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    Student Testimonial: Quinnipiac University Summer Programs

    Posted November 23, 2022, 10:21 am by TeenLife

    Eileen Sheridan, 2023 - Quinnipiac University Summer Programs

    Why did you choose to participate in this program?

    After attending the Quinnipiac University Open House last Spring, I knew I could see myself going to school there. Quinnipiac moved up on my list to my first choice for college. I figured it would be an amazing opportunity to experience a little taste of what college would be like and would help me confirm what I want to do in the future. The program helped me to confirm that I want to be an Occupational Therapist.

    How did you decide which program was right for you?

    I knew I wanted to choose an occupation in Allied Health Sciences. Allied Health professions encompass a large group of professions. When I received an email about the summer programs being offered, I decided that the Health Exploration Program would be perfect for me because it would give an insight to many healthcare professions, which is exactly what I needed to help me determine what I wanted to do in my future.

    What was a typical day in your program?

    I woke up around 7am to get ready and then head over to the student center for breakfast around 8. After breakfast, we went to the designated classroom. Classrooms changed each day depending on the occupation we learned about. Each class was set up as a hands-on workshop about that specific profession we were learning about that day. Each session had a professional from the field who spoke about what a day in the life of that profession was like. We then had a hands-on activity. The sessions went from 9am-12pm, with a lunch break from 12-1pm.

    Classes resumed from 1-3pm. At 3:00pm we had the opportunity to hang out with other students until dinner at 5:00pm. After dinner we had an evening activity provided by our amazing counselors and would head back to the dorms at 8pm and be in bed by 10pm. The program also gave us the opportunity to explore different activities in the area. We went hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park, spent a day at the aquarium and zoo. These outings gave us an opportunity to get to know the staff and the other students in the program.

    What was the most memorable moment of your program?

    That is a hard question for me to answer! I have many reasons why the program was memorable and unforgettable. First, where else would I have the opportunity to hold a human brain! The program gave me great insight on each profession and that helped me decide that I want to be an Occupational Therapist. Secondly, I met amazing people! The staff were knowledgeable and so friendly. I also made great friends that I still talk to everyday! Thirdly, it allowed me to see what college life was going to be like. This experience helped me realize that I am ready to go away and experience the world.

    What advice do you have for teens looking at programs?

    Do not be scared or nervous! Try them out! I was nervous about leaving my family and giving up two weeks of my summer break, but it truly was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The memories I created during the program will stay with me forever. I created special bonds with other students in the program and I got insight about college life. I suggest that if you are apprehensive about going away to school and not sure what you want to study, find a summer program that interests you and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

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