Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

By Joshua Epkins The hardest thing about choosing a college is figuring out where you belong. After I applied to several schools across the United States, I began struggle with trying to pick out the school that would best suit me. It’s really hard for me to choose just one school, when all of them …

Saying Goodbye (or Maybe See You Later)

By Joshua Epkins The first thing I did on my spring break was go to the movies with my friends Michael, Osmar, and Saul, to watch a hilarious movie called “Unfinished Business.” I realized that this was going to be our last time spending spring break together. The best thing about spring break is not …

The Gift of Mentoring

By Joshua Epkins Ever since I was in elementary school, I found that mentoring was one of the greatest gifts a person can give to enlighten young minds. What’s even greater is when high school students can give back to students that come after them. Over the past three weekends, I (and several other students from my …

Keeping in Mind My Legacy

By Joshua Epkins When I began my senior year of  high school, I wanted to try to prove something to my parents, friends, mentors, and colleges. I wanted to show them that I was not ordinary but someone who was unique and had a purpose. Since I was young, my passion was to always help …

Video: Postcard from Yale

Students in the HISD EMERGE program wrapped up a week-long tour of the prestigious Yale University as part of the Futures Scholars Institute last week, leaving with more knowledge of the college application process, new friends and memories that will inspire them to attend the college of their dreams. HISD released a new video that …

Not Just Worthwhile, Totally Worth-‘wild’

By Joshua Epkins So far my experience at Yale University has been worthwhile worth-‘wild!’ I’ve had the opportunity to explore the campus in ways that very few high school students have had the privilege to do. I’ve gotten a chance to talk to some of the most prestigious professors here at Yale. The most amazing part about Yale was …