Reagan High School math teacher Khoon Yu Tan, shares experiences from the trip: Flying for the first time can be an unnerving experience, but for almost all of the 70-odd …

Taking a Walk on the Ivy League Side

EMERGE students visit Yale, other northeastern campuses High-achieving students from 24 HISD high schools toured some of the nation’s top colleges and universities as part of the EMERGE summer tours.  Here are some first-hand accounts of their experiences: Cameron Lavergne, student at Booker T. Washington High School When I first found out about the Future Scholars …

Making an Impact at Goldman Sachs Undergrad Camp

By Karen Banda “The work you do will have a direct effect on the business and community. At Goldman Sachs, you will make an impact.” My summer started with a trip to Jersey City, where I spent four days at the Goldman Sachs undergraduate camp. I knew what Goldman Sachs was, but I didn’t know …

Finals week was exhausting, exhilarating – but now I’m home!

By Karen Banda Home sweet home. Being able to say those words feels great! During finals week and while traveling home, however, it seemed like I would never be able to say those words. Finals week was probably the slowest week of the entire first year. Not even the amount of work I had to …