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Category: Summer Testimonials

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Launch Generation: Savina Charlier

Savina Charlier spent part of her summer in a financial literacy and entrepreneurship program at Launch Generation. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnightCamp? I wanted to gain knowledge and experience in the business field, meet new personalities and create lasting memories. Launch Generation was the perfect program for me because it checked all of these boxes and more! I had such a life-changing and formational 11 days with new friends, mentors, advisors, and teachers, and I left with not only the knowledge I had hoped to gain but also the confidence that ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
George Washington University: Madison Gore

Madison Gore spent part of her summer in George Washington University’s Pre-College Program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Choosing what to do for the summer before entering my senior year was a difficult decision. I wanted to go away from home, so that way by the time I would enter college, I would be used to being away, and would gain a sense of independence. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I was looking for a program that had strong academics, but also would allow me to have fun. ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Boston Leadership Institute: Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann spent part of his summer taking a course through Boston Leadership Institute. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM summer program? I have always been fascinated by genetics and the tools scientists use to modify genes. The introductory genetics lessons in the Biological Research course at Boston Leadership Institute gave me a good background which made me feel more confident as we moved further along into the more difficult and advanced topics How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I have eclectic interests which bridge many branches of STEM, but I knew ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wasatch Academy Summer Program: Aijalon Oliver

Alex Zappavigna spent part of his summer at Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I have been going to summer camps since I was young. My parents often encouraged me to do them to both get out of my comfort zone and get out of the house. As a relatively antisocial kid, hanging out with the few friends I had at home was not an option. As I grew older, it became less of a “get out of the house” thing and more of a gaining more life ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
School of The New York Times: Ashley R.

Ashley R. spent part of her summer at The School of The New York Times. Why did you come to The School of The New York Times? I came to The School of the New York Times to advance my knowledge of journalism and explore the continuously evolving city of New York. The dedicated staff emphasized journalism’s prevalence in society, and the passionate students contained my same drive for producing articles, photographs and videos that tell commonly untold stories. When these elements came together, us students thrived. What is your key takeaway from Summer Academy? On orientation day, one of ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Summer Springboard: Adilene Marie Klink

Adilene Marie Klink spent part of her summer in a Summer Springboard program at UC Berkeley. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I’ve always wanted to participate in a summer program ever since I was young, but none of them seemed right for me. I felt like it was pointless for my mother to send me away for weeks to programs with no educational value whatsoever. So when I discovered Summer Springboard, I knew this was the summer program for me. It would allow me to delve deeper into a career I have always been interested ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program: Samantha

Samantha Cherveny spent part of her summer studying gender and memoir at Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was more than a little nervous entering Wellesley’s campus this past June, considering I had never been away from home for more than three consecutive days, much less an entire month, much less by myself. Yet, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone, meet new people with ideas that differed from those typical of my small hometown in Ohio, and experience life on my own in a place ...

Posted Dec. 5, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
UMass Amherst: Kraylee Ledger

Kraylee Ledger spent part of her summer at the UMass Amherst - Sport Management and Leadership Academy. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to participate in an overnight summer program because of all of the opportunities it provides me. Attending a program like this sets you apart from other kids who are just sitting at home during their summer break. Programs like this allow me to have a hands-on learning experience in and out of the classroom. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I studied with the Sports ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Camp Lakewood: Skylar Coleman

Skylar Coleman spent a summer as a counselor-in-training at YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi, Missouri. How did you become a CIT at YMCA Camp Lakewood? I was first welcomed into the YMCA family the summer of 2018 when I was accepted into the CIT program at Camp Lakewood. This was a genuinely amazing and fun experience that I will never be able to forget. I met so many unique and true-to-themselves people that I spent an amazing summer with. Because of this I applied and was again accepted as a CIT, only this time for Winter Camp - I decided ...

Posted Dec. 2, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Center for Talent Development at Northwestern: Brantley Gilliard

Brantley Gilliard spent part of his summer at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? My mother wanted to find ways for me to pursue my interest in computer science, outside of school, but there were not many suitable options for me to do so around our area. When she found Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) summer program, I was reluctant to go because I had never experienced a stay-away summer program. I was 9 years old and not yet ready to leave the house. How did you ...

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