Upward Bound Helps Area High School Students Prepare for College
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 [1:23 PM]
Upward Bound summer program hosted 50 high school students from
Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
once again hosted an Upward Bound summer program. Upward Bound is a
federally funded program that gives low-income, first-generation
college-bound high school students an opportunity to live on campus
and immerse themselves in the college experience over the
Students take college-level math, English and science
classes, earning college credits as well as going on service
missions and entertaining field trips. A total of 50 students from
Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor
counties participated in LWC's program, which ended earlier this
"It's a great head start on college classes. It's fun and we
develop family like bonds with each other," said Upward Bound
student Courtney Adkins of Albany, Ky. "I've been doing this for so
long, so that when I finally do start college, I know I won't panic
as much or have trouble adjusting to the new lifestyle change. It's
changed my perspective on college and on my life."
But the experience is not only about classroom work. Upward
Bound students also enjoyed several social outings this
"My favorite part of Upward Bound are the movie nights," said
second-year Upward Bound student Seth Owlsey of Burkesville, Ky.
"We spend most of our time in classes, so the movie nights allow to
be sociable and make new friends. That's the best part of this
program -- you get to meet new people, do things that you've never
done before, and get some classes out of the way."
Krystal Cundiff is one of the driving forces
behind LWC's Upward Bound program. Cundiff, who is an Upward Bound
counselor/coordinator, works with the program because she loves to
help teenagers and believes in Lindsey Wilson's motto of working
with "every student, every day."
She said is also motivated by a desire to help
first-generation college students succeed.
"Receiving higher education is the key to success in the
modern age," Cundiff said. "I've seen this program work too much to
not be able to believe in it. I've seen kids come into our program
who had never even thought about college who are now successful
"We want to helps kids who are at a disadvantage, whether it
be that they're from a broken home or that they have severe
emotional issues. We want Upward Bound to be a place where they can
be free of that and see that they can still obtain a good future
This year, Cundiff took the Upward Bound students on a
service trip to Nashville, Tenn., where they worked with the
LWC's Upward Bound also involved other members of the
college's staff. This summer two members of the the LWC residence
life office taught two speciality classes: men's area coordinator
Jordan Willis taught a film review class, and men's residence hall
director Cameron Mueller is taught a class about the history of
U.S. Route 66.
"The history of Route 66 is something that has already
interested me," Mueller said. "It's nice to see that interest
spread to the kids. … I like interacting with the high school kids
because it's a completely different change of pace from what goes
on during the normal college semester."