S’mores, and Studying, and Crafts, Oh My!

It’s no secret that Summerfuel College Admissions Prep students are dedicated to their studies. They spend hours and hours each day preparing for the college admissions process. Whether they’re working on essays, peer reviewing, learning techniques to master the tests in class, or meeting one-on-one with their college counselors, this year’s CAP students have thoroughly impressed RAs, senior staff, counselors, and teachers alike. Not only have they been able to keep up with their large work/class-loads, but they’ve also been able to have fun social lives and explore all that Berkeley has to offer. They’ve seemingly mastered skills in time-management and maintaining balance in their academic and social lives. We’re all very proud here at Summerfuel CAP Berkeley.

From an activity’s perspective, this week has been filled with karaoke, just dance, Minute to Win It challenges, build-your-own s’mores burritos/studying, and even mason jar painting! Take a look at some of this week’s activities that Summerfuel students have taken part in.


Just Dance, Karaoke, Smoothies, and Minute to Win It Night:

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Mason Jar Decorating:

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Build-Your-Own S’mores Burrito Bar and Essay Writing Lab:

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Adventures in Berkeley!



Our last college visit of the CAP program was to the University of San Francisco, a mid-sized school with about 7,000 undergrads and an impressive 14:1 teacher-student ratio. A large part of USF campus is located on a hilltop with stunning views of San Francisco. USF offers a wide range of majors, so there’s something for everyone, but the most popular majors include nursing, business, finance, communications, and psychology.

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We arrived to campus a bit earlier than scheduled, so some students decided to keep busy in the best way they could think of: a quick dance party on the steps!

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San Fran-tastic Adventures in the City

After mornings filled with academics, we took some time on both Saturday and Sunday to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

On Saturday, our first stop was to the Coast Guard Station to get some incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After four long years of construction, 11 deaths of construction workers, and $35 million dollars spent, the bridge was finally opened in 1937. We spent about 30 minutes admiring the bright orange bridge, taking full advantage of the awesome photo opportunity.

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Our next stop was to the California Academy of Sciences, where students had the opportunity to visit exhibits such as the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, to learn about the rock and roll era of the 1950s, an aquarium complete with penguins, Japanese gardens, a planetarium, play basketball, and so much more! We ended the day at Union Square, located in the heart of San Francisco, for dinner and shopping.

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On Sunday we traveled by BART train to Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the most famous tourist attractions in San Francisco, it became popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a popular seaport for lumber, fish, and immigrants. The students had fun shopping and walking around the pier, seeing the sights of the boats that are harbored there as well as a population of sea lions! They also indulged in ice cream and In-N-Out burger, a West Coast fast food staple.


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Banana Slugs and Boardwalks

Today we took a break from some of their classes and workshops to visit the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. Our first stop was at UC Santa Cruz where the students were given a comprehensive tour of the campus while learning about the courses and resources offered there. UC Santa Cruz is not only home to around 17,000 undergraduate students but also one of the most unique college mascots, the banana slug! When the tour was completed, we made our way down to the boardwalk by the beach where the students received passes to go on unlimited rides for free!  Some students even tried their hand at some of the games the boardwalk had to offer.  Stay tuned for more updates on fun excursions into the Bay Area!IMG_2205 IMG_2060 IMG_2296 IMG_2741 IMG_2687 IMG_2775 IMG_2721 IMG_2768

The Big C

The students went on a beautiful hike up to “The Big C” to enjoy views of the whole city of Berkeley and across the bay into San Francisco.  A popular tradition among Cal students is to go on the swing at the peak of the hike or simply relax on lawn chairs up there and study.  IMG_0882 IMG_1407 2 IMG_3954 IMG_1181 IMG_3266

CAP Students visit Stanford and Santa Clara

After spending the morning writing essays, CAP students headed off to spend the afternoon touring colleges. Our first stop was Stanford, where bicycles are the most popular way of getting around the beautiful, prestigious campus. We learned about student life, academics, and got the chance to ask questions to a current Stanford student.

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Our next stop of the day was to Santa Clara University, a smaller campus with about 5,500 students. Though it’s a Jesuit school, it welcomes people of all faiths and religion does not have to play a role in your experience at Santa Clara. Santa Clara offers great study abroad programs and many students take advantage of them, as financial aid and scholarships follow students abroad!


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Fun at Cal

Each day, CAP students spend hours in class prepping for SAT/ACT exams, essay writing, college admissions, or meeting individually with college counselors to discuss their plans. While the workload is heavy, we’ve still got lots of time for fun!

To satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth, we organized a trip to Yali’s cafe, Cinnaholic vegan custom cinnamon rolls, and Ben and Jerry’s creamery all just minutes walking from Cal campus. It’s safe to say, we’re now all Cinnaholics.

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In the evening, we put the students’ knowledge of campus/Berkeley to the test with a scavenger hunt! Tasks ranged from posing with the Haas School of Business Bears and filming a dramatic death scene in front of the Greek Theatre. Check it out!


To wrap up our scavenger hunt, CAP students enjoyed pizza and games in the rec room. Follow us on Instagram for daily updates!


A Tour of UC Berkeley

We kicked off our first day of CAP with SAT/ACT prep classes, a college admissions workshop, and an official tour of our own UC Berkeley campus! Students had the chance to learn all about what Cal has to offer, explore campus, and learn a fun fact or two. The stacks below the library are made up of 4 floors, each about the size of a football field and a half! There are millions of books. Summerfuelers even had the chance to participate in a UC Berkeley campus tradition AT 4.0 hill. Legend tells that by rolling down the hill at the beginning of the semester, you’d get a 4.0! Check out some pictures from our tour.