Magical Oxford – Camille Reflects

Undoubtedly, Oxford is a magical place. Throw in authentic and exciting academics to discover, new friends from around the world, and passionate teachers and mentors, and you have the makings for a summer that can change your life.

Camille was a part of Summerfuel’s 2017 Pre-College program at Oxford and had an experience that she will carry with her into her bright future:

“I attended Summerfuel’s program at Oxford in 2017  for three weeks, and it really was one of the best times! Here’s a little something about what I’ve been up to since then:

After Oxford, Johns Hopkins University. That’s where I spent the summer a year after my Oxford program with Summerfuel. It’s thanks to Summerfuel’s amazing program and the dedicated teachers that I chose to take a physiology and disease class in an American college after my Medical Science Experience. I still use my drama skills in everyday life, but the play I acted on the stage in Lady Margaret Hall is forever in my repertoire of plays. 

But Oxford wasn’t just academics, it was so much more. I lived in a piece of history for three weeks alongside some of the best people I’ve ever met. Sitting on the field in the back of Lady Margaret Hall, with the beautiful summer weather; that afternoon sun and clouds is a scene I won’t forget and continues to be my phone background. In addition to this beautiful scenery we had the chance to visit London twice and Churchill’s childhood home, which isn’t something you get to do everyday, especially in my case.

I live in Singapore, Southeast Asia, which means I’m away from most of my international friends. The ones I made at Oxford are spread around the globe: Lebanon, UK, France, US. This summer I was lucky enough to meet up with three of those special people and I hope that it was only the beginning of our meetings!

My life after high school is starting to form as I’ve sent out my applications for Med school to the British universities and will soon be doing so for universities in the US. I just recently got an offer to UCL, and I can’t wait to study in this field. One of my floor friends from Oxford is also applying to UCL so I’m sure the people I met at Summerfuel haven’t just disappeared from my life. 

To anyone reading this because they’re hesitating about whether or not they should apply and join a Summerfuel program: it’s truly something everyone should attend, and have the opportunity to enjoy. I know I did!!”

– Camille C., 17, Singapore

Click Here to learn more about Oxford Summer 2019!

New 2019 Pre-College Courses

Here at Summerfuel we always like to keep things fresh and interesting. We believe that it is so important to expand our horizons and explore new topics that we normally wouldn’t encounter in every day life. We are beyond excited to introduce new courses at all 3 of our Pre-College programs. From Fashion and App Design to Animals and the Environment, these new additions cover it all.

Pre-College at Tufts

Animal Science
Film Study
Sports Medicine
Multimedia & Web Programming
Creative Writing
American History in Boston Workshop
Art Museums of Boston Workshop
Theater Acting Workshop

Pre-College at Oxford

Film Production
Film Studies

Pre-College at UC Berkeley

Computer Science & App Design
Pitch to Production – Film
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Fashion Design
Sketch the City Workshop
TV Acting Workshop


Contact us today to learn more about these exciting new courses!

Saying Goodbye

It’s bright and early in the morning in Oxford! About half our students have left campus, and the other half are soon to follow.

It’s hard to say goodbye, especially to good friends. But we were glad to get to know all of these students this summer, and happy they were able to form strong friendships. We’re sure these bonds will last no matter what the distance is!

Jazz Over Dinner

Here are some pics of our candlelit, served final dinner:

The food was outstanding in its plating and delectable in taste. The music was relaxing, and several staff and students even participated as singers! But the highlight of the night was the company: friends made over the summer sharing memories and wishes for the future.

Lighting Up the Night

We’re moving into our final days at Lady Margaret Hall and trying to make the most of them!

The night ended with an all-programme dance lit up in neon colors. We all collaborated to make an online playlist that represented our American, Latin, and Russian musical tastes. Altogether, there have been some really great friendships formed, and it was fun to enjoy those friendships and celebrate with each other tonight!

Escape from Classes

It could be said that all our activities are an escape from classes, but we took that to another level this evening. More on that later!

It’s the final week of class here, and the teachers have saved a lot of their best material to share now. In Psychology of the Criminal Mind, students presented a final project researching an infamous serial killer, which is at once fascinating and horrifying. On the other end of the spectrum, Shakespeare’s England took a field trip to Pizza Express. What does that have to do with Shakespeare? Well, it’s located in a building that was an inn frequented by Shakespeare on his travels from London to Stratford-Upon-Avon!

To escape the heat, a group of students braved the new indoor minigolf course. Themed like a junkyard and decorated with blacklights, there’s a lot to distract you from sinking your shots!

Moving into the evening, students tested their wits against our Activities Director in an escape room. They had to solve puzzles and follow clues in order to retrieve their room key from a locked box, all in just 45 minutes! Fortunately, everyone made it…

We also held our final student forum and listened to feedback on the program overall. We’re always happy to hear positive comments and eager to listen to suggestions to continue making the program an even better experience!

Bicycles in London

Walking around a big city is one experience, but a pair of wheels makes things even better! That’s why we took a trip to Hyde Park and picked up some bikes to ride around London in style.

We were a pretty big group, but nothing that the guides at Fat Tire Bike Tours couldn’t handle. We followed them through the park and around the streets with ease while they told crazy stories about London’s past and present.

Not to be left behind, students back at campus visited Oxford’s beautiful Botanic Garden, the oldest of its kind in the UK. It was established for scientific purposes, but since then it has grown into a great place to wander and take in the diversity of the plant world.

With the evening came Spa Night, where we gathered together with a movie in the background while nails got painted and face masks got applied. The guys couldn’t get away from spa night, and I think they enjoyed their face products more than the girls!

RA Olympic Teams

It was an academically-focused day here, starting out with a presentation from Paul Kelly from JCP Advisory, an educational consultant. Students who are interested in becoming distinguished alumni of a British university benefited from his explanations and advice.

Then it was time to close out our academic seminar series with resident teacher John Rolfe, who helped us reflect on the English language. His talk centred around 12 objects here in Oxford that show the history of English, especially the difference between British and American English. It also included a student reading of Shakespeare and a memorised recitation of the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. We hope students will be prompted by this discussion to seek out some of these artifacts and landmarks themselves!


Finally, we closed out the day with an Olympic tournament of minigames. Not traditional sports by any means, these games gave students the chance to bond with their leaders and fellow students. Everyone got into the spirit of competition and hopefully exhibited some teamwork in the competition!