• Susan Seligson

    Susan Seligson has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Yankee, Outside, Redbook, the Times of London, Salon.com, Radar.com, and Nerve.com. Profile

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  1. From one UB/Project Advance Alum (1989) to another: Congratulations to the latest class of graduates!! Very well deserved and wishing you all continued success! I leave you with this inspirational quote from Alan Alda
    “Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.”

  2. This program never ceases to amaze me. The students, teachers and staff are some of the hardest working people I have ever met, but are also the most interesting and fun group of people to spend time with. I’m proud to have been a small part of it over the years and look forward to the future.

  3. Upward Bound truly prepares students to be excellent college students and life-long learners. The undergraduates I’ve worked with who participated in Upward Bound are among our best students. Many Upward Bound alumni have told me that they would not have gone to college without this program. Keep up the good work!

  4. I have had the pleasure of presenting workshops on career-related issues for Upward Bound students at BU for many years and have been consistently impressed with the dedication, energy, and eagerness to engage of both the staff and students. Best wishes to the graduates for continued success as you work towards your goals and beyond! You will serve as an inspiration to those who follow…

  5. I’m proud to be a part of this program, mainly because the students–each and every one of them–inspire me to be a better teacher every year. No matter how many challenging lessons I plan, they meet those challenges with excitement. I’m honored to spend my summers with such amazing people.

  6. The Upward Bound program opens the eyes of students to see the world. At the onset, three summers with a rigorous course load at a prestigious college can be something overwhelming for a high school student not used to the challenging opportunity. The trepidation turns to vapor once you meet fellow students brave enough to seize the feat, teachers tirelessly working to see you succeed, tutors that devote time and energy, and administrators dedicated to offering the joys and treasures of education as a means to become agents of change. As an alum and former tutor, I’ve been able to use the instruction and insight received to witness the growth and accomplishment of the aforementioned students and more. The program tells you what you can do and become. Despite background, status, community, fear, worry, or any other hindrance that so easily besets one from believing that he or she can achieve more than what meets the eye, Upward Bound looks that opposition in the face and allows the ones who have experienced it live out the triumphant truth.

    To many more rebels.

  7. By simply holding class in nearby space, the Upward Bound students and staff provide constant inspiration. They have to work hard, which is why I they’re a resource for new ideas and innovative solutions.
    But as they strive to do more, they still effortlessly share warm smiles that remind me to again imagine what’s possible. Congratulations!

  8. The thing that MOST amazes me is the outcomes of so many of the students over so long a time. I find the comparisons in college graduation rates incredibly compelling. UB graduates are nearly twice as likely to finish college! Mike Dennehy and the UB/UBMS staff provided this data:

    UB data
    · For high school class from 2000-2012, UB has a postsecondary persistence rate (including postsecondary completion) of 60% for program participants and 73% for program graduates. While no longitudinal data exists for a BPS comparison cohort for this entire period, a recent study by the Boston Private Industry Council looked at the college completion rates for two BPS cohorts, the Classes of 2000 and 2003. The student found that the 9-year college completion rate for the Class of 2000 was 42% and the 6-year completion rate for the Class of 2003 was 41%.

    · For high school classes from 2000-2008 (cohorts eligible to have graduated from college), UB has a postsecondary persistence rate (including postsecondary completion) of 58% for program participants and 72% for program graduates.

    · For high school classes from 2000-2012, 50% of all Upward Bound at Boston University participants met the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of academically at-risk (program entry GPA below 2.5 or scored below 240 (proficient) on either the ELA or Math section of middle school MCAS).

    UB MS data:
    · UB MS has four graduated cohorts who have enrolled in college, the Classes 2009-2012. The postsecondary enrollment rate for project participants is 79% and 97% for project graduates and a nearly identical persistence rate, 76% and 97% for project participants and graduates, respectively. 39% of these students met the Federal definition of being academically at-risk at the time of admission and 56% are English as a second language speakers.

  9. I am so proud of Brankely, Lejla, William, Blanca, Mariama and all the students of BU UB/UBMS. I have been blessed to work for this program the past four summers. Watching these five students as well as many, many others mature into responsible students has been an awesome experience. I am so proud of what this program stands for and the integral part it has played and continues to play in so many students’ lives. This program has also changed my life as an educator and allows me to grow and develop my vocation. I am a better teacher because of BU UB/UBMS. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this experience.

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