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 …

Looking forward to ‘just me’ time

By Olaide Sode I received another acceptance letter from a school in Texas, and I’m going to hear back from my early action school tomorrow. I have been putting off reading the letters because I didn’t want to know the results while studying for finals. I wanted to mentally prepare myself. If it’s bad news, …

Planning, Research, Excitement and So Many Questions

By Olaide Sode Because this year is going to be very hectic with college applications, school, volunteering, and extracurricular, I plan on using my planner, Google calendar, iPhone reminders, and anything else I can think of to keep everything straight. Because the college process has so many parts and deadlines, I want to make sure …