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Guide to Living on a College Campus for the First Time

December 20, 2019

Written by Lillie Dawes, Summer Springboard alumni

Living with Roommates

At college, most students live with a roommate or several roommates. Summer Springboard pairs you with either one or two roommates who you will live with for the two weeks. Having roommates can be challenging at times, as personalities and habits can be different, but from my experience, my roommates and I compromised easily and got along very well. We still communicate today and will be friends for a long time! Living with roommates for two weeks can help you discover whether or not you want roommates when you go to college.

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ZipRecruiter Survey – the most and least regretted college majors

December 6, 2019

Choosing the “right” college, the “right” major, and the “right” career path are among the most important decisions a young person will make during their high school years. However, pursuing the wrong path can be extremely costly and time consuming.

A recent ZipRecruiter study highlights the most and least regretted college majors.

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Quantitative Impact of Summer Camps for Teens

March 25, 2019

The ACA 5-Year Camp Impact Study explores if and how camp prepares youth participants for college, career, and their lives outside of camp. Under the direction of an all-volunteer Research Advisory Committee and in partnership with researchers at the University of Utah, the Youth Impact Study aims to document the distinct and transferable outcomes of camp.

We recently shared a blog post that provides evidence that social skills are learned at summer programs and may be transferred to academics and the workplace.  We learned that young people gain a great deal when they attend camp, notably in the areas of social-emotional learning, but that was just Phase 1 of the study.

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Don’t (Just) Follow Your Passions

March 15, 2019

Following your passions doesn’t get you a job or lead to happiness. Follow your aptitudes.

There is a disconnect between jobs and workers. The workforce needs certain jobs but people are not trained for them, and are interested in doing other jobs.

A McKinsey article highlights this interesting dilemma. On the one hand, almost 40 percent of American employers say they cannot find people with the skills they need, even for entry-level jobs. Almost 60 percent complain of lack of preparation, even for entry-level jobs. On the other hand, this “skills gap” represents a massive pool of untapped talent, and it has dire consequences, including economic underperformance, social unrest, and individual despair.

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Research on Impact of Summer Programs on College Readiness

March 7, 2019

In today’s knowledge-based society, there is an increased demand for individuals who are prepared to succeed in academics and the workplace. This is an individual who is academically prepared in reading, writing, and mathematics knowledge AND possesses life skills (e.g. interpersonal skills and leadership) .

A LinkedIn survey highlights that employers regularly identify social competencies as the “most valuable yet hard-to-find” capabilities of workers.  Widespread concern exists that young people lack these essential skills.

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2019 Program Availability

March 4, 2019

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.

We encourage students to apply as soon as they know which academic program they are interested in so that they can get their first choice of program.

Here is the current availability of our programs.

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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