Zackry MerrillMarch 27, 2024March 27, 2024hillaryobrien
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Idaho State University | Upward Bound Math-Science

I have been a part of TRIO since my freshman year of high school in 2020. My first year in TRIO was during the covid lockdown and there were limitations on the ways that I was able to participate. Once we were out of lockdown and I was able to start fully participating in TRIO, I gained a lot of different, important experiences. One of the earliest TRIO memories I have was a trip to Arizona to visit Dixie Technical College and Northern Arizona University. This experience allowed me see schools that are vastly different from the ones offered nearby. It also allowed me to experience a great trip to the Grand Canyon. Another great trip that changed my life was to Butte, Montana to see Montana Technological University. This was my favorite of the many college tours that we went on, and it led to me to apply to Montana Tech.

TRIO allowed me to tour many colleges, learn about different career opportunities, and explore degree options. Through TRIO, I connected with a college recruitment advisor who helped me decide to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

One of the best experiences that I had through TRIO was the opportunity to participate in the SEED program at Idaho State University. I had the opportunity to assist in the ISU chemistry department on a research project with a graduate student and a professor. Without my TRIO advisor informing me about this
opportunity, I would not have known to apply for the program. TRIO provided me many different opportunities throughout my high school career and I am excited to graduate and start my college journey.