As the International Relations (IR) program here at Summerfuel Tufts brings itself to a close, our staff has collected feedback on the program from students. Like College Admissions Edge and Pre-College, IR, one of six programs currently run through Summerfuel at Tufts, has provided an amazing learning opportunity for our students. We recently interviewed some of them about their experiences. Below, we share highlights from these conversations:
Interviewer: Why did you choose to participate in this program?
Student 1: I was interested in International Relations and I liked how it offers Tufts credits because Tufts is one of the schools I am applying to.
Student 2: This program interested me incredibly, given my aptitude and love for language along with my hopes to study IR in college. Because of my interest in history along with IR, I truly feel like I can make this world a better place.
Student 3: I thought it was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and get a taste for a field I consider studying in the future!
Interviewer: What has been your favorite learning experience thus far?
Student 1: My favorite topic has been the EU Economic Integration and the idea of failing states. I hope to explore this more in depth during my time in college.
Student 2: My favorite lecture was about how to interpret history accurately in the field of international relations.
Student 3: My favorite lecture has been The Basics of Cyber Security and Economics of Political Integration.
Interviewer: Knowing that you had a pretty rigorous academic schedule, how effective were the teaching assistants (TAs) hired to assist you?
Student 1: The TA’s were extremely effective. Our TA understands that we have a lot of work and this is all very new to us, which is very helpful. For me, it was all about finding a healthy space to finish my work. Honestly, the library is super fun to study in. The environment and mutual respect amongst all occupants made the library a positive space for studying and learning.
Student 2: It is more than anything a chance to review what we learned personally, make questions fast, and research effectively among friends and experts.
Student 3: I like how my TA is genuinely interested in our research papers. He was really knowledgeable and understood what it’s like to be a student.
Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your week outside of the classroom?
Student 1: Playing basketball and taking pictures during my free time and wandering on campus.
Student 2: The friends! The dinners out of campus and the people you can go out with!
Student 3: Although there is not much free time on certain days, I always try to finish my homework before we go out, and get some laundry done before dinner. Afterwards, I enjoyed hanging out with friends, eating and walking with my peers, and forming study groups at the library.
What about you?
Students participating in this and other Summerfuel at Tufts programs grow as diligent students, responsible residents, and effective socialites in the college setting. What are your thoughts on this opportunity? Could you see yourself in their shoes?