Every day, students are faced with monumental decisions about their future. Do they want to go away to college or commute from home? Do they want to attend a large university in a big city or a small liberal arts school? What major should they declare, and what career path should they take? These questions can be overwhelming, but an experience such as Summerfuel can help clarify some of this.
Take a look at how Summerfuel’s Pre-College Campus Experience at Tufts University helped Luis C. figure out some of these important details:
“My name is Luis Cruz, and I took part in Summerfuel’s 2018 Pre-College Campus Experience at Tufts University. Undoubtedly, my favorite moments from my time with Summerfuel were absolutely extraordinary.
The courses I took allowed me to gain experience in the science field, which relates to the engineering major that I hope to pursue in college. I spent time outside of class with my floormates and RA, and keep in touch with the friends I made.
I am currently working towards getting my high school diploma and preparing to graduate. Soon, I will start a new chapter in my life by heading to college. Summerfuel helped me realize that I want to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, which is something I’m passionate about. Finally, Summerfuel at Tufts University has helped me decide that I want to attend a residential college campus, rather than an off-campus or commuter school.”
-Luis C., Senior High School Student of Boston Green Academy
Choosing a summer program that will be the right fit for you can be a daunting process. There is such a wide array of programs out there to choose from – backpacking through South America, volunteering in Thailand, traditional summer camps, internships, academic programs throughout the US, and the list goes on and on. So, how do you know what type of program will benefit you the most? Everyone is different and what might be inspiring for one student, may not hit the spot for another. Here are some important things to consider as you try to find the perfect summer program:
Location, Location, Location
A quick way to narrow down your search is to decide if you want to stay close to home or if you are itching to travel abroad. Is there a certain part of the world you are curious about and have been dying to see? Do you speak a certain language that you would love to practice in another area of the globe? Perhaps you want the best of both worlds – a residential camp outside of your house, but still close enough to home that your parents can drive you there. Whatever the case may be, deciding on a location is a major step in finding your dream summer program.
What fits into your schedule?
Another easy way to hone in on the right summer program for you, is to think about your schedule. Summer can be a busy time, so it is important to map out your schedule and make sure that you are looking for programs that fit with your calendar. Whether you like to have a jam-packed summer with back to back activities, or you want to make sure you pencil in some relaxation time at home, this is important to consider when looking for a summer program.
What interests you?
Every summer program has something different to offer, and depending on your interests the right fit is out there. Think about what you like to do in your free time and what your interests are. Do you like to read? Do you enjoy science? Do you dream of creating your own business? Do you like to play sports? Do you love art? Are you curious to explore something totally new? Considering what truly excites you and sparks your fire will help you to select a summer program that is right up your alley. Undoubtedly, this will make for a fulfilling and rewarding summer experience.
In 2016, Athena M. from Florida attended Summerfuel’s Social Enterprise program, now held at Stanford University. Not only did she broaden her horizons by meeting students from all over the world, but she learned just how important social issues are to her. We know she will excel in college and make a fantastic journalist. Take a peek at what she had to say about her time with Summerfuel:
“I am currently a senior in high school, applying for colleges! I am applying mostly to schools in the Northeast, and hope to attend Tufts or Syracuse. In 2016, I attended the Summerfuel Social Entrepreneurship Program at Georgetown, and had an amazing time there. My favorite aspect of Summerfuel was probably getting the chance to meet so many international students. To this day, I still talk to some of them, including two friends from Honduras and one from New Jersey!
The program really helped me realize my passion for social issues and worldly perspectives, and that is what I want to incorporate into my future career as a journalist. I am passionate about women’s, black, and human rights, and I have even volunteered on political campaigns, raising awareness for these issues. Thank you!”
-Athena M., Florida