Dr. William Hall Enjoys Teaching Upward Bound Students
"This summer I had the immense pleasure of teaching mathematics for both the Stevens and Okanogan County Upward Bound programs through WSU Spokane. Upward Bound serves high school students from financially disadvantaged families who are the first in their family to go to college. Over the course of four weeks I got to know, and was inspired by, a great group of high school students who are driven toward success."
Dr. William Hall, assistant professor in mathematics at Washington State University, worked with students during the summer of 2019 as they participated in a multi-week, residential college preparatory program. Students stayed on campus anywhere from one to four weeks while they took various classes that included composition, physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
"The students were diligent and bright, even while spending beautiful summer days indoors solving mathematical equations with me. As a former Upward Bound student myself, this is very important to me because I know how significant and defining these experiences are. They provide a vision of what success looks like to a group of students who do not have the advantage of experience on their side. The opportunities of higher-education can propel and encourage students to learn and accomplish extraordinary things, which truly is life-changing."
At Washington State University, first generation college students account for almost 40% of the student population. Knowing and understanding the unique challenges that first generation college students face can help instructors better support their students. If you’d like more information about the Upward Bound program or would like to know how you can get involved with programs like this, please contact Dr. William Hall.