Amateur Night at The Apollo!

This week we took a trip to the Apollo Theater for Amateur Night! Aspiring musicians, singers, rappers and spoken word artists tried their best to please the crowd with their talent. Summerfuelers cheered and jeered as they decided who stayed and who got booted off stage. Students had a blast watching performers show off their talent and compete for a chance to move on to semi-finals!

Yale University Campus Tour!

Next Stop:New Haven, Connecticut! Yesterday our students had the great opportunity of visiting the gorgeous campus of Yale University! Our campus tours were filled with learning about all of the great programs this Ivy League school has to offer along with much information on the admissions process and how to get into such a prestigious institution! Summerfuel was sure not to miss the official bookstore so that all of our students had the chance to grab some Yale gear before enjoying some free time exploring the very picturesque town of New Haven. We ended our excursion by laying out on the campus lawns while enjoying the oh-so declicious pizza from the the oldest pizzeria in all of the U.S., Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana!  Check out the photos below: IMG_1321 IMG_1322 IMG_1325 IMG_1328 IMG_1330 IMG_1336 IMG_1340 IMG_1346 IMG_1347 IMG_1350 IMG_1353 IMG_1370 IMG_1371

Central Park/ The Met Outing

Today 3 Summerfuelers decided to go to Museum Mile while the rest of the group went out to SoHo. Museum Mile is home to the Metropolitan Museum, and the girls had a blast viewing the many different exhibits. After the museum they had a chance to visit Central Park before hopping on the bus to head back to campus.

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Outing at Chelsea Pier!

Yesterday we took a short trip to the West Side of Manhattan to see what Chelsea Pier has to offer. On the way, students spotted their favorite gelato spot, Amorimo! After enjoying their authentic, flavorful, flower-shaped gelato cones, Summerfuelers made their way to Bowlmor Bowling Alley for a quick game before heading back to campus for afternoon classes.IMG_4114 IMG_4129 IMG_4131 IMG_4138 IMG_4141

Independence Day in New York City!

Students spent their first day of Summerfuel celebrating the Fourth of July at Brooklyn Bridge Park! Summerfuelers explored the park, played games, and danced the day away with their new friends.  The night ended with fireworks lighting up the night sky!





Goodbye Columbia! We’re heading Home!

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College Admission Workshop!

Through a series of interactive workshops, the students learned that preparing for the college application process is complex but approachable.

Students learned how to examine their activities and interests to produce detailed resumes. They learned how admission committees evaluate essays and letters of recommendation. Armed with information about how to access a college, the group made several campus visits. The workshops culminated with students divided into three “admissions committees” and made admission decisions on hypothetical applicants. They saw that the task is not easy!



Summerfuelers explore the Big Apple!



Summertime at CAP-Columbia is for SAT and ACT Prep, College Admissions Prep, meeting new people…and exploring New York City of course! This weekend, students took a break from SAT and ACT prep, college research, and admission essays to celebrate completing an intensive first week at Summerfuel! Students had the true NYC experience from piling into a subway to transferring between trains. After spending early Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn Bridge Park and walking the Brooklyn Bridge, we headed to Soho for some shopping and dining!


Students were able to explore the Big Apple again on Sunday in Times Square and Columbus Circle. From shopping and relaxing in Central Park, to taking lots of photos, creating new memories, and watching the Pride Parade. At the end of the day, we walked over to the Lincoln Center Theater to watch Finding Dory!