My name is Emily Mongeon and I’m traveling in Cast B 2015. I currently live in Farmington, Connecticut with my loving and supportive family. At home, I spend most of my time writing. My journals never leave my side, and are filled with poetry, prose, and what I hope to someday be parts of a published book. Aside from writing, I play acoustic and electric guitar and the ukulele. Though I have spent the past year attending a local university, I will be taking a six-month leave of absence from school to travel in Up With People!
For the past three years I have attended Camp Up With People in Harrisonburg, VA, USA. The purpose of the camp is to give the campers an idea of what life in Up With People is like over a three week time period. From the time I have spent there, I have gained insight into what I will be encountering for the next six months of my life. Because of the experience I already have, I know that I am more than ready for the hard work that is ahead of me!
On June 28th, I will be flying from Connecticut, USA to Denver, Colorado to begin staging for Up With People. I have traveled many times on airplanes, but never have I done it by myself. My mother told me that when she traveled, her entire family came with her to say goodbye at the gates before she boarded her plane. However, since the recent air travel protocol is to go through massive amounts of security, I’ll be doing quite the opposite. Natural human instinct in a situation like this is to be afraid or anxious. However, I am nothing short of excited to be setting out on my own to start a new part of my life.
I am lucky enough to already be friends with some of the people that I am traveling with. Thanks to Camp Up With People, I will be traveling with over a dozen past campers! There is comfort in knowing that I will never truly be alone, especially with people that already know me so well. I have but a short amount of time to wait before I am reunited with old friends, and include new people into my circle. There may be over one million words in the English language, but I could never string enough of them together to describe how excited I am to be a part of the Up With People journey.
I would like to say a massive “thank you” to the UWPIAA for the incredible scholarship to help me along in my travels. My participation in Cast B 2015 would be impossible without the extreme generosity of the Alumni Association, and their will to make dreams a reality.
The UWPIAA supports the participation of relatives of alumni in the Up with People program by awarding scholarship money towards the first semester tuition for a legacy student. A legacy student is defined as someone who is a brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, daughter, son, step-brother or step-son, cousin, niece or nephew, granddaughter, grandson, step-granddaughter or step-grandson of an alumnus/a!
An “alumnus/a” is defined as an individual who was accepted into the Up with People or World Smart program and who completed orientation, who has traveled as cast or served as staff member of Up with People or World Smart, who was in any national traveling cast of Sing Out, or who was on the staff of PACE magazine.
The funds for the Legacy Scholarship are generated through the efforts of the UWPIAA Development Committee and come primarily from the funds raised at the silent auction each year at reunion.
Applications are currently being accepted for students who will travel as first semester students in Cast A 2016. The applications are due no later than November 1, 2015.
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