Yesterday our Tufts Summerfuel staff and students danced the night away with a final dance party. The flashing lights and blaring music drew in an incredible crowd of students. Many of these students had just completed their major program projects and were ready for major stress relief as many prepared to depart today.
Over the course of their programs, students attended numerous events, such as trips to downtown Boston and karaoke nights, that provided them ample opportunity to meet new students and make lifelong connections. Within the Summerfuel programs, the dance party proved itself to be a popular event in terms of sociability with their new friends. Students enjoyed being able to relax after their final exams and projects, and have the chance to dance the night away in a whirlwind of fun memories that left everyone beaming with joy.
By the time students finished at 10 pm, students tiredly made their way back to their dorms. Physically, they were tired, but emotionally, they felt more connected and ready for more!
As previously mentioned, Summerfuel Tufts coordinates fun activities for the students every evening. Sadly, for our Pre-College and College Admissions Edge Programs, this was their last activity before going back home. We are thankful for all the memories shared and we wish them all the best with their future endeavors as they transition to college-life soon in all corners of the world.
This past Sunday meant lots of different activities for Summerfuel students, while our new International Relations program began their orientation.
Students had the opportunity to visit downtown Boston, and explore all that the city has to offer. Many students chose to go to Newbury Street for a day of shopping, but others opted to stay and explore Quincy Market. Other travel options included Fenway, The New England Aquarium, The Museum of Fine Arts, and walking the Freedom Trail.
Your Tufts RA’s chose to visit Modern Pastry for cannoli and tiramisu, trying anything to beat the heat.
The weather did not slow us down! And the residents had a memorable day in Boston. After they returned from the trip, the evening offered a program-wide birthday party for anyone who will be celebrating a birthday throughout the week or month.
Mocha, the eight year old gentle chocolate lab graced Summerfuel Tufts with her presence this Monday afternoon. Her friendly and approachable demeanor attracted a variety of students from different programs to observe her excel at dog tricks. She sat, shook paws/hands, rolled around, acted dead and even caught a tennis ball in the air! She was a welcome surprise for the students and truly made their day!
Mocha’s performance helped soothe students as they approach their last few weeks at Summerfuel. They enjoyed petting her, rolling around with her and ‘AWWing’ in synchrony to her cuteness. It was fantastic to see all the students surround her, care for her every need (lots of water) and truly showed the power of cute dogs.
We look forward to welcoming Mocha back on campus next year and cannot wait to help our students finish strong!
Every year for registrations our students check in, receive their key card, lanyard, program materials – including some epic swag. While they go table by table picking up all the previously mentioned items, we always have a table with a banner where they can sign their names.
Today we can proudly say that the banner has been completed and the featured picture reflects our 350+ students that have attended a Tufts Summerfuel program this Summer 2019!
We have had a blast with all the students coming in through the various programs. It has been wonderful seeing these future college students step into a season of seeing what college life is like, learning about new things, developing their skills, and creating friendships that will last for many years to come. We are excited to see what the rest of the Summer holds and to share more about what our students are experiencing! Stay tuned for more…
Summerfuel at Tufts University wrapped up its third week with lots of exciting activities! While it is sad to say goodbye to our Leadership for Social Change friends, we were certain that they had a memorable experience.
Thursday night students watched and were a part of a magic and hypnotism show where the self-proclaimed mentalist predicted birthdays, cards, and numbers from the audience. The students claimed that the best part of the show was the hypnotism aspect – as volunteers were dancing, falling asleep, and crying after “seeing” Emma Watson.
Friday, students had the option to partake in sports on the residential quad, like ultimate frisbee and kickball, or a DIY (“Do It Yourself”) night where they made lip scrubs and soaps as a way to promote self-care, especially with exams coming up. The next day, we had a board game and pizza bagel night where students had the opportunity to engage with their peers and the staff.
Summerfuel @ Tufts University is getting ready to enter its FOURTH week! The students and staff have formed many happy memories over this summer through a variety of activities from college tours to tug- of- war matches. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching our students grow and form bonds that will live on after this summer has ended. We are so thrilled to share these pictures with you as they are a collection of the memories that have been made here thus far at Summerfuel.
This past Sunday, Summerfuel at Tufts University welcomed many new students! We have just started our Engineering Design Lab and Program and Application Design programs this week as well as welcoming a new batch of Pre College and College Admissions Experience students. On top of the usual, like giving students the rundown of the Dewick-Macphie Dining Center, new students participated in various activities to keep them engaged.
Their Resident Assistants (RA’s) led them in icebreaker activities, and later they attended the Smoothie Social. It was an excellent event for getting to know the students that they would be living, learning, and hanging out with for the next few weeks.
Monday was a continuation of Sunday’s orientation, with an informational skit and presentation by our staff. Students were also given a tour of the Tufts University campus, so they are comfortable navigating it during their Summerfuel experience.
Finally, students competed in a live game show night, where they played Family Feud, Jeopardy! and other games, for a chance to win some t-shirts.
On Tuesday, July 9th, Summerfuel hosted “Street Art Night” to encourage students’ creativity and expression. This event more specifically involved “Chalk the Walk” and “Paint the Cannon.” Students were given a variety of colored chalks to decorate the walkway leading to and from Carmichael Hall. Their drawings ranged from simple designs and flowers to more intricate depictions of famous characters. Additionally, small canvases and wooden picture frames were provided along with paints and brushes if students wanted more structure to their art.
In “Paint the Cannon,” a group of students participated in a multi-decade-long tradition of painting a replica of a 24-pound cannon from the USS Constitution set in the middle of the Tufts campus. Students used multi-colored spray paints to decorate the cannon in their summer arcade theme, along with their program names and “Summerfuel.” Our night time activities are a great opportunity for students from all across our programs to meet and bond. Stay tuned to hear about the exciting activities we have coming up this week!