Upward Bound students from Greenville, Quincy and Portola high schools check out the U.C. Davis campus at the annual Picnic Day open house April 22. Upward Bound students, from left: James White, Nick Clawson, Alyssa Zigas, Melissa Pellerin, Hailey Machado, Kyle Wilson, Lana Murray and Jorge Munguia. Photos submitted

Upward Bound Students attend U.C. Davis Picnic Day

Choosing where to apply to college can be a difficult decision, but Upward Bound helps local high school students make an educated decision about where to apply and helps students with every step of the application process.

Being able to see a college first hand can be a huge help in making a decision about where to apply.

The opportunity to visit U.C. Davis paid off for Quincy high school alumnus RJ Gunter who is currently completing his first year at that school. Gunter attended the U.C. Davis Picnic Day field trip with Upward Bound two years ago and that is when he decided Davis was his top choice of colleges.

On April 22, Gunter “paid it forward” by meeting current Upward Bound students to show them around the Davis campus, help them navigate the Picnic Day open house and share with students his experience as a freshman attending the university.

Picnic Day is the largest student-run event in the nation and showcases U.C. Davis’ unique programs. While attending this year’s event, Upward Bound students saw a slide show and presentation about all U.C. Davis has to offer, checked out the entomology department and enjoyed a hands on “maggot art” demonstration, explored the animal science department’s petting zoo and animal demonstrations, and picked up some free plants in the horticulture department.

Upward Bound is planning more opportunities for students to check out college campuses with trips planned over the summer to University of Nevada Reno, Shasta College, Simpson University, College of the Siskiyous and Southern Oregon University.

In addition, Upward Bound students can try out Feather River College by attending classes on campus, learning about the opportunities right in their own backyard.

For more information about Upward Bound and the opportunities it affords students, visit frc.edu/upwardbound/.