A Summer Like No Other - Rhea Reflects

Rhea R. traveled last year to attend Summerfuel’s Pre-College Campus Experience program at Tufts University in Boston. Each year, Summerfuel students are impacted by their experiences at different universities across the U.S and around the globe. From making new lifelong friendships, to gaining invaluable insight into college life, there are so many things to take away from time with Summerfuel.

Here is what Rhea had to say about her experience:

“I attended Summerfuel’s second session Pre-College program at Tufts University and it was the most amazing two weeks of my life! I learned so much and made amazing friends that I’m still in contact with almost every day.

The teachers were great and really cared about students, the trips to Boston were a blast, and the RAs/staff were very helpful, whether they helped me learn more about what college was like by sharing their own experiences, or simply with anything I needed help with.

The Summerfuel PC program is a great program if you’re looking to get a glimpse of college like I was.  You get to live in a dorm, meet new people, and experience new things. I have attended similar programs in the past, but none of them compare to Summerfuel’s. They really care about each and every student, and want you to have the best experience possible….I look forward to attending next year!”

-Rhea R., US Virgin Islands

 

How to Destress During a Busy School Year

We all know that life can get stressful, especially during a busy school year. With extracurriculars, homework, midterms and finals, and maybe even college applications, there is no shortage of factors to add to the stress. It is so important to make sure that you take the time to unwind and relax. If you want to keep doing your best, getting those grades, and achieving your goals, staying focused and calm is key. Here are a few of our favorite ways to destress:

Indulge in your favorite food

When you are swamped with school work and busy studying for those exams, it is important to take time to sit down and have a meal away from the computer screen or text books. Enjoy tasting each bite of food, and take this time to give your brain a rest. Don’t be afraid to indulge in your favorite treat, but keep in mind that a balanced, healthy meal will leave you feeling most relaxed and ready to focus.

Take a study break and go for a walk

Sometimes a walk out in nature is all you need to decompress and give your mind and body that necessary recharge. Take in the sights, feel the breeze, breathe the fresh air – it doesn’t always need to be hard core exercise in order to do some good.

Watch your favorite TV show or movie

Taking some time to relax with a good flick is a great opportunity to give your brain the break it needs. Whether you like drama, thrillers, or comedy, an entertaining tv show or movie can provide a lovely escape from reality and set you up to get back to work with full concentration.

Hit the gym or take a yoga class

Beat that stress one push-up at a time! Exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that can help you clear your head and improve mood. Whether you lift weights, go for a run, do some yoga, or however else you like to get moving, exercise is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well.

Spend quality time with family and friends

What better way to give yourself the energy and confidence you need to tackle the work that lies ahead, than by spending quality time with your loved ones? Good relationships are a major part of a healthy lifestyle, and sometimes your friends and family can give you the boost you need to overcome challenges.

 

Happy Halloween from Summerfuel!

Trick or treat! Did you know that one quarter of the candy sold in the United States each year is purchased for Halloween? That’s a lot of candy. Certainly, there is much more to this fun holiday than we typically think of.

Centuries ago in what is now known as Ireland, the UK, and northern France, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated. People lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts, and this tradition eventually became what we call Halloween. Undoubtedly, the holiday has evolved throughout time, meshing all sorts of different beliefs and customs. Celebrations of the harvest, fortune-telling, ghost-stories, and mischief-making of all kinds became popular. Americans dressed in costumes, going house to house asking for food or money, which borrows Irish and English traditions. This eventually became the practice of “trick-or-treating” that so many kids enjoy today.

For many, Halloween is the chance to dress up as your favorite superhero, don that crazy outfit you wouldn’t normally wear, or paint your face with vibrant makeup. For others, Halloween is an opportunity to get a good fright at a haunted house, carve jack-o-lanterns, and indulge in another sweet treat. With parades, parties, and an entire season dedicated to this spooky holiday, there is no shortage of Halloween fun. Summerfuel wishes a Happy Halloween to all those that are celebrating!