It’s no secret that Summerfuel College Admissions Prep students are dedicated to their studies. They spend hours and hours each day preparing for the college admissions process. Whether they’re working on essays, peer reviewing, learning techniques to master the tests in class, or meeting one-on-one with their college counselors, this year’s CAP students have thoroughly impressed RAs, senior staff, counselors, and teachers alike. Not only have they been able to keep up with their large work/class-loads, but they’ve also been able to have fun social lives and explore all that Berkeley has to offer. They’ve seemingly mastered skills in time-management and maintaining balance in their academic and social lives. We’re all very proud here at Summerfuel CAP Berkeley.
From an activity’s perspective, this week has been filled with karaoke, just dance, Minute to Win It challenges, build-your-own s’mores burritos/studying, and even mason jar painting! Take a look at some of this week’s activities that Summerfuel students have taken part in.
Just Dance, Karaoke, Smoothies, and Minute to Win It Night:
Mason Jar Decorating:
Build-Your-Own S’mores Burrito Bar and Essay Writing Lab:
Adventures in Berkeley!
After mornings filled with academics, we took some time on both Saturday and Sunday to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.
On Saturday, our first stop was to the Coast Guard Station to get some incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After four long years of construction, 11 deaths of construction workers, and $35 million dollars spent, the bridge was finally opened in 1937. We spent about 30 minutes admiring the bright orange bridge, taking full advantage of the awesome photo opportunity.
Our next stop was to the California Academy of Sciences, where students had the opportunity to visit exhibits such as the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, to learn about the rock and roll era of the 1950s, an aquarium complete with penguins, Japanese gardens, a planetarium, play basketball, and so much more! We ended the day at Union Square, located in the heart of San Francisco, for dinner and shopping.
On Sunday we traveled by BART train to Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the most famous tourist attractions in San Francisco, it became popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a popular seaport for lumber, fish, and immigrants. The students had fun shopping and walking around the pier, seeing the sights of the boats that are harbored there as well as a population of sea lions! They also indulged in ice cream and In-N-Out burger, a West Coast fast food staple.
Last night students said goodbye to one another at our farewell meeting. Fortunately, there were Insomnia cookies for us to cope with the sadness of departure. We were truly glad to have such a great crew of students this session and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!
Each day, CAP students spend hours in class prepping for SAT/ACT exams, essay writing, college admissions, or meeting individually with college counselors to discuss their plans. While the workload is heavy, we’ve still got lots of time for fun!
To satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth, we organized a trip to Yali’s cafe, Cinnaholic vegan custom cinnamon rolls, and Ben and Jerry’s creamery all just minutes walking from Cal campus. It’s safe to say, we’re now all Cinnaholics.
In the evening, we put the students’ knowledge of campus/Berkeley to the test with a scavenger hunt! Tasks ranged from posing with the Haas School of Business Bears and filming a dramatic death scene in front of the Greek Theatre. Check it out!
To wrap up our scavenger hunt, CAP students enjoyed pizza and games in the rec room. Follow us on Instagram for daily updates!