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Director's Note: Jade is somewhat new to Upward Bound, joining late last fall, but in that short time I've grown to appreciate her perseverance, honesty, and thoughtfulness.
Jade entered this program with the goal of improving her academics. Sometimes when students do that, they expect that we will magically make them into better students and show them the way, but the truth is that nothing we can do will make a real difference if the student doesn't want change for themselves. Jade wanted it. She used the resources and support Upward Bound gave her to build upon the change she was already creating for herself. Her grades have risen significantly since joining our program, and that's due to her own focus, commitment, and work ethic.
Jade is someone that I admire, and I think that her dedication and commitment to change should serve as an example for other Upward Bound students. Change comes from within, and Jade shows us that every day.
Name: Jade Grimes
Favorite MCHS Classes: World History, English
Least Favorite MCHS Classes: Math, Biology
Favorite Upward Bound Workshop: Programming Your Future, where we got to try out a bunch of different tech.
Favorite Field Trip: Programming in Pajamas, the overnight competition.
Why did you join Upward Bound? I joined Upward Bound to better myself, keep my grades up, and get ready for college.
How have your grades changed since joining Upward Bound? I had 2-3 F's and a D when I joined. My GPA was a 1.3. I didn't want to fail anymore. I wanted to succeed, so I started putting in the work. UB keeps me on task and gives me activities to do after school. Now I have all A's, B's, and C's (with just one lower grade I'm working on).
Why should someone join Upward Bound? Upward Bound is like a family. It's more people you can talk to. People that want to help you.
What staff member(s) are you closest to? Ms. Rebecca
What are your goals for the future? I want to go to college. Maybe Ball State. I think I'd like to do fashion or nursing.