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 …

When Did Making Summer Plans Get So Stressful?

By Karen Banda Never before have I worried so much about what I was going to do during my summer vacation. Before spring break, I was wondering what I was going to do this summer. There was a time when I thought I was going to spend four months at home, doing nothing but babysitting …