Summer Springboard Success Stories

Packing List + Things to Consider

June 4, 2018

So you’re ready to experience college life and explore your passions with Summer Springboard! Fantastic! Now, what are you going to bring?

We have collaborated and completed an in-depth packing list for you. You do not need to follow this list to a tee. These are some suggested items to bring with you. If there is something you cannot live without, aka a certain type of shampoo, conditioner, face moisturizer, prescription, peanut butter, etc. please bring it with you!

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Program Availability

March 20, 2018

Summer Springboard uses a rolling admissions process. Student applications are reviewed as they are submitted. Once a program fills, then we will add students to a wait list. Here is the current availability of our programs.


College Applications Don’t Have To Be Tough

January 18, 2018

The dreaded college apps season is drawing nigh! Seniors all over the nation are scrambling to meet with their counselors before initiating the tedious, grueling process of applying to colleges. Applications are probably the last thing you want to do right now. But, it’s absolutely essential that you get them done as soon as possible. Follow these tips and tricks to make the whole process that much easier:

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Meet our Campus Directors!

“What makes Summer Springboard programs different from the rest?” We get this question a lot from prospective parents and students. And we love answering it. We know that when it comes to summer programs, there are a lot of options out there. But what makes Summer Springboard stand out? Read further as we explore this question, and a few others, with  our Campus Directors Megan Hsu, UC Berkeley Campus Director, and Dianne Nolan, Yale University Campus Director.

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Find A Mentor

January 4, 2018

  • What Is A Mentor?

A mentor is an experienced and trustworthy person, usually an older student or adult, that guides you towards meeting your highest potential. They do this by being available to answer any of your questions, being a role model, and providing knowledge that would benefit you in your journey to success. The ideal mentor roots for you and wholeheartedly wants to see you grow and succeed.

  • How Can I Find A Mentor?

Great question! Simply developing a support system with your most respected and trustworthy teachers, coaches, counselors, or older students can turn into a mentorship. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, mentors love questions. You can even check if your school offers a mentorship program that connects you with peers or other trusted adults. If no one at school comes to mind, you don’t have to limit yourself to just that aspect. Mentors can be family members, youth leaders, and older friends!

  • Why Do I Need One?

Well, quite honestly, you don’t need a mentor. Plenty of students attain success on their own. The majority of students, however, would benefit significantly from mentorship. There is nothing wrong with gaining some insight and advice from an experienced source. There’s no comparison to the value of guidance and support system found in mentorship. So, overall, while you technically don’t need the guidance and support, the results of those who have mentors are remarkable. It is highly recommended that you at least try mentorship once before you decide that it isn’t for you (because it most likely is)!

  • How Can A Mentor Help Me?

Mentorship among high school students has been proven to increase student retention and graduation rates. When college applications come around, you’re already equipped with a few mentors that could write you impressive letters of recommendations. In addition, your chances for success become enhanced when you have someone who has been in your shoes and experiences helping you figure out the best course of actions for any obstacle. Also, you wouldn’t have to learn through trial and error since you’re being told from prior experiences what works and what doesn’t.

A good mentor wants to help you develop and play a significant role in your evolution throughout high school. If at any point along your journey you become lost and unsure, your mentor can point you in the right direction and bring you back on track.

Efficiently Reach Your Goals

December 14, 2017

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s a time of preparing for the future and setting (SMART) goals or resolutions. Sometimes, however, teens may find that the difficulty doesn’t lie in setting the goals, but reaching them efficiently and productively. With these tips, you’ll find it significantly easier to meet your goals in a timely and practical manner.

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Mistakes Are Essential

December 7, 2017

Mistakes are quite a misunderstood concept. Throughout your life, especially in high school, you’re taught to avoid mistakes. Why? Because shortcomings are perceived as a measurement of your intellectual ability. In reality, having this mindset is not productive and completely false. It can be detrimental towards your journey to success as it can cloud any opportunity for growth and self-development. Instead, you should recognize that mistakes are essential and view them for what they really are — learning experiences. Not convinced? Here are some other benefits of making mistakes:

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Balance Your High School Life

November 30, 2017

Keeping up the high school life is not a simple task. In fact, it’s anything but that. You have the basic family, friends, and academic aspects. Just those on an individual’s plate can already be a challenge. But some manage to throw extracurriculars like sports or after school clubs into the juggling act. Then, we have students that do all of the above with a part time job. If you find yourself in the latter situation, you’re an absolute powerhouse. Anyway, no matter your situation, here are some ways that make balancing your high school life significantly easier.

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How to Ease College Application Anxiety

November 21, 2017

This time of year is very stressful for college-bound high school students. The anticipation of getting accepted into your dream college can make you feel quite a bit uneasy. Don’t worry though, your days of anxiety and stress in regard to your college applications are finally over! We’ve got you covered with some simple, yet effective tips that’ll make you feel much better.

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