All Students Have Arrived!

Sunday was quite a hectic day here at Berkeley! Staff posted up on campus and in the airport as students arrived from all corners of the world! We are now all complete. After a group dinner, students met Sunday night to play introductory games, which ended with ice cream! After the first floor meeting with RAs Ike and Ellen, students got some much needed sleep! Enjoy some of these photos from the first night!


Traveling to Berkeley

Hello again! We CAN’T WAIT for you all to arrive tomorrow! We are putting together last minute touches! Below, we have some information on getting to UC Berkeley.


Arriving by air:

If you are arriving by air, staff members in bright blue shirts will greet you at the terminal.


Arriving by car:

For those of you driving to campus, the address of where we are staying is:

Berkeley Address :

2650 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720 (unit 1)

It is located one block south of the main campus.


A Staff member will be stationed at the Front Desk, which is located in Christian Hall. For questions or concerns, please call:

Front Desk: 510-642-3141

Ashleigh (Director of Summerfuel Berkeley): 802-417-7100

Program e-mail:


Welcome to UC Berkeley from the Staff!

Welcome to CAP Berkeley! We are excitedly waiting for you to arrive. The staff have begun preparing all the details you need for a successful travel day and program. While doing so, we have been able to check out the amazing view of campus!

We hope the packing is going well! Here are a few things to note when packing:

–         All bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) and bath towels are provided

–         Should a student forget a toiletry item, notebook or other small necessity it’s easy to make that purchase in the area; staff will be happy to assist with this

–         Any paperwork not yet submitted (medical form, rules, parent questionnaire, housing) should be submitted as quickly as possible within MySummerfuel!


Finally, we would like to introduce our AMAZING Staff!

Ashleigh Sanborn will be the Director of the program. She lives and teaches French in Vermont. This will be her 11th summer at Summerfuel.  She has directed programs in Nice, France and in Boston, MA!

Kenechi (Kenny) Obiora will be the Assistant Director. This is his 4th summer at Summerfuel! He has worked in Nice and at Stanford! He recently finished his MBA in Paris!

Ellen Hietsch will be a Resident Assistant.  She graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in sociology in 2017 and just finished a year of teaching English in Madrid!

Ike Okoro will be a Resident Assistant as well. He lives in the East Bay Area and is a rising senior at Notre Dame over in Indiana studying psychology/pre-health!

Let us know if there is anything you need!

S’mores, and Studying, and Crafts, Oh My!

It’s no secret that Summerfuel College Admissions Prep students are dedicated to their studies. They spend hours and hours each day preparing for the college admissions process. Whether they’re working on essays, peer reviewing, learning techniques to master the tests in class, or meeting one-on-one with their college counselors, this year’s CAP students have thoroughly impressed RAs, senior staff, counselors, and teachers alike. Not only have they been able to keep up with their large work/class-loads, but they’ve also been able to have fun social lives and explore all that Berkeley has to offer. They’ve seemingly mastered skills in time-management and maintaining balance in their academic and social lives. We’re all very proud here at Summerfuel CAP Berkeley.

From an activity’s perspective, this week has been filled with karaoke, just dance, Minute to Win It challenges, build-your-own s’mores burritos/studying, and even mason jar painting! Take a look at some of this week’s activities that Summerfuel students have taken part in.


Just Dance, Karaoke, Smoothies, and Minute to Win It Night:

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Mason Jar Decorating:

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Build-Your-Own S’mores Burrito Bar and Essay Writing Lab:

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Adventures in Berkeley!



Our last college visit of the CAP program was to the University of San Francisco, a mid-sized school with about 7,000 undergrads and an impressive 14:1 teacher-student ratio. A large part of USF campus is located on a hilltop with stunning views of San Francisco. USF offers a wide range of majors, so there’s something for everyone, but the most popular majors include nursing, business, finance, communications, and psychology.

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We arrived to campus a bit earlier than scheduled, so some students decided to keep busy in the best way they could think of: a quick dance party on the steps!

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San Fran-tastic Adventures in the City

After mornings filled with academics, we took some time on both Saturday and Sunday to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

On Saturday, our first stop was to the Coast Guard Station to get some incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. After four long years of construction, 11 deaths of construction workers, and $35 million dollars spent, the bridge was finally opened in 1937. We spent about 30 minutes admiring the bright orange bridge, taking full advantage of the awesome photo opportunity.

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Our next stop was to the California Academy of Sciences, where students had the opportunity to visit exhibits such as the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, to learn about the rock and roll era of the 1950s, an aquarium complete with penguins, Japanese gardens, a planetarium, play basketball, and so much more! We ended the day at Union Square, located in the heart of San Francisco, for dinner and shopping.

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On Sunday we traveled by BART train to Fisherman’s Wharf. One of the most famous tourist attractions in San Francisco, it became popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a popular seaport for lumber, fish, and immigrants. The students had fun shopping and walking around the pier, seeing the sights of the boats that are harbored there as well as a population of sea lions! They also indulged in ice cream and In-N-Out burger, a West Coast fast food staple.


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Banana Slugs and Boardwalks

Today we took a break from some of their classes and workshops to visit the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. Our first stop was at UC Santa Cruz where the students were given a comprehensive tour of the campus while learning about the courses and resources offered there. UC Santa Cruz is not only home to around 17,000 undergraduate students but also one of the most unique college mascots, the banana slug! When the tour was completed, we made our way down to the boardwalk by the beach where the students received passes to go on unlimited rides for free!  Some students even tried their hand at some of the games the boardwalk had to offer.  Stay tuned for more updates on fun excursions into the Bay Area!IMG_2205 IMG_2060 IMG_2296 IMG_2741 IMG_2687 IMG_2775 IMG_2721 IMG_2768

The Big C

The students went on a beautiful hike up to “The Big C” to enjoy views of the whole city of Berkeley and across the bay into San Francisco.  A popular tradition among Cal students is to go on the swing at the peak of the hike or simply relax on lawn chairs up there and study.  IMG_0882 IMG_1407 2 IMG_3954 IMG_1181 IMG_3266