Weekend Update

CAP Berkeley Summerfuelers had a jam-packed weekend with excursions to San Francisco, essay writing workshops, and college counseling sessions. On Saturday, students shopped in Union Square and explored Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the most famous waterfront communities and a tourist hotspot.

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Students returned to the city once again on Sunday for an adventure in Chinatown.  Fun fact: San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest in North America. Go and Steve even enjoyed dim sum in the oldest dim sum restaurant in the U.S., Hang Ah Tea Room. Other students went to a restaurant that had floating sushi boats or checked out a fortune cookie factory where you could write your own fortunes.

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Carol, Sophia, Alex, and Matteo pose outside Dragon Gate, the landmark gateway arch marking the entrance to Chinatown. This gate is the only authentic Chinatown Gate in North America.

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These two photos were taken by Giulia, she has a great eye for capturing the beauty around her.

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Summerfuelers walked away with lots of souvenirs from our weekend excursions and fun memories. Everyone turned in pretty early Sunday night in preparation for the second diagnostic SAT bright and early Monday morning. Students will take one final version of the test on Friday and will be able to see their scores from all three tests in order to look for improvement and where to focus any future studying.

What we’re looking forward to:
-Visiting the University of San Francisco on Wednesday and Stanford on Thursday.
-The final celebration on Friday night — a group of students are on the planning committee and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Last Weekend of Excursions

This weekend marked our last couple of excursions that we had planned for the program.  On Friday afternoon, we had one of our own students share her knowledge and skills in karate.  Rowan showed the group some basic selfdefense moves and they had a great time learning from one of their peers!  Later on Friday night, the group made a trip to Redwood City to see Spiderman in the movie theaters.  Some of our die-hard Spiderman fans thought “the movie didn’t live up to the first movies” but in the end they all had a fun night!

On Saturday, we went to Santa Cruz beach.  At first, the students were weary of a day at the beach due to the weather – it was a little cold and cloudy when we arrived, but it quickly warmed up and turned into a beautiful day.  Some ate at local restaurants, some went shopping, others tried out the amusement rides andeveryone enjoyed the beach!

Sunday was our Union Square and Giants baseball game day.  A few students who preferred to go back to Union Square (to get some shopping in!) spent the afternoon in the city and the rest of the group went to see the San Francisco Giants play the Houston Astros.  For many, this was their first time at a baseball game and it was a beautiful day!  We sat with the ASA Berkeley group, so some of  our students even got to catch up with their friends in the other program.  Although it was a little cold and windy, on our way home, we made a quick stop at the Golden Gate Bridge (what trip to San Francisco would be complete without seeing the bridge!?).

We have a lot on the calendar for this week and we know the last few days are going to fly by!