Summer Springboard Success Stories

My Personal Experience with the Creative Writing Program

Written by Maris Brail, Summer Springboard alumni

As a kid, I always loved storytelling. I remember asking for notebooks and pens and new books instead of new video games as a kid because for me those things we a million times more interesting than anything I could ever see or do on a screen. I grew up loving words, I learned to type by writing up my stories on Google Drive and took inspiration for my worlds from those that  I experienced through other books. However, once I hit middle school, I felt a disconnect occur between me and language. I no longer spent my free time writing up tales I had dreamed of or reading as many books as I had before. I missed it but for some reason, I just couldn’t find time to work it into my schedule. This continued for around four years, so when making plans for Summer 2019 I decided to set aside some specific time to work on my writing.

I only typed five words into Google “creative writing Yale summer program” and the first website that popped up was Summer Springboard’s. I clicked on it and immediately knew that it would be perfect for me. I would have the opportunity to live pretty independently on one of my favorite college campuses, I would get to meet new people, and most importantly of all, I would have three hours a day for ten days to just work on my writing, and not just doing it actively improving it and learning from my peers and teacher. Needless to say, I signed up and it has been one of the best things that I have done both for myself as a writer and a person.

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My Summer Springboard Experience

February 4, 2020

Written by Maris Brail, Summer Springboard alumni

My name is Maris and last summer I attended the creative writing program at Yale with Summer Springboard. As someone who has gone to summer camp for over six years, I can definitively say that this has been one of the most positive summer experiences I have ever had. The people, the programs, the staff, and the field trips all contributed to this. 

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Meet our Instructors at Cal Poly

January 30, 2020

At Summer Springboard at Cal Poly, teens have the unique opportunity to take fascinating hands-on workshops with Cal Poly faculty.

Cal Poly has earned its recognition through its unique Learn by Doing philosophy.

Learn by Doing is a deliberate process whereby students acquire knowledge and skills through active engagement. Classes emphasize active-learning methods and include a high proportion of laboratory and field work. Activities both on and off campus provide opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world solutions.

See below for more information on the instructors at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo:

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Meet our Instructors at UC San Diego

Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

See below for more information on the Summer Springboard instructors at UC San Diego!

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