Dakota GorgesMarch 27, 2024March 27, 2024hillaryobrien
Photo of University of Idaho Upward Bound graduate Dakota Gorges

University of Idaho | Upward Bound

I got the opportunity to participate in the Upward Bound program for my last two years of high school. I got to learn about the process of going to college and the different routes I could take after I graduated high school. I always knew I wanted to attend college, but I wasn’t sure what the process looked like or how I would afford it.

In the summer of 2019, before my senior year of high school, Upward Bound took us to stay at the University of Idaho. We took classes for two weeks and then went on a trip to Washington, D.C., all at no cost to us. Staying on a college campus was a new experience for me, and it showed me that I did want to
attend college. The trip to Washington, D.C. was simply amazing and something I will never forget. We not only got to go to all the museums, but we also got to tour several universities. My experience in the program expanded my idea of who I am and what I could accomplish.

I’m now a senior at the University of Idaho, and I’m going to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in the spring. I’m also the current President of my sorority, Delta Zeta. Once I graduate, I will be a high school English teacher. When I think about how I got here, I think of Upward Bound. They showed me the University of Idaho and helped me with networking skills, which allowed me to find a feeling of home on this campus. I will be forever grateful for my experience in Upward Bound, and I know they reach many more lives than just mine, showing young people what they can be capable of.