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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!

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.

Summerfuel Creates Superheros

Every great Superhero comes with a great backstory. Here at Summerfuel, all of our students experience the origin story of their inner hero. Students at Summerfuel Tufts face many things that help them prepare for the future when they leave the University and embark on their college journey. They are given many tests to prove their strength as a Summerfuel Superhero throughout their time here. They learn many new skills as they face obstacles,  conquer villains, and form bonds with other hero’s that will last a lifetime

Test One: Move In Day

On the first day, our students are thrown into a new world. They meet people from all over the world and  experience many culture shocks from either being in a new country, or speaking to others that have traveled great lengths to get here. Communication and social skills are tested as they interact with not only other students, but their families, RA’s, and Senior Staff Members. They are encouraged to talk about themselves and participate during orientation activities that help them get to know each other. During this time, they are able to share stories, experiences, and past times.

Test Two: Time Management

As students are faced with schedules that may change day to day, they are tested on their time management skills. When is homework time? When do I hangout with friends? Should I wake up early before class to eat breakfast? Should I go to evening activities if I have a test tomorrow morning? These are all common questions that our heroes-in-training ask themselves. When faced with a lot of different responsibilities and tasks, it can be hard to figure out when is the right time to engage in different activities. These skills are self taught and are strengthened as the students get used to their schedules and what works best for them. Every hero is different and what works for one student, might not work for another.

Test Three: Exams

This is the part of the story where each hero has to overcome their first villain: exams. Exams can be tough for most students and are prepared for in many different ways. Some students like to study in groups by exchanging information in the common spaces, while others prefer to work alone in their room with a laptop and a set of flashcards. The most important part when facing your villain is to figure out the plan that works best for you and to take charge of it to the conquer the beast.

Test Four: Activities

Our afternoon and evening activities are great places for each hero to show and practice their powers. Some superpowers that we see being shown during these are artistic, singing, dancing, and even trivia skills. Creativity is important and we try to give every hero the opportunity to showcase and practice their power!! Successful Summerfuel Heroes are able to learn from others and use ideas to improve their own powers.

Test Five: Goodbyes 🙁

Goodbyes are our least favorite part here at Summerfuel, but it is an important part of the hero making process. Reflecting on the good times we’ve had over the summer helps all the students appreciate their time with each other and realize how much they have grown. At this point, our students have all become heroes and are recognized for their achievements at our closing banquets. They are asked to give speeches where they speak on their time at the program and about the things they learned and the people they have met along the way.

Saying goodbye can be hard, but it takes a lot of strength and courage to say “I’ll see you later” instead. All of our heroes are continuing their journeys of saving the world and being strong members of society. We are sure that some of their paths will collide and that they will work together to continue the Summerfuel Superhero Legacy!

Final Dinner Banquet & Dance Party

Yesterday was our last full day here at Tufts University. Students enjoyed their final classes and workshops, and had closing meetings with their RAs. Then we got ready in our finest outfits for the closing night Dinner Banquet and Dance Party. Whether students have been here for two weeks or the full four, time has flown by here at Tufts, and we have made some great new memories and friends from around the world. Wishing everyone a great rest of their summer and a successful school year to come!

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

 

 

Students have been busy in their classes and workshops, from Developmental Psychology and Entrepreneurship to Sports & Fitness and Community Service. We ventured to historic Newbury Street in the Back Bay Area of Boston on Tuesday night, to explore the charming boutiques, restaurants, beautiful architecture, and more. Wednesday night was a perfect evening for community dinner in Davis Square with RAs and another outdoor movie.