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Decisions About the Future – Luis C. Reflects

Every day, students are faced with monumental decisions about their future. Do they want to go away to college or commute from home? Do they want to attend a large university in a big city or a small liberal arts school? What major should they declare, and what career path should they take? These questions can be overwhelming, but an experience such as Summerfuel can help clarify some of this.

Take a look at how Summerfuel’s Pre-College Campus Experience at Tufts University helped Luis C. figure out some of these important details:

“My name is Luis Cruz, and I took part in Summerfuel’s 2018 Pre-College Campus Experience at Tufts University. Undoubtedly, my favorite moments from my time with Summerfuel were absolutely extraordinary.

The courses I took allowed me to gain experience in the science field, which relates to the engineering major that I hope to pursue in college. I spent time outside of class with my floormates and RA, and keep in touch with the friends I made.

I am currently working towards getting my high school diploma and preparing to graduate. Soon, I will start a new chapter in my life by heading to college. Summerfuel helped me realize that I want to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, which is something I’m passionate about. Finally, Summerfuel at Tufts University has helped me decide that I want to attend a residential college campus, rather than an off-campus or commuter school.”

-Luis C., Senior High School Student of Boston Green Academy

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!

A Summer Like No Other – Rhea Reflects

Rhea R. traveled last year to attend Summerfuel’s Pre-College Campus Experience program at Tufts University in Boston. Each year, Summerfuel students are impacted by their experiences at different universities across the U.S and around the globe. From making new lifelong friendships, to gaining invaluable insight into college life, there are so many things to take away from time with Summerfuel.

Here is what Rhea had to say about her experience:

“I attended Summerfuel’s second session Pre-College program at Tufts University and it was the most amazing two weeks of my life! I learned so much and made amazing friends that I’m still in contact with almost every day.

The teachers were great and really cared about students, the trips to Boston were a blast, and the RAs/staff were very helpful, whether they helped me learn more about what college was like by sharing their own experiences, or simply with anything I needed help with.

The Summerfuel PC program is a great program if you’re looking to get a glimpse of college like I was.  You get to live in a dorm, meet new people, and experience new things. I have attended similar programs in the past, but none of them compare to Summerfuel’s. They really care about each and every student, and want you to have the best experience possible….I look forward to attending next year!”

-Rhea R., US Virgin Islands

 

What Summerfuel has Meant to Me: A TCE Student Reflects

Claudio Colonna, 17, had not expected the amount of fun and drive he would receive from attending Summerfuel at Tufts’ Tufts College Experience (TCE). With this only being his second time in the United States (and his first time flying alone), Claudio had worried about whether he would bond with students or staff, but was pleasantly surprised when he got to do both. For Claudio, and most students who attend Summerfuel TCE, the fear of making no or very few friends could prove a source of angst. However, the reality quickly sets in that this is not the case and students ease up shortly upon arrival to the campus when they participate in orientation activities with their Resident Assistants (RA’s).

Though it was a learning curve at first, Claudio quickly recognized the benefit and took full advantage of relating to his RA. RA’s are present and easily reachable to give students guidance, leadership opportunities, mentoring, positive study habits, friendship, and so much more. They also serve as authority figures, balancing between the roles of older “sibling” and enforcer.

Academically, Claudio achieved most of his goals, but, following this challenging and enriching experience, came to accept that not all aspects of one’s academic career will turn out as one imagines. He also realized that, no matter how well high school prepares a student for college/university, it is not until one steps onto a college campus and takes coursework that one senses what university is actually like. From the bonding between residents and staff to the academic guidance the RA’s relay from their own university experiences, the students of Summerfuel, like Claudio, receive support in all manners of university life.

Claudio now recognizes the challenges he’ll face upon studying at his future alma mater and feels more prepared. As Claudio said, “To try everything at least once and get yourself into new experiences is what Summerfuel is about.” His goals are to attend a university in Turin, Italy and one day return to the United States to further his education. He aims to better his Italian homeland in a variety of manners most applicable to the education he will receive.

As Summerfuel at Tufts wraps up, Claudio and other TCE students progress through their final exams and presentations, culminating in their closing banquet and dance here at Jumbo’s home. It has been a summer fueled with fun, excitement, memories, and stories for years to come. Thank you to all Summerfuel at Tufts students for this Summerfuel session!

