Final Week at Tufts!

College Admissions Edge students have been making the most of every hour of the day – from SAT Class to Essay Writing, Admissions workshops, and college visits. Students visited UMass Boston on Thursday, and had a blast that night at the Magic & Hypnosis Show. It was incredible to see what the hypnotist could do! Friday was another busy day with College Counseling and Mock Admissions. Students had a chance to unwind on Saturday with a trip to Boston, and late night pizza bagels, crafts and Singstar Karaoke. Sunday night was a fun celebration for some Summerfuel birthdays, including cake, cards, and balloons.

We are officially in our final week at Tufts, and we are excited to keep the fun and learning rolling!

Up, Up, and Away: TreeTop Adventures

“You’re the RA, you go first.”

The students stared at me, waiting for a response.

“You want to see an RA die today?” I joked nervously, looking up at the trees. Not wanting to hold up the line, I slowly clipped on my harness, following the directions the TreeTop instructors had shown us a few minutes earlier.

|=Lock on with the tweezle. Clip on. Climb up.

I thought the worst was over as I huffed and puffed to the top of the tree. When I turned around, a single metal cable greeted me. This meant one thing; I had to zip-line across to get to the next tree. I was ten feet up and the next tree was twenty feet across.

I am afraid of heights.

I was already up there, I couldn’t go back now. After a moment of contemplating, I finally clipped onto my zipline. I looked across to the next tree; I closed my eyes and pushed.

WOOOOOOOOSH, just like that, a rush of wind and adrenaline carried me over to the other side.

I sighed in relief.

This is kind of fun…

        Last Saturday, was the Treetop Adventures excursion. For most of the students, it was their very first time in a high ropes obstacles course. While many were very excited, some had their doubts. Slowly, the fears of the students disappeared as they geared up, learned the safety procedures, and went onto the courses. The courses were divided up by difficulty, some close to the ground with lots of wooden platforms while others were high up in the sky, with only cable strings to walk on. Several of the students challenged themselves, moving onto the harder courses as they finished an obstacle. Groups of friends would travel together and cheered each other on whenever one got stuck. Although it was challenging, overall Treetop Adventures was a new and exciting experience for the Summerfuel students.

written by: Amy Lee


Tufts Tour & Game Show Mash-Up

Monday was students’ first full day on campus, and it was a busy one. We ate breakfast in the dining hall, with lots of tasty options to choose from, met the staff, and students had their first SAT Prep class with The Princeton Review. In the afternoon, students had a Tufts Info Session, Campus Tour, and Admissions Visit – the first of many college visits throughout the program. Later, students had their first Essay Writing class, where they will craft ideas and work towards creating a strong personal statement for their college applications. After dinner, students enjoyed their Admissions Workshop and focused on the questions “Who are you? What is best for you?” To finish off a busy first day, CAE students joined the other Summerfuel Tufts programs at the Game-Show Mash-Up.

Second Session Has Begun

Yesterday we welcomed the students attending the second session of the College Admissions Edge program as well as students joining the Pre-College program for the second session. Everyone arrived safely from around the globe, are settling in to their new home at Harleston Hall, and meeting the students that were already here for Session 1. Last night students had Orientation and Director’s Welcome, along with a floor meeting with their RA’s, and a Summer Smoothies Mixer. We look forward to what the next two weeks hold!

An RA’s Welcome

Welcome to Summerfuel Tufts 2018. It is your typical Boston summer day; it is extremely hot, but all of our Residential Advisors are hydrated and ready to welcome our students for a summer full of fun, activities, excursions, but more importantly, an unforgettable experience.

      Today takes me back to my first day of college. I hopped on a plane and left my hometown of Los Angeles to small-town Northfield, Minnesota. Just like my first day of college, students at Summerfuel have to navigate some of the most exciting, though sometimes nerve-wracking, experiences, like meeting a new roommate, getting a new schedule, deciding what to eat at the student cafeteria and exploring the new town they will call home.

     Here at Summerfuel Tufts, we have a team of Senior Staff and Residential Advisors that not only love working with young people, but also love having the opportunity to assist students through that journey. Whether they meet students from all over the US or the world, our students here at Summerfuel start their experience with the impression that diversity is celebrated and worth sharing ice cream over at our “Flavors of the World” mixer.

     Soon enough, our students will start traveling in cohorts to classes and asking their Residential Advisors about their own college experiences. We will all reminisce on the SAT and all the time we dedicated to that exam.  At Summerfuel Tufts, we are confident that our students will leave our summer program more independent, prepared to take on college courses, and proud to be Global Citizens.

Resident Advisor,

-Richard Aviles

Session 1 Comes to an End

Today marks the end of Session 1 of the Pre-College and College Admissions Edge programs at Tufts University. CAE students as well as students only attending Session 1 of PC are departing today to travel back to their homes around the world. Two weeks have flown by, and students are leaving with new friends, new knowledge, and lots of stories to tell their loved ones back home. We wish all those that are leaving Tufts today a great rest of the summer, and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you do in the future!

Time Is Flying!

Yesterday students had their daily SAT class with the Princeton Review in the morning, and then were off to visit beautiful Boston College in the afternoon, followed by dinner in Davis Square and their essay writing lab. Hard to believe only two days remain!

Birthdays, Bingo, BU & Babson Visits

Week two is off to a great start! Students took their second SAT diagnostic test on Monday to see how they have improved since last week. SAT Classes have been taking place, along with Essay Writing, Crafting Your Resume workshop, Writing Your Application workshop, and more. Students enjoyed visits to Boston University as well as Babson College. Outside of class, students celebrated birthdays at the Summerfuel Birthday Party, played Superhero Bingo, and are heading to a Community Dinner in Davis Square with their RAs tonight.