Final Day!

It’s been quite the week here in Oxford! Even though we are on our last night here at Lady Margaret Hall, there is still quite a bit going on this evening. We kick off our evening with an art exhibition from our photography and art and architecture students, then head to an evening banquet complete with a live band (with some vocals provided by some of our students!) After the dinner (and after students are all packed up) we will have a dance and say our goodbyes.

Students are departing via coach, with parents, in cars, and on trains starting at 4am (we’ve been reviewing travel details over the past few days with each student) and it will be sad to see them all go!!

We’ll post pictures from our final night soon!

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Last night the students participated in one of their last evening activities; Summerfuel Photo Scavenger Hunt.  During this activity students were divided into teams of two and three and were challenged to go out and take pictures of different landmarks around the Harvard campus and the city of Cambridge.  Landmarks included the John Harvard statue,  the door to the Harvard Lampoon, and the Harvard Cooperative society otherwise known as The Coop.  Students were also awarded extra points for bringing back items like take out menus and subway cards, otherwise known as a Charlie Card.  To give the students an extra challenge they had to find a Harvard University student and take a picture of their student id.


Picture of the John Harvard statue.

Picture of the entrance to the Harvard Lampoon.

Picture of the Harvard Coop

Tonight the Students are headed into Boston for their last Boston excursion.  It’s hard to believe how fast this month has gone by, but it has been an amazing summer.

Casino Night- It’s All About the Benjamins!


Last night, ASA Summerfuel Harvard held a Casino Night! Though no real money was involved, each student received a set amount of chips which they could bet in four games- Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Texas Hold Em’. While some lost it all, others doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled their money!  With their winnings, students could purchase a raffle ticket for $200 each. They could then use each ticket to try and win a raffle for three separate prizes- an Urban Outfitters gift card, a Starbucks gift card, and a gift card to the COOP (Harvard’s school store)! By the end of the night, we had three big winners. Though only a few could win, students had a great time playing these fun gambling games.

RA CK in an intense game of Craps

With our departure day rapidly approaching, students do not seem to want to leave! However, we have a fantastic last week planned. Tonight, students will participate in a Harvard-inspired scavenger hunt and then will enjoy a wonderful cookout dinner. On Thursday, students will head out on their last RA night to Boston and on Friday, we will have a final dinner, awards, and dance! We’ve had an amazing summer so far and expect the next few days to be as spectacular as ever.

More from Broughton Castle

Since our last post, we have come across more photos from our Broughton Castle trip!  So without further ado, here is more from that lovely day:


The Last Week!

To start off the last week, each group had their final RA night which included a variety of different activities. (Pictured above) Both RA Justin and Mike took their boys to the bowling alley where the students got to experience traditional 10 pin bowling as well as candle stick style. While playing, they got to enjoy delicious pizza and great tunes! RA Trish took her girls to the infamous Dick’s Last Resort restaurant in Boston, then later enjoyed a movie night back at the residence hall. RA’s C.K. and Chelsea took their residents to the great Cambridge Common for dinner then had a excellent time playing games such as “Fish Bowl” and “Taboo” later throughout the night.

At ASA Summerfuel Harvard, we are also taking learning and education to next level, outside of the classroom. Teachers are taking their students on extraordinary field trips to apply all of the knowledge they have been gathering in their hard work for the past three and a half weeks.

The Food Matters workshop took a field trip to Life Alive, an “Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe.” While eating delicious, healthy and colorful meals and drinking healthy smoothies, they discussed the locavore movement, what healthy eating means in the general world and ways to potentially make modern food healthier altogether. After watching episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, discussing news articles on modern food culture and food politics, their trip to Life Alive gave them the opportunity to witness an environment of an ideal and exemplary food system they had been talking about.

Whew!- What A Weekend!

We had quite a full weekend here at ASA Summerfuel Harvard. On Friday night, students and staff celebrated Ramadan together at Ramapalooza. For those who are unaware, Ramadan is a Muslim holiday in which observers must eat only before the sun rises and after the sun sets. Ramadan is meant to show how those less fortunate feel every day and allows us to appreciate something we usually take for granted.

For Ramapalooza, each hall ordered a specific type of food. Student were able to sample cuisine from all around the world from sushi to Turkish food to American style soup and more! Students observing Ramadan broke their fast at 9 PM with the entire program. By the end of the night, everyone was far from hungry!

What a feast! Ramapalooza 2012!

Mmmmm! Sushi and Pasta 🙂

On Saturday afternoon, a group of students headed out on a boat from Boston Harbor to go whale watching! Luckily, we were able to see THREE types of whales- Minke, Fin, and Humpback! The whales took some excellent dives into the ocean, showing off their huge flukes! (Did you know a Humpback whale can be as long as TWO school buses and that their flukes are usually 12 feet long?)

Ready for whale watching!

Look at that Humpback whale fluke!

After a long day of whale watching, students met up with the rest of the program who had been shopping at Quincy Market all day. Students did a little shopping, grabbed a delicious dinner, and then the entire program headed to the movies to see The Dark Knight Rises. Most of the students agreed that the movie was incredible and was a perfect way to end the day.

On Sunday, students headed to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH. The weather was perfect for a day at the water park, and students could choose from a number of rides. A few students were brave enough to go down Geronimo, a super tall slide that shoots you down to the bottom in a matter of seconds! After a long day in the sun and an even longer weekend, students were exhausted. The rest of the night was spent grabbing dinner and hanging out in Hastings courtyard.


On the bus to Water Country!

Tonight is the last RA night of our program and the RAs have some great plans. Check back tomorrow to see how we spent our night!

Week 4: Off to a Sunny Start!

Of course, luck would have it that our fourth and final week is predicted to be absolutely gorgeous and sunny, after we’ve had almost three straight weeks of rain.  Today was also our final RA Afternoon, where our students spend the afternoon doing an activity with their RA and the other students on their hall.


Keep your fingers crossed for us that the weather will stay this nice!

Bringing Week 3 to a Close

Week 3 brought many fun adventures…a trip to Parliament (sorry, no photos allowed), High Tea, a dance, visits to the museums around Oxford, trips to London, Broughton Castle, and Bicester Village, and karaoke here at LMH!

One of our trips into London was in the Knightsbridge district.  We started at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where many of us enjoyed some nice weather out in the courtyard.


Another group went to the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Covent Garden, where we had a couple of students participate in the street entertainment!  Luckily we had our cameras ready…


On Sunday, we offered a trip to Bicester Village (where the students were too busy shopping to pose for pictures) and a trip to Broughton Castle.  The weather was finally good to us, so we enjoyed a beautiful day at a beautiful castle.

After returning to LMH from Bicester and Broughton, we had Karaoke Night!  We have several stars in the making:


Week 3 went by quickly…we can’t believe it’s already our final week! Plenty more posts and photos to come….