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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …