Classes are coming to a close for our Summerfuelers. Over the past two weeks, students have studied with Princeton Review tutors in over 18 hours of SAT or ACT prep as well as completed 3 diagnostic tests. Many students have seen significant jumps in their scores and we are proud of all that they have accomplished. Students are also walking away with polished and edited personal statements after working with our essay writing specialists, Nikki and Caitlin. In addition, each student has logged over 8 hours in Admissions workshops with our veteran college counselors as well as at least 2 personalized, individual meetings going over things like likely-target-reach schools, financial aid, and the general application process. Students have truly made their summer count and are ready to start their junior and senior years of high school strong.
We also went on our final two college tours this week to the University of San Francisco and Stanford University.
USF is a medium-sized, private university affiliated with the Catholic Church. Students took a tour of their beautiful campus that had great views of the city. The motto at USF is “Change the World from Here” as the university has a strong social justice component – in fact, it has been on the Higher Ed Community Service Honor Roll for 8 years in a row. USF is also ranked in the Top 20 of entrepreneurial schools – about one third of students study something in the Business and Marketing fields. Our tour guides, both USF students, explained to us why they loved USF from the diversity to living in San Francisco to the strong Nursing program to caring faculty. As student interest went from our group, this was one of the most popular tours yet.
During free time, some of the guys played soccer on the quad and some girls got manicures and pedicures with Sarah. There were also water gun and water balloon fights with everyone and a movie night at the local cinema – Finding Dory was a huge hit!
Up next was Stanford. On Friday, Summerfuelers hopped on a bus to Palo Alto for a campus tour of one of the best universities in the world. Our tour guide, Lilly, did a great job giving us the history of Stanford and fun facts about the university. Students were in awe of the gorgeous campus as well as all of the opportunities available to students at Stanford. It was a great trip to round out our college tours!
We can’t believe the program is coming to an end! This has been a great group and they have made lasting friendships. Everyone is excited to hang out tonight all together one last time during our final celebration. On the agenda is a pizza party, root beer and coke floats, and a Karaoke and dance party with a DJ.
Dear CAP Berkeley Summerfuel Family and Friends,
I’m happy to say that our campers have arrived safely and they have already begun to embark on what is bound to be a memorable two weeks of learning, personal growth, friendship, and fun! Classes and major activities kick off Monday. Despite jet lag and fatigue, our campers have been in top form. You can stay updated on all of our camp happenings on the Summerfuel snapchat and right here on the CAP Berkeley blog. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email or give us a call at 646.465.2940 between 9am and 9pm PST.
Our beautiful home for the next two weeks
Our first arrivals! So excited to have Jackie, Isis, and Ryan with us.
Maia, Matteo and Susanna hang in the airport while we wait for more Summerfuelers
In route to UC Berkeley from SFO
After orientation, we played some ice breakers to get to know everyone. Jake was our winner for Human Bingo!
Welcome Summerfuel families!
We have had a wonderful week of getting everything prepared for the students and their arrival; we know this will be a summer to remember! We have 8 friendly RAs and 4 Senior Staff member to take care of our students for the four weeks they are here with us.
If you need to contact us, our phone number is 1 (347) 255-7631.
We are so excited for it all to begin!
Things have been non-stop here! Yesterday we got all 127 students here with only one lost bag. You could see the excitement, but also the jetlag, on everyone’s faces. The students met their RAs that will be looking after their safety and happiness for the summer, and the groups all started to bond.
Today we played lots of icebreakers and team-building activities, as well as went on a campus tour to see some of the main sites of Berkeley. The campus is beautiful and we are lucky to spend the summer here. Later, everyone went to their first class and met one of their teachers they will have this summer. Classes were a great success, but students can change classes through Thursday if need be, and workshops through Friday. It’s really special to see all the friendships forming, and in four short weeks they will be very attached to their Summerfuel friends. But we have plenty to do before then! Plenty more updates to come soon! Greetings from California!
It’s 11pm EST and all of the Summerfuel UMass Amherst students have arrived safely for Session 1. Day 1 of Student Orientation begins with Breakfast in the morning followed by a campus tour, the opening Welcome Session and an orientation to their AM class. Here’s a look back at some of our arrivals on Sunday…
It’s warm, sunny and gorgeous blue skies here in Amherst, Massachusetts as we await the arrival of the Summerfuel UMass students! Staff are stationed at Logan Airport in Boston throughout the day to greet student arrivals and assist them with getting on our shuttles to campus. For those who are driving to campus, you can pull right up to the front of our building to check-in and unload your student’s belongings. It’s North A at 56 Eastman Lane, Amherst, MA, 01003 as seen in this photo.
Hello Summerfuel friends and family!
Our students are all arriving here at Berkeley and we could not be more excited to finally meet them. We have had a great week with the staff, getting everything prepared for the students, and we know this summer will be another smashing success. We have 13 thoughtful RAs and 5 Senior Staff members to take care of our 128 students for the four weeks they are here with us.
We are staying in the Foothill dorms on the Berkeley campus, and we are so lucky to have such amazing views of the bay and San Francisco across the bay. We have already sampled the dining hall food and it is so delicious and the weather has been beautiful as well.
If you need to contact us, our Summerfuel office phone number is +1 (646) 468-7462. This office will be open from 8:30am-11:oopm daily, California time. Our students can also receive mail here this summer, if sent to:
Foothill Residence Halls
2700 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94720-2292 USA
We can’t wait for it all to begin tomorrow! We know this will be the summer of their lives!
Best wishes from your Senior Staff team,
Willem, Alicia, Danny, Dave, and Shaleena
On Saturday, students ventured south to visit the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. Some of our most adventurous students woke up at the crack of dawn and headed out early for surfing. For some, surfing was a favorite past time, while others caught waves for the very first time! After the surfing lesson, students took in the sights and sounds of the boardwalk, purchased giant ice cream cones, rode rides in the amusement park, and took in the sun or played soccer on the beach. Everyone had a great time and returned to campus with sand between their toes!