Relief from the Heat

Looking to expand your vocabulary…well ask our scholars for some suggestions. Our students memorized SAT words or faced the consequences…water balloons and squirt guns. It provided a great way to learn and stay cool. Jorick and Freddie were the water gun champions as they ensured no one was left dry.

After the water fight, students sat outside for an intense game of Hit or Miss. We split into groups for some team building! We had lots of laughs as we heard some interesting excuses for being late to work and ideas for things you sit on. We even had students creating categories of their own including “Things that remind you of France” and “How I Met Your Mother References.” We ended the game just in time to avoid the thunderstorm!

Just Getting Started at CAP Columbia

This morning students dove right into the SATs as they began with the diagnostic test. After surviving a true test of endurance on their first morning, summerfuelers had time to relax as outdoor activities commenced. Students found ultimate Frisbee and baseball both relaxing and good physical activity on the beautiful Columbia campus greens (after all, grass in New York City is hard to come by).

Baseball was really fun…until Freddie hit a home run, and the ball was never found.

Classes weren’t finished yet as students were introduced to their writing teachers where they started to learn how to formulate and compose stellar college essays. Some of the skills students learned and applied were creating a personal resume, evaluating colleges, and choosing essay topics.

From speed-friending introduction games to hanging out and working together until curfew, students have already started to form friendships and spend time with one another.

In between the busy schedule, the RAs and students gathered for an interactive game of Taboo. The game got quite competitive, but we had to put it on hold as students headed off to their college workshop right after we were flashmobbed by a group of young children.

Welcome to Columbia

Move-in day started bright and early with the first student’s plane touching down at 5:30 AM. From then on welcome day was in full swing with summerfuel campers arriving from across the world. Whether an hour of driving or twenty hours of air travel and jetlag, everybody gathered strength and brought their luggage into their new rooms in the East Campus of beautiful Columbia University.

From the start, students spent time getting to know the rest of their roommates whom they would be living with for the next two weeks. The day was humid, but things started warming up when the program officially commenced at 6:00 PM with students touring the campus and meeting their college counselors and RAs.

After a pizza party to start things off, the RAs broke the ice with a name game, and the college counselors followed up with a conversation on the dos and don’ts of applying to college. With much to do and a full day ahead, camp called it a night and prepared for the 7 AM wake up call for the 1st SAT diagnostic test in the morning.

Boston College and Boston University

Today, our summerfuel students toured Boston College and Boston University.  Two very different campuses in one day helped students began to articulate their criteria for choosing a college campus. After the college visits we returned to Tufts for their final individual college counseling session and a study hall to work on resumes, personal essays, and prep for the final SAT diagnostic tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow will be our last full day together; we are not ready to say good-bye.    Sad face


We ventured out on our second trip to Harvard Square today. Today, we toured the campus with an amazing guide. Students enjoyed learning the unique history of this prestigious institution.  After the tour, students were free to explore the shops and dining surrounding the gates of the Harvard Yard.  We returned to Tufts campus where students attended essay writing class and retired early for the night. Big day tomorrow!!


Explore Boston

Today, our students were up earlier than usual to sit for their second SAT diagnostic exam.

After the test, we hopped on the T to explore Boston.  Many students opted to hit the shops on Newbury Street; others chose to catch a movie to escape the heat around the Commons.  Others took the time to walk the park, find pretty places, and snap pictures.  As the evening fell, we all broke into groups and ate dinner in the North End of the city were Italian food and pastries are infamous.


Today, students went to SAT class as usual and returned to prepare for our first college visit to Northeastern University.  We learned about the university through an official college informational session and a guided tour of the campus.  Many students remarked that they loved the campus and “loved the feel of being in the middle of the city on a campus”.

The tour finished with an impromptu private session with the Assistant Dean of Bouve College of Health Services, Christine Letzeiser, PhD, RN. She took the time to get to know students academic interests and answered a number of questions.

Summerfuel ASA aims to expose our students to a variety of schools so they can begin to understand what criteria to use when deciding what school and campus life will best suit their needs.  Students returned to Eaton Hall after the college visit to have workshops with the Summerfuel college counselors.   Finally, we ended the day with a surprise cake and singing for our birthday girl!

A surprise following a workshop on application deadlines, we could all use a piece of cake! Happy Birthday Sets!!

Up Late to Celebrate


We allowed students to stay up late to surprise Setsoakae for her 18th birthday. Students gathered outside her room at midnight and gave her the surprise of the lifetime. It was a wonderful start to a new day, more celebration updates to come.