Save the Last Dance

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.

Final Awards Dinner

The students celebrated the achievement of completing their projects and presentations. The teachers attended and gave awards that were unique to each group depending on the judge’s deliberation. It was a wonderful night of heartfelt speeches and goodbyes.IMG_4557 IMG_4556 IMG_4566 IMG_4578

Dancing the Night Away in Oxford

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!

Weekend Recap

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.






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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.


Monopoly Night!

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!



Arlington National Cemetery

The students explored the national cemetery after visiting D.C.’s most iconic memorials earlier in the day. We concluded with a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard.IMG_20170716_202336_4589504_15002592986799505_1500259301407

Baltimore Harbor!

The students explored Baltimore Harbor where they went to the top the observation tower to see the sights, visited the aquarium, walked the waterfront, and shopped for summer clothes.

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