Students Get an Adrenaline Rush and then Walk the Freedom Trail…

Over the weekend our students took bonding to another level on their adventure to Six Flags New England! With perfect weather and a variety of games, they had the chance to play games, win prizes, and deepen friendships, all while thrill seeking.

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The following day, they then expanded their knowledge of US history, walking the Freedom Trail’s historic sites, from City Hall, past the King’s Chapel, to Faneuil Hall. Students learned of great leaders, difficult battles, the impact of slavery and the importance of courage. From the classroom into the world, they are developing the skills and insights needed to make them the best leaders of tomorrow!

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Ready, Set, Action…

Students arrived and had a day of exploring Boston and becoming acclimated between Wednesday and today. From a Scavenger hunt around campus, to learning the Harvard area and an ice cream social, bonds and friendships are quickly being made and leadership lessons being learned. Stay tuned for their first team building activity pics….

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Arrival to Harvard A Success

Today kicked off the successful beginning of our students’ first day as Summerfuel Leadership and Innovation Boston participants.  Every student was picked up from the airport without issue and arrived at Harvard Law School safely. And, to their credit, they were all in high spirits.  Friendships are forming, anticipation is growing, and our students are excited for what’s sure to be an unforgettable part of their summer.  Stay tuned!

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The Leadership and Innovation Residential Support Team

Dr. Catherine Simpson, is the Director for Summerfuel Leadership and Innovation Boston. She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Georgia within the Spanish Department, and she received her Bachelor’s from there as well. She received her Ph.D. From Stonybrook college in Long Island, New York. Dr. Simpson has several years of experience working with students, and is a veteran Summerfuel staff member.  She is excited to meet our incoming class.

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Jennifer Edwards, MBA, is the Assistant Director/Dean of Students for Summerfuel Leadership and Innovation, Boston. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin, before working for several years in education, international trade and management. She has worked extensively with youth and continues to be involved in educational initiatives. She just completed her MBA at the University of Rochester, and is looking forward to working with our students!

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Elizabeth Simoneaux, is a Resident Assistant this summer. She is currently pursuing her BA at Stephen F. Austin State School in Dance and Theatre Education. She has worked with students throughout her college career, as an academic and extracurricular mentor and coach. This is her second year working as an RA with Summerfuel, and she cannot wait to meet our students.

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Ryan Mao, is a Resident Assistant for our summer program. He is currently completing his BA in Management, Capital Markets and Finance at Bentley University. He has worked with and mentored youth at his university and is looking forward to a great summer with this year’s students.

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Boston = Foodie Central

Food culture is huge in Boston! They first made tea popular, but now everyone knows about Boston Baked Beans as well! And you can get them everywhere! Our students will have the chance to really dig in and experience dining at its most fun and finest here around Cambridge and Boston! Get ready to get your foodie on!

Boston Burger Madness

Boston Burger Madness

Cambridge Vibing

If you haven’t heard yet, Cambridge is the dopest place to be this summer! Colorful and vibrant, this town is buzzing with energy! There are: trails, sporting, restaurants, boutiques and most importantly, Harvard, waiting to be explored! We can’t wait for our students to get here next week for an incredible adventure!

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Prepare For College With Our Pre-College Programs

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Who doesn’t love summer? Between the warm weather, gorgeous blue skies, and summer time activities, the approaching season holds quite a bit of potential. However, what if we told you there is a better way to spend your summer? A way to not only have a great time with great people, but to also gain valuable life experience in the process? While this might sound too good to be true, at Summerfuel, we deliver just that. Our Pre-college summer programs are designed to enrich our students lives through academic, social, and personal development. Because summer is almost upon us, we are going to use today’s post to go over our main pre-college summer programs for high school students, what students can expect from these programs, and what students can expect to gain from these amazing experiences. Continue reading below to learn more!

Oxford Provides Historical Inspiration

The Summerfuel Oxford program allows students to experience life at one the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. For centuries, Oxford has been celebrated for its long-standing traditions, amazing architecture, and academic prowess, cementing its place in history as one of the most developed universities the world over. During this pre-college summer program, students will get to experience what life is like as an undergraduate at Oxford while also attending seminars designed to challenge them mentally and academically. Students are encouraged to pick two seminars to explore during the program in order to explore the subjects in an in-depth way, improving their academic skills and providing them with new avenues to discover and explore their passions. In addition to academic work, students will take part in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and excursions designed to explore the Oxford campus and the surrounding cities. These excursions are reserved for Saturdays and Sundays during the program and gives students the opportunity to explore London, Broughton Castle, Bath, and Blenheim Palace.

Tufts in Boston Showcases American Excellence

Looking for a domestic pre-college summer program? Our Tufts program helps students to prepare for the rigors of college both intellectually and socially by providing them with a full on college experience. Located just outside of Boston, Tufts University is one of the top ranked universities in the nation and is far enough away from the city to feel secluded yet close enough to allow students to explore the many interesting areas of this historic location. The Tufts program is designed to encourage high school students to discover and explore the learning options that interest them. This pre-college summer program allows students to take two workshops and four courses over a four week period, providing them the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the academics of the program. In addition to academic programs, students are given full run of the Tuft University campus and the weekends are dedicated to exploring Boston and the surrounding historical areas of the city and include visits to Six Flags, the beach, and a Boston Red Sox game.

Berkeley Offers a Unique Research University Experience

Widely considered one of the nation’s top research universities, Berkeley challenges high school students to engage with their peers on an intellectual and personal level, fostering a better learning experience and an unforgettable summer experience. Summerfuel’s Berkeley program is designed to complement the liberal arts environment that has made Berkely so famous and students of this program are strongly encouraged to explore different learning options within the program and take control of their academic interests. During this program, students select a major course for the morning and an elective course during the afternoon. The morning course meets five times per week, while the afternoon courses vary between three to four weekly meetings. In addition to major and elective courses, students can choose between multiple workshops that will help them develop academic and interpersonal skills that are pertinent to their specific passions. Outside of academic course work, students are offered multiple excursion opportunities around the Berkeley area including visits to Six Flags, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a San Francisco Giants baseball game. This program offers a truly unforgettable summer experience.

 

If any of these programs have piqued your interest, or you feel that one of these programs would be a perfect fit for your high school student, please visit our website today for some more in-depth information. At Summerfuel, we have been coordinating and executing pre-college summer programs for years and we feel that our programs offer the best in both academic and extracurricular activities to enrich students’ experiences. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of our students comes away from the program having had a positive experience, both academically and personally. Visit our website today and let us help you turn a normal summer into a summer that you will never forget!

Mr. And Mrs. Summerfuel Competition

Mr. And Mrs. Summerfuel is an annual competition that has had different variations in the past. This year there was a talent and question and answer portion, which would help the judges determine the winner.

Congratulations to Soraya and Rodolfo who were the winners of Mr. And Mrs. Summerfuel!