Meet the RA Team

As Oxford students are getting ready to go, the Summerfuel RAs are working hard to get everything organized, planned, and set up for the big arrival. Some of them have even been practicing their punting skills for many afternoon activities on the River Cherwell! Since they know which students they’ll get in their group, it’s only fair we give you some info about them:

  • Cameron is from Cleveland, Ohio where he studies Arts Management, Music, and Spanish. An avid musician, writer, and adventurer, Cameron loves a good joke and a hearty laugh. Cameron is very familiar with the UK, having spent six months studying in York and travelling to various places in Europe. Cameron has years of experience in residence life, student affairs, and group facilitation. He is passionate about connecting others with new places, people, and ideas. Cameron believes that travelling is one of the best ways to engage with the world, with others, and with oneself, and he is very excited to encourage and support Summerfuel Oxford 2017 students as they embark on their journey with this program.
  • Laura was born and raised in Surrey, just outside of London. She has just completed her bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of Birmingham. As part of her degree she spent a year studying at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Laura is returning to Summerfuel Oxford for her second year, and she loves to travel and explore new places, as well as learn about new cultures.
  • Katie comes from Limerick, in Ireland. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Law and French, during which time she studied at the University of Strasbourg, France for a year. She has just finished her masters in Intellectual Property Law at Trinity College Dublin. She loves reading and learning and this is her second year as an RA at Oxford.
  • Kevin grew up in Connecticut. He attended Colgate University where he majored in French literature. He taught fifth grade for two years and will be teaching French at a boarding school beginning in August. Kevin is yet another Oxford returner, and he enjoys traveling, reading and all things New York Mets.
  •  Tori is a recent college grad with a degree in Social Science History Teaching and a minor in History. Tori currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her goldendoodle Bear and works at Augustana University. In her free time, Tori likes exploring the trails with her dog and reading. Tori previously lived in Dublin, Ireland, and is excited to spend the summer in Oxford!
  • Carly is an English teacher from the Minneapolis area in Minnesota. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Carly did her student teaching in England and is excited to share her love of this country with more students!
  •  Alice studied Western Classical music in Ireland and Belgium graduating in 2012. Since then she has spent two years teaching at an alternative kindergarten/conservatory in Paris, France and three years travelling: first in Europe and then in Asia. She is a certified yoga teacher and loves to be creative, keeps a journal, paints watercolours, adores dogs and is interested in sustainable living/natural medicine.

     

Packing, Packing, Packing!

As students are finalizing their packing for the summer, there are a few things we thought it might be helpful for students to know.

  • Clothing for all Weather: Dressing in the UK in the summer can be a challenge because it is sometimes hot, sometimes cold, and sometimes rainy. Make sure to bring some clothes for colder weather. While there was a heat wave last week, this week it has been in the mid 50s F/12 C in the evenings so packing something with long sleeves is a good idea. There are also lots of shops that sell Oxford sweatshirts year round that many students may want to check out.
  • Student ID Cards: While not necessary, if students have been given a student ID from their school, it is worth bringing to Oxford. As a university town there are many places that have small discounts for students (10% off lunch, etc).
  • Laundry: There are card-operated washers and dryers on campus that students can use. Each load costs £4 total which includes a wash, up to two rounds in the dryer, and a pod of laundry detergent.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to LMH!IMG_4297

– The Oxford Team

Countdown to CAP Columbia!

Dear Summerfuel CAP Columbia Families:

This Sunday your student will be traveling to meet our staff on the campus of Columbia University. We’re very excited to get the program off to a great start!

Before your student leaves, I want to make certain that you have critical program details like our program address, on-call cellular number, and packing list. The program will be a busy, demanding, exciting two weeks – improving SAT performance, crafting better essays, and learning about the college selection and admissions process. We hope that your students are all eagerly anticipating their experience in Manhattan!

I’ve emailed out a packing list and program calendar, but if you haven’t received a message from me, feel free to get in touch by emailing me at the address listed below.

For day of travel, please make certain that both you and your student have the program cellular number handy – 917.805.6309. The program email address is capcolumbia@summerfuel.com, and our program fax number is 917.591.5340

Here are a few things to note when packing:

  • All bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) and bath towels are provided.
  • Wi-Fi is available for guests on campus within McBain Hall.  Staff will advise regarding set up.
  • Should your student forget a toiletry item, notebook or other small personal item, it’s easy to make that purchase in the area; staff will be happy to assist with this.
  • Any paperwork not yet submitted (medical form, rules, parent questionnaire, housing) should be printed and brought with your student to the program.

TRAVEL

Flying –

All students traveling to the program via place should fly into JFK International Airport, where they will be met in the baggage claim area of their terminal by a Summerfuel staff member or professional driver.  International travelers will be met in the ARRIVALS area after they have collected their luggage and clear customs/immigration.

Any student traveling to an airport other than JFK can have transportation arranged by Summerfuel, but there will be an additional cost.

Driving –

We’ll be living on Columbia’s campus in McBain Hall this year, which is slightly removed from the library/campus quad that is often featured in films. You’ll find a link to a PDF map of campus below – McBain is on 113th Street and Broadway, and the address is listed below.

