A Message from our Director George Kinzel

The Summerfuel Tufts 2019 Arcade opened up for business on June 30th.   The halls of Carmichael and Wren were quickly covered with gaming decorations and we welcomed over 155 students from around the world for a very unique summer experience in New England. 

We were honored to have guest appearances made by Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, Pac Man and the ghosts as we made new friends, connected with faculty and researchers, opened up our minds to acquire new knowledge and perspectives, got involved with campus activities, and were treated to a taste of what college life could be like. 

As the weeks progressed, we welcomed more and more students to our Summerfuel family at Tufts and by Week 4, we had over 400 Summerfuelers roaming the campus, Boston and Davis Square. 

The residential quad was our home to creatively chalk the sidewalk, compete in the Greek Cup, view an outdoor movie, challenge friends in a kickball game, take a walk on the slack line, or just enjoy a casual nap in the afternoon. 

We will always remember the many Jumbo moments that Tufts has provided us which will continue to inspire us to be better community leaders and responsible citizens in our ever-changing world.  Although the seasons change and the summer must come to a close now, the connections that we’ve created and the skills that we’ve gained will be of huge value to us all moving forward. 

Keep those ‘gold coin’ treasures in your pocket and level up for your next life adventure! 

Best wishes and safe travels!  Okay?  Got it?  Good.

– GK 

*Left to Right: Head of House Ryan Maher, Student Hieu & Director George Kinzel

Goodbyes or See-you-laters?

Our “Summer Arcade” season is slowly coming to an end and this has meant seeing both students and staff members go back to wherever home is for them.  This past weekend our International Relations and Programming and App Design students departed, as well as many of our staff. As the days have gone by, we reflect on all the memories shared and friendships created here at Summerfuel!

Yesterday we had our last staff meeting. We shared about our past six weeks / two months (depending on the staff member), played some “Minute-to-Win-It!” games and tested our knowledge about the staff team that was with us throughout this season.


*Resident Advisors Alex and Cameron won these Summerfuel caps during our last staff meeting

*Staff team our last week

Glow Night! – Just Glowing with the Flow


Not only do our students glow in the dark, but they glow at our excursions as well at Summerfuel Tufts! 

This past Friday, students in our Tufts College Experience and Tufts Summer Research Experience had the opportunity to go on one of our many excursions to SKY ZONE, an indoor trampoline park that you can make your heart JUMP JUMP JUMP to your heart’s content! Those that attended this excursion had the opportunity to jump freely, put their coordination to the test in a series of obstacles and challenges, attempt to climb a wall, challenge their peers in a gladiator jousting battle at the SKYJOUST, and give it their all in ULTIMATE DODGEBALL at the trampoline dodgeball court. 

A few RAs, students, the assistant director of activities – Glen, and the Director of Summerfuel Tufts – George Kinzel (GK) were all in attendance. A majority of those students that enjoyed their experience claimed, as the youth say these days, that it was “LIT!!!” 

…And indeed it was spectacular to see their shirts, as well as their smiles to really light up the room and make it LIT! 


A Closing Interview with a Summerfuel Resident Assistant


This weekend, Summerfuel at Tufts University said goodbye to many students and staff. Resident Assistant (RA) Nodir spoke to RA Alayna, who had a chance to reflect on her Summerfuel experience from start to finish.

RA Nodir: Hi there, hello, can you tell me a little about who you are and where you are from?

RA Alayna: Hi, yeah, so I’m Alayna, I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Or, IUPUI for short, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated in 2017 and I’ve been working a few jobs, I want to get into higher ed… Which led me to applying for Summerfuel, to get that experience in pre-college programs, and working with students, and transitioning to a job with higher education.

 N: So, Alayna, what prompted you to come to this program and to work for this program?

A: One of my goals is to work in higher education, with international students. And I would get to see Boston. I’d never been to Massachusetts before; it was kind of a change of pace, a change of scenery. So now I’m here.

N: So, what did you most enjoy about Summerfuel? What is your favorite memory?

A: I definitely enjoyed getting to know my residents and RA staff. Favorite memory? Oh gosh…

N: Take your time, don’t worry.

A: Just kind of laughing about random things, going back and forth with staff, talking to new students, hearing about their day and their program, what they’re learning. I don’t know, they’re just so amazing, and I know that they’re going to make big changes in the world.

N: Was there an excursion you really liked?

A: Out of the ones I went on, I really liked the Kennedy Institute. I went with my International Relations students. It was nice hearing what they got out of it, the decisions politicians make when they’re passing bills…

N: Is there anything that you feel your students taught you?

A: One thing that sticks out to me in particular, is how one of my students said she didn’t have a goal in mind for what she was becoming in international relations. She was going in to see how far she can go, just to experience, and I thought it was interesting. I know a lot of college advising is picking a specific major and profession is making steps to go there, instead of plotting up steps of what you want to do and figuring it out along the way.

N: We had staff of many different backgrounds. Is there anything you would say you learned from them, or maybe that you really enjoyed doing with them? What do you take away from here?

A: I don’t know, just being able to get to know people, where they’re going. I was really surprised, with all the international experience people had before coming here. One of my favorite conversations was just learning more about what people were studying, and their favorite memories while working with students. Or studying abroad, just learning more about what they did and love. 

N: Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I definitely would say, if I could have the same people and the same experience it is definitely something that I would do again.

Summerfuel Students Watch the Democratic Debates

Summerfuel Students are not just focused on fun, but also strive to be politically informed as some of the future leaders of our country. On Tuesday and Wednesday students gathered together to watch the Democratic debates. During the viewing party there was rousing discussion and commentary all fueled by some delicious puppy chow made by RA Felicia and our Activities Director Glen. We love seeing our students engaging with current events and the world around them!

Weekend fun!

This past weekend students were able to explore our Boston community through excursions to the Kennedy Institute, the Cambridgeside Galleria, and to Boston. In Addition, Summerfuel offered a variety of fun activities for students in the evening. Students who attended the Boston Trip On Saturday were able to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer– from the glamorous Newbury St Summerfuel Tufts students joined up with Summerfuel MIT students to have a joint Breakfast Club Open Mic event. Students showed off their amazing singing voices and thought- provoking poetry while enjoying a late breakfast of waffles and bacon.

Sunday evening, students gathered together to cook and bake for the Global Cuisine Potluck. From baked ziti to a ramen bar, students worked hard to bring many delicious dishes to the table. Afterwards, students attended a mock Model UN conference to deal with a World War III simulation. Students, as leaders of different countries, navigated economic collapse, civil war, resource depletion, and changing alliances to come up with resolutions to solve their countries’ problems. 


Jeopardy! at Summerfuel Tufts

Yesterday, the students at Summerfuel Tufts students participated in a game of Jeopardy!

All of the students had a chance to show off their trivia knowledge in categories like Geography, US History, Sports and Pop Culture, Summerfuel Trivia, Video Games, and Colleges/Universities. They were split into five teams: Potato Head, Watermelon, Puffin, Crab and Reindeer.

A Day of Sportsmanship

On Friday, July 26th, students took to the Residential Quad to prove their might against their friends in a game of kickball. The teams were divided in a manner that allowed people from different programs and halls to intermingle with one another. For some students, this was their first moment returning to the kickball field since their glory days in elementary school, while others had never heard of the game and were introduced to this classic American childhood game. Each team fought to be the champions, but only one team came out on top (congratulations to Team Justin).

Slowly, adventurous students splintered off into playing other games as well; the quad was filled with students competing in soccer, walking a slackline, and playing kickball. Gentle music filled the air, and everyone felt an ambience of relaxation and joy.