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There are 25 comments on Posse’s Next Step: Graduation

  1. This article was great. It’s nice to hear positive stories about BU despite all the negative press we’ve had this semester. This is the BU that I know and love!

  2. Really nice package, Leslie and Robin. Compelling, and something that should make BU proud. Especially like the Jeff Allen video. Most of all, congrats to the Posse I members, one and all, and especially you, Jessica P.!

  3. I’m so proud to be part of the same graduating class as this group. I know many of BU’s Posse students and they are some of the most open-minded and thoughtfully active people I’ve met on campus. I wish them the best of luck!

  4. This is a great program, however, it seems culture and geography were huge hurdles for these students. There are a ton of excellent schools in the South, some that outrank BU (Duke, UVA, UNC-Chapel Hill, etc.) Why did the program not place the Georgia students there, and a place group of students from Philadelphia, the Bronx, or Worcester at BU?

    1. Every Posse site (9 cities in total) has a selection of partner schools. Students from Atlanta have the option to go to the College of Wooster, Bard College, Brandeis University, Boston University or Syracuse. Scholars also choose the schools they would prefer to attend.

      I cannot speak for all Posse members, but going somewhere comfortable sounds like an easy way out. Posse scholars are ambitious students charged be leaders on their college campus. Any student from the south can identify the differences in culture and level of education between the north and the south. That should not discourage anyone from expanding geographically or academically. Any student will face challenges in their collegiate career. These two hurdles are among many and are applicable for any student, not just Posse scholars.

      I am proud to call myself a part of the Posse community and knowing Posse 1 personally, you all deserve the best. You all have grown so much and it has been a pleasure to witness how you all have developed into young professionals. I wish you the best!

      Posse Love,
      BU Posse 2

      1. Thank you Stephanie! I did not know that. I didn’t want to go to college near home for the same reason. While I was at BU myself, though, I knew a lot of Midwestern kids who ended up transferring due to the culture shock, and ended up at lower-ranked schools as a result.

  5. Congratulations! I’ve been lucky enough to know some of the great people in this program and am thrilled that it exists at our school. Thank you for sharing your stories!

  6. This is beautiful. I remember when all you guys came in. It’s been a long road but you made it. I’m so very proud of you all. Congrats loves!!!

  7. What an inspiring story and video. Congratulations to all the Posse Scholars at BU, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. It’s such a great program, and it’s clear that Jeff Allen deserves the kudos for his passionate efforts to guide them.

  8. Man, I’m from Atlanta and I think it’s kind of weird that this program just cherry picks people from “under-developed” neighborhoods under the assumption that they’re more incapable of handling the college experience than any other person.

    Yes, the north is different from the south, but in the grand scheme of things the difference is miniscule.

    If Posse scholars are driven ambitious students, why can’t they just be “students”? Why do we need to adorn them with all this extra fluff when they allegedly have the drive to accomplish all of their goals already?

    1. I’m also from Atlanta (although not a Posse Scholar). They get no more “fluff” than anyone in the Honors College or any other program. With all of the scholarship options BU offers (including several full-tuition programs if your parent is a firefighter in Boston or if you went to a Catholic high school in the Boston Archdiocese), I think it’s weird you want to go after this particular program…The south, as you know, is ridiculously underrepresented at schools across the nation–moreso than other regional groups (the fourth largest group of students at BU is from CA).
      The Posse Scholars have to undergo leadership training and attend leadership conferences–much like the Gates Millennium Scholars. They give back to the community. They’re students, just like anyone else. Just because a foundation pays their tuition doesn’t make them any different.

    2. Not all Posse scholars are “cherry picked” from “under-developed” neighborhoods. There is an extensive process of group interviews, one-on-one interviews, grade analysis, and of course our accomplishments in high school that Posse reviews before selecting these amazing individuals. Posse receives several hundred applications to find 10 scholars from all over Atlanta. Buckhead to Bankhead to Alpharetta to Norcross. It does not matter what neighborhood you’re from.

      Not once in the process do they look up your zip code. So this “cherry picking” idea from “under-developed” neighborhoods is a misnomer. We were selected because we believe, as well as Posse believes, we can make a positive influence on the BU community. And that we do.

      Matt Campbell
      BU Rugby President
      BU Posse 2

      1. A lot of the information BU provided about the Posse Scholar program through alumni communications, etc., when it was founded said that it was for at-risk urban teens who were likely to drop out without a cohort of peers from their hometown to support them.

        I’m glad the Posse Scholars have set higher expectations for themselves than whoever the person who wrote the alumni magazine in 2008 when they were freshmen. PR stunts never have the best interest of their subjects in mind.

  9. Congrats to you all!!! You guys should be so proud of yourselves. I’m glad that I got to know some of you during my 2 years at BU. You all are an inspiration. Good luck to you in the future!!

  10. A heart-warming and inspiring story–it’s good to know that lack of funds and lack of confidence are no bar to a great education, when Posse is there to motivate and encourage. All of the students featured displayed focus, ambition and drive. An example to everyone.

  11. Congratulations Boston University Posse 1!! I hope you find amazing opportunities in your future endeavors. Before you know it, there wil be a BU posse 20

    Posse luv <3

    Aine Sheehan
    Bryn Mawr Posse 11

  12. I am so proud of all of you!!! Congratulations to all. You guys did it! Can’t wait to be in your shoes soon.

    Posse love to all of you,

    Scarlett Montenegro
    Mount Holyoke College Posse 1 :)

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