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New 2019 Pre-College Courses

Here at Summerfuel we always like to keep things fresh and interesting. We believe that it is so important to expand our horizons and explore new topics that we normally wouldn’t encounter in every day life. We are beyond excited to introduce new courses at all 3 of our Pre-College programs. From Fashion and App Design to Animals and the Environment, these new additions cover it all.

Pre-College at Tufts

Animal Science
Film Study
Sports Medicine
Multimedia & Web Programming
Creative Writing
American History in Boston Workshop
Art Museums of Boston Workshop
Theater Acting Workshop

Pre-College at Oxford

Film Production
Film Studies

Pre-College at UC Berkeley

Computer Science & App Design
Pitch to Production – Film
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Fashion Design
Sketch the City Workshop
TV Acting Workshop

 

Contact us today to learn more about these exciting new courses!

Trampolines Bring Us Together

As the Tufts College Experience (TCE) program moves towards its final days, it has been amazing to watch the social interaction between the students. This weekend, we went to Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park. In many ways it was a fitting culmination of the entire program. Many of the girls were taking snapchats together, covered in glow in the dark paint while the boys engaged in fierce competition, determined to claim bragging rights at any cost. One thing has become incredibly clear to me. These students, who come from all over the globe, have formed very intimate groups. These intimate groups mingle to form a larger crowd, one that is inclusive of everyone. It was strange; I saw no students struggling to find friends or fit in. It was all natural. During our final game of dodgeball, the trampoline court was full of laughter from staff and students alike. Everybody, from our director to the students, were participating in the fun. The scene was so pure and so amazing to watch. It is crazy what six weeks can do and how they bring us together. 

Sincerely,

An RA

 

What Summerfuel IR Students Have to Say: Q + A

As the International Relations (IR) program here at Summerfuel Tufts brings itself to a close, our staff has collected feedback on the program from students. Like College Admissions Edge and Pre-College, IR, one of six programs currently run through Summerfuel at Tufts, has provided an amazing learning opportunity for our students. We recently interviewed some of them about their experiences. Below, we share highlights from these conversations:

 

Interviewer: Why did you choose to participate in this program?

Student 1: I was interested in International Relations and I liked how it offers Tufts credits because Tufts is one of the schools I am applying to.

Student 2: This program interested me incredibly, given my aptitude and love for language along with my hopes to study IR in college. Because of my interest in history along with IR, I truly feel like I can make this world a better place.

Student 3: I thought it was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and get a taste for a field I consider studying in the future!

 

Interviewer: What has been your favorite learning experience thus far?

Student 1: My favorite topic has been the EU Economic Integration and the idea of failing states. I hope to explore this more in depth during my time in college.

Student 2: My favorite lecture was about how to interpret history accurately in the field of international relations.

Student 3: My favorite lecture has been The Basics of Cyber Security and Economics of Political Integration.

 

Interviewer: Knowing that you had a pretty rigorous academic schedule, how effective were the teaching assistants (TAs) hired to assist you?

Student 1: The TA’s were extremely effective. Our TA understands that we have a lot of work and this is all very new to us, which is very helpful. For me, it was all about finding a healthy space to finish my work. Honestly, the library is super fun to study in. The environment and mutual respect amongst all occupants made the library a positive space for studying and learning.

Student 2: It is more than anything a chance to review what we learned personally, make questions fast, and research effectively among friends and experts.

Student 3: I like how my TA is genuinely interested in our research papers. He was really knowledgeable and understood what it’s like to be a student.

 

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your week outside of the classroom?

Student 1: Playing basketball and taking pictures during my free time and wandering on campus.

Student 2: The friends! The dinners out of campus and the people you can go out with!

Student 3: Although there is not much free time on certain days, I always try to finish my homework before we go out, and get some laundry done before dinner. Afterwards, I enjoyed hanging out with friends, eating and walking with my peers, and forming study groups at the library.

 

What about you?

Students participating in this and other Summerfuel at Tufts programs grow as diligent students, responsible residents, and effective socialites in the college setting. What are your thoughts on this opportunity? Could you see yourself in their shoes?

Breakfast Club at Summerfuel

As the most important meal of the day, breakfast time is always a good time! Over the weekend, we attended Summerfuel Tuft’s evening breakfast complete with a cereal bar, waffle station, bacon, eggs, bagels, yogurt, and yummy fun! This breakfast club hosted an exciting karaoke station too where students sang and jammed to the catchy tunes of Hamilton, the Bee Gees, F.U.N., and so much more! It was a great way to wind down from the busy week and enjoy each other’s company outside of the classroom.

Questing Away Together: Boda Borg Boston!

     As the students have arrived on campus for the first time, they have had to navigate the social and academic anxieties of COLLEGE: all the new information, where the classes are, how to deal with a roommate, and much more! Even though getting lost is highly likely, students are able to unwind and debrief with multiple excursions that have been planned for the weeks to come. This week, we look forward to going to Boda Borg, Six Flags, and the Red Sox Game!

     Games and amusement parks are all fun and games, but they do not compare to the level of fun and strategy that students will face at Boda Borg. Boda Borg is located in the heart of Boston and is the first one to open in the United States. With this activity, students will have to work together in order to beat levels and win the games. Whether it is crawling on their knees or playing freeze dance, everyone has a special talent that will make them an asset to their teams. Each level requires critical and physical capabilities that are incredibly fun and challenging. The competitiveness in all of us will definitely come out, which will bring us together to problem solve and conquer each level!

Welcome to Summerfuel Tufts!

Welcome to Summerfuel Tufts! Whether students have arrived via train, plane, bus, or their parent’s car, the students have arrived and are settling into their dorm rooms, exploring the campus, and getting to know their new classmates—and we couldn’t be more excited to have them here! It has been a great start to the program getting to meet parents and students and tell them a little bit about the exciting events to come.

The real fun officially kicks off this evening with our opening events, including some fun outdoor activities, informational floor meetings, and a “Flavors of the World” diversity social mixer. Students are able to share their favorite flavors of ice cream and stories with other students, their RA’s and other staff members. Then, our students will rest up for the first full day of activities and classes tomorrow! We’re so happy that our students have arrived safely and couldn’t be more excited to begin our summer adventure!

Independence Day Revelry

Two days ago Summerfuel Boston Students had the chance to learn about US Independence Day, right in a Revolutionary City. After watching a live reenactment in Cambridge Corner, our students participated in cookie decorating activities, a mini fair with face painting and finished it off with a Barbecue and fireworks. Because, in addition to history, the Fourth of July is also about fireworks and festivities! Check out the pictures here!

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The Sky Is The Limit

One of the things that we’ve imparted to our students is that ‘the sky is the limit’ in achieving their dreams. With hard work, perseverance, and integrity, a goal can become reality. And, there was no better way to personify this metaphor than by taking our students to Boston’s Skywalk Observatory, where the students could see a 360° panoramic view of the city! Check out the photos here:

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