Hello students and families!

My name is Whitney Purcell, and I’m the director for Summerfuel CAP Columbia this year. I started working with Summerfuel Oxford in 2006, then moved to Summerfuel UMass-Amherst from 2007 forward, and I am very excited to make this summer at Columbia University a memorable experience for all of our students!

We are fortunate to have a strong staff of faculty, college counselors, and resident advisors to create an excellent all-around experience for students as you prepare for the college admissions process, study hard and challenge yourselves academically, tour multiple university campuses, and make friends and memories you’ll never forget. We’ll feature some profiles of our staff in upcoming blog posts, so be sure to stay tuned!

As we prepare for your arrival to campus, we want to make sure that we have all of your travel information to make your first day smooth and welcoming. I’ll be sending out emails to everyone in order to confirm travel plans, but in the meantime, please make sure to log onto the MySummerfuel database and upload any documents that may still be missing. You can also review the Packing List, Travel Information, and CAP Columbia Handbook that are provided for you to make sure you’re ready to roll!

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns before the program begins, please feel free to send me an email at capcolumbia@summerfuel.com.

I can’t wait to meet everyone in a couple of weeks to kick off our program – and remember, it’s never too early to start packing, haha… Let the countdown begin!

Whitney Purcell