STUDENT Spotlight
Devin Mosley, Upward Bound participant

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. In this Student Spotlight, Devin Mosley, a senior at Kenwood High School, discusses his involvement in the Upward Bound Program. (To see more student spotlights, click here.)

Student Spotlight
Devin Mosley, Upward Bound participant

What is the Upward Bound program?
Upward Bound is a college enrichment program that provides you opportunities to prepare and excel at the college level.

Why and when did you join the program?
My two older brothers were in Upward Bound before me, so I was next in line. It’s a family thing, but other than that, it was an opportunity for me to see how the college life is as well as stay on top of my grades.

On a typical day, what did you do in the academic component of the program?
On a typical academic day, we would first come in and get settled down with our seminar classes. Then, the teacher would call us in for a detailed report card conference, asking our pros and cons in our classes during the school year. Then, we would pick the class we’re struggling in and go to tutoring with a teacher specialized in that class. After that, we would go back to our seminar class, and that’d finish our day out.

What did you learn through the academic component of the program?
I learned to always stay on top of my grades and focus during class. It’s easy to get distracted but it’s always fine to ask questions, no matter how many times you ask.

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On a typical day, what did you do in the summer component of the program?
On a typical day, we first would go through the three core classes: math, science, and English. Everything we would do in our classes would tie into the overarching theme “Eat, Move, Live.” Once we would go through those classes, then we would go to lunch for an hour. After lunch, we would have seminar with our grade levels. As for me, my seminar class focused on preparing for college and the application process. Finally, to end the day off, we would have life enrichment, where we’d either be working out or playing games with Mr. Kirkpatrick, or doing yoga with Mrs. Burke.

What did you learn through the summer component of the program?
I’ve learned that this is not summer school but a privilege to help me prepare for the next level in education. The summer component gave me exposure to the careers in the world and how to go about accomplishing what I want to do in life. It’s also a refresher on my school work so I wouldn’t forget anything during the summer.

What is your best memory from the Upward Bound program?
My best memory of Upward Bound is the big Upward Bound conventions. This event was good exposure for me. It was a great experience for me and gave me an opportunity to meet many important people. It also taught me how to conduct myself in a business-like manner.

What was the most rewarding part of being an Upward Bound student?
The most rewarding part of Upward Bound was finishing it out and having an opportunity to go off to college. The people at Upward Bound only want the best for you so they will do whatever they can to make sure you get what you need.

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How have BCPS and the Upward Bound program prepared you to be college- and career-ready?
They both have made sure that we get the proper education. They provide us with guest speakers, field trips, and college visits to give us exposure to the real world ahead of us. They give us tutoring to help us with our high school classes as well.

What would you like others who are interested in the Upward Bound program to know?
I want them to know that Upward Bound is a great opportunity to better yourself and prepare yourself for college. It will expose you to the real world and help you find out what exactly you want to do with your life. Whatever you choose, just know Upward Bound will support you all the way.

What are your hopes for the rest of this summer?
My hope for the rest of the summer is to get a job. I’ll continue to work out and play basketball but also prepare for my upcoming senior year.

What are your plans for next school year and the future?
My plans are to finish out my senior year strong with parallel enrollment classes at CCBC. I’ll also get an internship with Mr. Kirkpatrick in personal training, which is what I want my career to be when I graduate from college.

To learn more about Upward Bound and other students’ experiences in the program, click here.

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