Category: Featured

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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Make the Most of Your College Tours This Spring

February 22, 2017

Its that time of year. Spring is right around corner, which means it is the perfect time to start planning your college visits and campus tours. Talk with your family about your options and compile a list of schools you are interested in attending. Ideally you will want to see the campus in action, so try to plan your visits when classes are in session.

To make the most of your visit we recommend you make a list of questions before you go. Keep it on your phone so you can have it with you on the tour.  Try to hit each of the following categories. You can use the samples provided or use them as a template to create your own list of questions.

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