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What are enrichment electives?

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In the afternoons, students choose an enrichment elective that provides useful life skills or a deeper understanding of the college application and admissions process. Electives are 90-minute sessions that occur 4 times during the program (generally Thursday and Friday of week 1 and Monday and Tuesday of week 2).

Life Skills

  • Learn fundamental skills in money management, workplace best practices, nutrition, mental health, and personal development. This is the perfect time to ask questions and grow outside of the academic space.

Digital Arts

  • Bring your creativity to this elective as you’ll spend your time exploring the art of photography, videography, design, and the range of skills needed to create good visual content. Bring your camera or phone and your desire to discover beauty. Students will work on building their portfolios, which they can continue to build on when they return home.

Public Speaking

  • From speaking in front of a class to prepping for a college interview, develop your ability to express yourself clearly and confidently. You will gain best practices for organizing your ideas, supporting your argument, audience awareness, how to use visual aids, and how to deliver.


  • Spend your afternoon in the athletics elective if you love physical activity, learning new games, and playing on a team. Get to know the college campus in a new way as you workout and move outside.

Service Learning

  • Gain an introduction to service learning and ideas on how to create sustainable projects that have a lasting impact in your community.

College Admissions

  • Unlock the secrets of the daunting college application process and learn from Summer Springboard mentors who have valuable insights. You’ll leave this elective with more knowledge on the college search and your criteria, essay writing, identifying on-campus opportunities, and the admissions process.