A Message from Director George

Summerfuel Tufts 2019 opened up to students on June 30th.   The halls of Carmichael and Wren were quickly covered with decorations and we welcomed over 155 students from around the world to a very unique summer experience in New England. 

In line with our summer arcade theme, we were honored to have guest appearances by Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, and Pac Man as we made new friends, connected with faculty and opened up our minds to acquire new knowledge and perspectives.  Together we got involved with campus activities, and were treated to a taste of what college life might be like. 

As the weeks progressed, we welcomed more and more students to the Summerfuel family until by Week 4 we had over 400 Summerfuelers exploring the Tufts campus, Boston and Davis Square. 

The residential quad became our home we we creatively chalked the sidewalk, held friendly competitions towards the Greek Cup, enjoyed an outdoor movie, challenged friends to a kickball game, took a walk on the slack line, or just enjoyed a casual nap in the afternoon. 

We will always cherish the moments that Tufts has provided us and hope they will continue to inspire us to be better community leaders and responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.  Although the seasons change and the summer must come to a close now, the connections that we’ve created and the skills that we’ve gained will be of enormous support as we move forward. 

Keep those ‘gold coin’ treasures in your pocket and level up for your next life adventure! 

Best wishes and safe travels!  Okay?  Got it?  Good.

– GK aka Director George

*Left to Right: Head of House Ryan Maher, Student Hieu & Director George Kinzel

Goodbyes or See-you-laters?

Our “Summer Arcade” is slowly coming to an end and we’ve slowly wished new friends farewell over these last weeks.  As the days have gone by, we reflect on all of the memories shared and friendships created here at Summerfuel.

Yesterday we had our last staff meeting. We shared memories of our last six weeks / two months (depending on the staff member), played some “Minute-to-Win-It!” games and tested our knowledge about the staff team that was with us throughout this season.


*Resident Advisors Alex and Cameron won these Summerfuel caps during our last staff meeting

*Staff team the final week

Life as a Resident Assistant (RA)

This weekend, Summerfuel at Tufts said goodbye to many students and staff. Resident Assistant (RA) Nodir spoke to RA Alayna, as she reflected on her Summerfuel experience.

RA Nodir: Hi there, can you tell me a little about who you are and where you are from?

Sure – so I’m Alayna and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.  I graduated in 2017 and I’ve been doing a variety of different things but my goal is to work in higher ed… which led me to apply for a position with Summerfuel.

N: What did you most enjoy about Summerfuel? What is your favorite memory?

I really enjoyed getting to know my residents and the RA staff. Favorite memory? Oh gosh…

I enjoyed just kind of laughing about random things, going back and forth with staff, talking to new students, hearing about their day and their program, what they’re learning. I don’t know, the students are just so amazing that being around them has been my favorite part of the experience.  I know that they’re going to make big changes in the world.

N: Was there an excursion you really liked?

I really liked the Kennedy Institute. I went with my International Relations students. It was nice hearing what they got out of it, the decisions politicians make when they’re passing bills…

N: Is there anything that you feel your students taught you?

One thing that sticks out to me in particular, is how one of my students said she didn’t have a goal in mind for what she was becoming in international relations. She was going in to see how far she can go, just to experience, and I thought it was interesting.

N: We had staff from many different backgrounds. Is there anything you would say you learned from them?

I enjoyed just being able to get to know people and where they’re going.  I was really surprised by the amount of  international experience people had before coming here. One of my favorite conversations was learning more about what people were studying, and their favorite memories while working with students or discussions about studying abroad and learning more about what they did and love. 

N: Is there anything else you would like to share?

I definitely would say, if I could have the same people and the same experience it is definitely something that I would do again.

Summerfuel Students Watch the Democratic Debates

Summerfuel Students are not just focused on fun, but also strive to be politically informed as some of the future leaders of our country. On Tuesday and Wednesday students gathered together to watch the Democratic debates. During the viewing party there was rousing discussion and commentary all fueled by some delicious puppy chow made by RA Felicia and our Activities Director Glen. We love seeing our students engaging with current events and the world around them!

Weekend fun!

This past weekend students were able to explore our Boston community through excursions to the Kennedy Institute, the Cambridgeside Galleria, and to Boston. In Addition, Summerfuel offered a variety of fun activities for students in the evening. Students who attended the Boston Trip On Saturday were able to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer– from the glamorous Newbury St Summerfuel Tufts students joined up with Summerfuel MIT students to have a joint Breakfast Club Open Mic event. Students showed off their amazing singing voices and thought- provoking poetry while enjoying a late breakfast of waffles and bacon.

Sunday evening, students gathered together to cook and bake for the Global Cuisine Potluck. From baked ziti to a ramen bar, students worked hard to bring many delicious dishes to the table. Afterwards, students attended a mock Model UN conference to deal with a World War III simulation. Students, as leaders of different countries, navigated economic collapse, civil war, resource depletion, and changing alliances to come up with resolutions to solve their countries’ problems. 


Jeopardy! at Summerfuel Tufts

Yesterday, the students at Summerfuel Tufts students participated in a game of Jeopardy!

All of the students had a chance to show off their trivia knowledge in categories like Geography, US History, Sports and Pop Culture, Summerfuel Trivia, Video Games, and Colleges/Universities. They were split into five teams: Potato Head, Watermelon, Puffin, Crab and Reindeer.

A Day of Sportsmanship

On Friday, July 26th, students took to the Residential Quad to prove their might against their friends in a game of kickball. The teams were divided in a manner that allowed people from different programs and halls to intermingle with one another. For some students, this was their first moment returning to the kickball field since their glory days in elementary school, while others had never heard of the game and were introduced to this classic American childhood game. Each team fought to be the champions, but only one team came out on top (congratulations to Team Justin).

Slowly, adventurous students splintered off into playing other games as well; the quad was filled with students competing in soccer, walking a slackline, and playing kickball. Gentle music filled the air, and everyone felt an ambience of relaxation and joy.

International Relations goes to the Ted Kennedy Institute

Although students from our International Relations (IR) program were the last we welcomed to Tufts University, they have brought so much fantastic energy to campus! Our IR program consists of students from across the world who have a common vision of bringing about change on an international level. With globalization and migration climbing up the ladder, we have seen a rise in issues that needs to be addressed. Fortunately, the interdisciplinary nature of the IR program at Tufts University allows students to explore different topics spread across different academic fields.

On Saturday  July 27 the Summerfuel Tufts International Relations Program took a trip to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Students had a chance to tour the museum and sit in the full scale reproduction of the United States Senate Chamber. During their visit IR students were broken into political parties and performed a senate simulation regarding a U.S. immigration bill. After four break out sessions, students reconvened to vote. While consensus was not necessarily reached, IR students came to a better understanding of the U.S. senate and the nuances of the legislative branch.