Trampolines Bring Us Together

As the Tufts College Experience (TCE) program moves towards its final days, it has been amazing to watch the social interaction between the students. This weekend, we went to Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park. In many ways it was a fitting culmination of the entire program. Many of the girls were taking snapchats together, covered in glow in the dark paint while the boys engaged in fierce competition, determined to claim bragging rights at any cost. One thing has become incredibly clear to me. These students, who come from all over the globe, have formed very intimate groups. These intimate groups mingle to form a larger crowd, one that is inclusive of everyone. It was strange; I saw no students struggling to find friends or fit in. It was all natural. During our final game of dodgeball, the trampoline court was full of laughter from staff and students alike. Everybody, from our director to the students, were participating in the fun. The scene was so pure and so amazing to watch. It is crazy what six weeks can do and how they bring us together. 

Sincerely,

An RA

 

What Summerfuel IR Students Have to Say: Q + A

As the International Relations (IR) program here at Summerfuel Tufts brings itself to a close, our staff has collected feedback on the program from students. Like College Admissions Edge and Pre-College, IR, one of six programs currently run through Summerfuel at Tufts, has provided an amazing learning opportunity for our students. We recently interviewed some of them about their experiences. Below, we share highlights from these conversations:

 

Interviewer: Why did you choose to participate in this program?

Student 1: I was interested in International Relations and I liked how it offers Tufts credits because Tufts is one of the schools I am applying to.

Student 2: This program interested me incredibly, given my aptitude and love for language along with my hopes to study IR in college. Because of my interest in history along with IR, I truly feel like I can make this world a better place.

Student 3: I thought it was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and get a taste for a field I consider studying in the future!

 

Interviewer: What has been your favorite learning experience thus far?

Student 1: My favorite topic has been the EU Economic Integration and the idea of failing states. I hope to explore this more in depth during my time in college.

Student 2: My favorite lecture was about how to interpret history accurately in the field of international relations.

Student 3: My favorite lecture has been The Basics of Cyber Security and Economics of Political Integration.

 

Interviewer: Knowing that you had a pretty rigorous academic schedule, how effective were the teaching assistants (TAs) hired to assist you?

Student 1: The TA’s were extremely effective. Our TA understands that we have a lot of work and this is all very new to us, which is very helpful. For me, it was all about finding a healthy space to finish my work. Honestly, the library is super fun to study in. The environment and mutual respect amongst all occupants made the library a positive space for studying and learning.

Student 2: It is more than anything a chance to review what we learned personally, make questions fast, and research effectively among friends and experts.

Student 3: I like how my TA is genuinely interested in our research papers. He was really knowledgeable and understood what it’s like to be a student.

 

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your week outside of the classroom?

Student 1: Playing basketball and taking pictures during my free time and wandering on campus.

Student 2: The friends! The dinners out of campus and the people you can go out with!

Student 3: Although there is not much free time on certain days, I always try to finish my homework before we go out, and get some laundry done before dinner. Afterwards, I enjoyed hanging out with friends, eating and walking with my peers, and forming study groups at the library.

 

What about you?

Students participating in this and other Summerfuel at Tufts programs grow as diligent students, responsible residents, and effective socialites in the college setting. What are your thoughts on this opportunity? Could you see yourself in their shoes?

Laughing in our Rollerblades

Most people say roller skating is like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to skate, you just pick up right where you left off. This is a true statement for about half of the students that skated at Chez Vous.

At first we were all intimidated by the shoes with wheels and looked more like newborn giraffes learning how to walk instead of confident people. After a few laps on the rink, the roller skating days from our youth started to shine again, for others, not so much (including myself).

Despite the continuous wobbles and falls, we kept trying until closing time. This is a perfect representation of Summerfuel students; fall once, get back up and learn from your mistakes, all while having fun.

Breakfast Club at Summerfuel

As the most important meal of the day, breakfast time is always a good time! Over the weekend, we attended Summerfuel Tuft’s evening breakfast complete with a cereal bar, waffle station, bacon, eggs, bagels, yogurt, and yummy fun! This breakfast club hosted an exciting karaoke station too where students sang and jammed to the catchy tunes of Hamilton, the Bee Gees, F.U.N., and so much more! It was a great way to wind down from the busy week and enjoy each other’s company outside of the classroom.