Campus Life at Tufts - Take the Virtual Tour

One of the most exciting parts of Summerfuel’s Pre-College Programs is the chance to experience campus life. Tufts University campus is exactly what you might imagine a college campus to look like – sprawling green lawns, traditional brick buildings, flowering trees – yet is still close enough to Somerville and Boston to have all of the city’s resources at your fingertips. Students live in double-rooms in the dormitory, Harleston Hall, getting a glimpse into true college life with a roommate. Bring photos and posters from home to make your dorm room truly feel like yours – part of the fun of living in the dorms can be decorating! Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in bedrooms makes for a comfortable stay during the summer. Not only do students get to experience dorm-living, but they enjoy access to top-notch facilities as well. Take advantage of the libraries, computer lab, student center, basketball and tennis courts, and fitness center with swimming pool and weight-training center – all part of a well-rounded campus life. Last, but not least, a major part of campus life is eating in the dining hall. While some may say it is a change from home-cooked meals, we promise that the menu at Dewich-MacPhie Dining Center never disappoints. From an all-you-can-eat organic salad bar, plus vegetarian and vegan options, to hamburgers with loaded cheese fries, and everything in between, there is always something for everyone. Take a look for yourself with this amazing virtual tour: https://www.youvisit.com/tour/tufts?tourid=tour1&pl=v&m_prompt=1

Priceless Skills for Success

Summerfuel provides so much more for students than just a summer activity to participate in. Not only do students get to explore exciting subjects, meet new friends, and have a blast in different cities, but they gain priceless skills that can be used throughout the rest of their lives.  Whether at an Andalusian Homestay or a Pre-College Program, students are living away from home with room/hall/housemates, which encourages the development of empathy, listening skills, and the ability to communicate with others. All of Summerfuel’s programs are extremely diverse, with students hailing from all over the world. Such exposure allows students to experience and value different ideas and points of view, and fosters a curiosity and sense of equality among peers. Most of Summerfuel’s academic courses are very hands-on, team-oriented, and workshop-based, allowing students to learn how to think critically and problem-solve across a wide array of areas. Regardless of where students wind up after their summer with us, these soft skills are invaluable to success in any path pursued. A recent article in the Washington Post discusses what qualities employers find most valuable in their employees, and we think Summerfuel programs help students develop exactly that. Take a look: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/20/the-surprising-thing-google-learned-about-its-employees-and-what-it-means-for-todays-students/?utm_term=.ccc33e0690c5

What to Expect for Summer 2018

I hope the winter is going well for you and your family. This coming summer is shaping up to be another exciting one with enrollments coming in strong. There’s a lot going on at Summerfuel in 2018, so I thought I'd give you an update on what to expect. First of all, I wanted to let you know that all of our directors have been chosen and some are returning for their 20th summer or more. We are extremely enthusiastic about our staff. We have a wonderful blend of experienced veterans, plus a talented group of newcomers who will bring new ideas and energy to our various programs. I also wanted to make sure you knew about our two new programs here in the US; Leadership & Innovation at Columbia University and ART NOW! an exciting look inside the contemporary New York art world through an exclusive partnership with Christie's. I hope you feel as much as I do that these new programs will add something different to the world of summer programs. David Evans Summerfuel President