Category: Featured

My Personal Experience with the Creative Writing Program

March 4, 2020

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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What Sets Summer Springboard Apart?

January 16, 2020

Written by Lillie Dawes, Summer Springboard alumni

Choosing the right summer program can be overwhelming. With so many options, making a decision can be hard. Each program has a unique set of features to offer. As someone who’s been to multiple academic summer camps, I want to share what sets Summer Springboard apart.

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Meet the 2019 Campus Directors!

May 13, 2019

“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 David Allen (UC Berkeley Campus Director), Dianne Nolan (Yale Campus Director) and Jake Friedman (Georgetown Campus Director).

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Meet the Medicine and Healthcare Curriculum Advisors

January 15, 2019

Whether your vision of your future self includes a white coat and a stethoscope or scrubs and a heart monitor, the best way to launch a career in medicine and healthcare is to gain practical, hands-on experience. Now is the perfect time to gain real world insight and learn from professionals in the field about what drives them. In doing so,  you can make better informed decisions regarding your academic and career path as you enter the world of medicine and healthcare.

We are honored to have Dr. Andrea Tenner and Dr. Carol Chen from the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as the curriculum advisors for Summer Springboard’s Medicine & Healthcare academic program.

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The Myth of the Dream College

January 2, 2019

As high school students eagerly await results from their college applications, there’s a lot of chatter about getting into your “dream college”. But what really makes a university a “dream school”?

In your process of exploring schools, you researched online, did campus tours and maybe even attended some classes. But behind all of the flashy catalogs and online rankings, there remains one elusive fact: there is no perfect college. There’s only the college that is perfect for you. But what is right for you?

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UC Berkeley Session 2: Spotlight on Computer Science

July 17, 2018

The computer science students at our program on the campus of UC Berkeley are hard at work building and debugging their apps. They are working through the entire development process: collecting user insights, creating a mockup, architecting the data, building a minimum viable product using block-based programming, debugging, and getting user feedback.  As a special bonus, during this session they got the opportunity to visit technology companies such as Thunkable, Google Geo Education in Mountain View, and will be visiting Google in San Francisco!

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4 Tricks to Boost Motivation

March 29, 2017

Motivation is a tricky beast. Sometimes you have it and you feel overcome with drive and excitement. Other times you just can’t figure out how to get started and you are trapped in a spiral of procrastination. Scientists define motivation as general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces that compel you to take action. So how do you get those forces to work in your favor.

Here are some tricks to unleash your motivation:

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