Last night marked the final evening activity of our pre-college summer program here at UC Berkeley. All of the students, Summerfuel staff, and faculty arrived at UC Berkeley’s International House, dressed to impress. Several of our students were honored by their professors for their academic excellence and given certificates of recognition. After a delicious dinner, the students honored their Resident Advisors with very touching tributes, then hit the dance floor! The Residence Life Director, John, took on a few challengers in a dance battle for the ages. The night ended with pictures, hugs, smiles, and some tears as goodbyes were being said.
As RA’s, we had the pleasure of watching all of these young men and women grow and make lifelong friends from all over the world. After four weeks, many of them adopted us as older siblings and we are beyond excited to see what the future holds and to also be able to continue in sharing their future successes.
Over the last few days, students in Oxford have been finishing up all kinds of things including souvenir shopping, essays, and last items on their Oxford bucket lists. Yesterday, many students took the chance to see several Harry Potter filming locations around Oxford, including the iconic staircase in Christchurch, which was used as the staircase outside of the Hogwarts Great Hall.
Last night we had a British-themed dance on campus, and students helped contribute to the playlist! The students enjoyed punch and laughs while dancing, checking out the Summerfuel photo booth and relaxing over conversation on the Talbot Patio.
Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and all students have been fully briefed as to their departure times and plans for leaving Oxford. While many of the students are starting to get sad to leave, there is still a lot of fun yet in store tonight! We still have a formal hall dinner tonight and our annual Summerfuel talent show! More pictures to come!
On Friday night, the students gathered underneath the disco ball wearing white and neon colored t-shirts for our annual Blacklight Dance Party. Our fellow RA, Gabe, played the latest hits all night long while everyone danced and laughed with friends. The students had so much fun that they did not want the evening to come to an end!
The party rolled over into Saturday afternoon. We traveled to some of the popular tourist locations in San Francisco, California. Our first stop was Twin Peaks where we stood 925 feet above the city, taking photos of the scenic view. Our next stops were Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, and Ghirardelli Square. Each area full of shops and fine dining restaurants for the students to enjoy. One of the most popular eateries for the evening was a California favorite, In-N-Out, a popular franchise known for their delicious burgers and french fries.
The first half of Sunday was spent under the sun at the prestigious Ivy League, Stanford University. While at Stanford, we took a tour of the beautiful campus and had a picnic in the Oval. The highlight of the day was our trip to the Stanford Bookstore where students bought Stanford apparel, souvenirs, iced coffee, and books. The remainder of the day was spent at the Palo Alto Mall where students shopped until they dropped.
Last night, students spent the night relaxing, eating ice cream sandwiches, and playing a competitive game of Monopoly. The staff were all excited that the students wanted to play the popular board game instead of watching scary movies like they had the week prior!