Truth be told, I was slightly wary of heading up to Massachusetts for the College Admission Preparation program. However, after a warm welcome from the RAs and getting to know the other campers through the orientation games, I realized that my former anxiety was rooted in finally having to face the college admissions process head on. Thankfully, after two weeks of intensive instruction and learning, I am much more prepared for the journey to come.
Even after the first day of instruction, I had already learned countless tips, tricks and shortcuts to help me conquer the SAT. All of the activities under the CAP program, from the SAT/ACT Test Prep and Essay Writing Workshops to College Counseling Sessions, allowed me to gain extensive knowledge into the application process. The courses are taught by professionals in their field: real high school college counselors and real Princeton Review course instructors.
Academia aside, Summerfuel’s schedule includes chunks of downtime for relaxation. During these periods, you could find campers chilling in the common room or outside kicking around a soccer ball. Not to mention, the camp is incredibly diverse. I met students from all over: New York, Michigan, Russia, Bulgaria, and even China. One night, I bonded with a boy from Lebanon over our favorite rap artist. At Summerfuel, simple areas of commonality helped me form great relationships with new and interesting people, despite the differences in our backgrounds.
Some days were highlighted with tours to top colleges in the greater Boston area. The College Counseling sessions taught me how to get the most out of a college tour. When it came time to visit Babson and Boston College, I was able to widely broaden my knowledge of two institutions I plan on applying to come Fall of my senior year.
In short, Summerfuel is for the go-getters: the students who seek opportunity and work hard to see it through. The scheduled activities and excursions, on the most basic level, characterize Summerfuel as your average summer camp. In reality, however, it’s so much more. Summerfuel’s CAP course allowed me to reflect on who I currently am as a student and as a person, and then prompted me to imagine who I want to be during and after college. To be completely honest, I was petrified by the prospects of the admissions process. This camp helped me overcome that anxiety. Summerfuel has equipped me with the tools and the confidence necessary to enter the admissions arena and actively pursue my ideal self. For only two weeks of my summer vacation, it proved to be an invaluable experience.
- Toby Ilogu, Class of 2019