With graduation around the corner, Lowell High School seniors are getting ready for senior week activities and reflecting on the past four years at LHS. Of the 153 LHS 12th graders in GEAR UP, 149 are graduating and 144 are going to college next year. Thanks to events and programming offered through GEAR UP, they’ll be ready.
This year, students in GEAR UP took field trips to tour colleges across the state, attended college readiness events, networked with current college students and participated in a series of career readiness workshops through a partnership with TRiO and Middlesex Community College.
Many students also took part in a service learning project with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which paired them with a mentor who was a current college student and could help them navigate the college application process.
Rifat Islam, a Lowell High School junior, said he’d thought of going to college online, but his conversations with UMass Lowell students changed his mind. Now he wants to attend Middlesex Community College for two years and transfer to UMass Boston for forensic science.
“College is a big chance to go around different places, meet new people and have new experiences,” he said.