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 …

Getting comfortable through ‘getting-to-know-you’ events

By Olaide Sode Wellesley Spring Open Campus was a great experience. I met some amazing people there from all over the world and learned a lot about Wellesley. It had an atmosphere of acceptance, curiosity, intelligence, and empowerment. What really solidified my decision to go there was the sit-together at the Harambee House and the …

In Two Weeks, I Make a Life-Altering Decision

By Olaide Sode I can’t believe that in two just weeks, I will have to make a life-altering decision. May 1st. D-Day. College — a time that people say will change your life forever and shape who you are as an adult. Right now, I have narrowed my options down to two: Wellesley College and …

Bryn Mawr and Philly — Where I Can Be the Person I Want to Be

By Meghan Berndt There is really nothing more satisfying than fall, when the wind chills your fingertips, and the sweet sound of leaves crunching under your boots can be heard… not to mention that Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mochas are back in season. Of course, the only problem with fall is that it doesn’t actually happen …