Wellesley Pre-College Exploratory Workshop
Why did you choose to participate in a summer program?
Wellesley College has been on my radar since the beginning of high school, and Wellesley’s Pre-College Summer Program was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a college setting for a week. I got a feel for the campus, took a class, learned more about the school, explored Boston, and had fun with new friends.
How did you decide which program was right for you?
While all the options were interesting, I chose the Exploratory Workshop because it included a Leadership Course. This taught major life skills such as email writing, business etiquette, how to ace an interview, and so much more. Learning about business situations from a seasoned professional was very helpful and many of the skills we gained that week have already come in handy!
What was a typical day in your summer program?
We woke up and got ready for the day, then met friends for breakfast before class. Afterwards we headed back to our rooms to get our backpacks before walking to class together as we enjoyed the beautiful campus. We met in a Wellesley classroom for lectures, group discussions, collaborative activities, and mock training sessions for a few hours before breaking for lunch. Afternoon classes built on the morning’s lessons and then we had our daily free time. The RAs planned activities for us such as a scavenger hunt, a tour of campus and the town of Wellesley, an escape room challenge, and cookie decorating. I also enjoyed discovering unique spots on campus, or going to a friend’s room to hang out.
What was the most memorable moment of your summer?
The most memorable moment of my summer was going on a Duck Boat Tour in Boston on the last day of the program. Boston is such an amazing city filled with so much history. My friends and I had so much fun exploring Boston and seeing all the things I had only learned about in classes.
What advice do you have for teens looking at summer programs?
Pick a class that interests you, but is not in your comfort zone. This is the ideal opportunity to try something new and challenge yourself, and chances are that it will end up being the highlight of your summer vacation! Also, be friendly and try to connect with other students to get the most out of the experience. You might even stay in touch with your new friends like I did!