562 West 113th Street

New York, NY 10027

http://www.columbia.edu/files/columbia/content/morningsidemap8x11-2012april.pdf

If you are driving, please plan to get to campus between 2 pm and 5 pm on Sunday.

MAIL/PACKAGES

Please send all mail for your student to the address below:

ASA Summerfuel

For: (Student Name) – CAP Columbia

375 West Broadway, Ste 200

New York, NY 10012

We’re looking forward to an exciting and rewarding program and can’t wait for everyone to arrive.  Please feel free to be in touch with any questions, and we’ll see your students on Sunday!

Hello students and families!

My name is Whitney Purcell, and I’m the director for Summerfuel CAP Columbia this year. I started working with Summerfuel Oxford in 2006, then moved to Summerfuel UMass-Amherst from 2007 forward, and I am very excited to make this summer at Columbia University a memorable experience for all of our students!

We are fortunate to have a strong staff of faculty, college counselors, and resident advisors to create an excellent all-around experience for students as you prepare for the college admissions process, study hard and challenge yourselves academically, tour multiple university campuses, and make friends and memories you’ll never forget. We’ll feature some profiles of our staff in upcoming blog posts, so be sure to stay tuned!

As we prepare for your arrival to campus, we want to make sure that we have all of your travel information to make your first day smooth and welcoming. I’ll be sending out emails to everyone in order to confirm travel plans, but in the meantime, please make sure to log onto the MySummerfuel database and upload any documents that may still be missing. You can also review the Packing List, Travel Information, and CAP Columbia Handbook that are provided for you to make sure you’re ready to roll!

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns before the program begins, please feel free to send me an email at capcolumbia@summerfuel.com.

I can’t wait to meet everyone in a couple of weeks to kick off our program – and remember, it’s never too early to start packing, haha… Let the countdown begin!

Whitney Purcell

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Summerfuel Barcelona starts soon!

Less than 40 days until Summerfuel Barcelona officially begins! Until then, there are a couple of deadlines, events and updates that you should be aware of:

–  JUNE 1st (Saturday): All final paperwork, travel details and payment due to the NYC office. Please upload documents directly to my.summerfuel.com or email them to info@summerfuel.com.

– JUNE 13th (Thursday) at 4PM EDT: Pre-program conference call for all families participating in Summerfuel Barcelona. Common pre-program details, questions and concerns will be addressed, but if you would like to discuss something specific, please send an email to bkaberon@summerfuel.com with the subject line “Barcelona Conference Call.”

– JUNE 24th (Monday): Staff arrive in Barcelona to start final preparations for your arrival

– JULY 2nd (Tuesday): ARRIVAL DAY!

We’re looking forward to an amazing summer. We hope you are too!

 

Ben Kaberon

Program Coordinator

bkaberon@summerfuel.com

1.212.796.8350

 

Countdown to Summerfuel Boston 2013

Only 37 days until Summerfuel Boston at Harvard officially begins! Until then, there are a couple of deadlines, events and updates that you should be aware of:

– JUNE 1st (Saturday): All final paperwork, travel details and payment due to the NYC office. Please upload documents directly to my.summerfuel.com or email them to info@summerfuel.com.

– JUNE 5th (Wednesday) at 4PM EDT: Pre-program conference call for all families participating in Summerfuel at Harvard. Common pre-program details, questions and concerns will be addressed, but if you would like to discuss something specific, please send an email to mbates@summerfuel.com with the subject line: Harvard Conference Call.

– JUNE 23rd (Sunday): Staff arrives at Harvard to start final preparations for your arrival.

– JUNE 30th (Sunday): ARRIVAL DAY!

The staff can’t wait to meet you all on June 30th! Finish the school year strong and we’ll see you this summer.

 

Marissa Bates

Program Coordinator

mbates@summerfuel.com

1.212.796.8344

Countdown to Stanford 2013

Only 37 days until Summerfuel at Stanford officially begins! Until then, there are a couple of deadlines, events and updates that you should be aware of:

– JUNE 1st (Saturday): All final paperwork, travel details and payment due to the NYC office. Please upload documents directly to my.summerfuel.com or email them to info@summerfuel.com.

– JUNE 6th (Thursday) at 4PM EDT: Pre-program conference call for all families participating in Summerfuel at Yale. Common pre-program details, questions and concerns will be addressed, but if you would like to discuss something specific, please send an email to mbates@summerfuel.com with the subject line: Stanford Conference Call.

– JUNE 23rd (Sunday): Staff arrives at Stanford to start final preparations for your arrival.

– JUNE 30th (Sunday): ARRIVAL DAY!

The staff can’t wait to meet you all on June 30th! Finish the school year strong and we’ll see you this summer.

 

Marissa Bates

Program Coordinator

mbates@summerfuel.com

1.212.796.8344

Summer’s on the horizon!

It’s the middle of April, and our programs are almost full! We are busy talking to families about flights, getting students ready to go on their programs, and getting our staffs ready to run our best set of programs ever. Stay tuned for more information!

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