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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.