Summer Springboard Success Stories

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?

Now is the perfect time for some deep introspection.

With the start of 2019, you may hear the common saying “New Year, New You”. But here at Summer Springboard, we encourage you to consider the New Year and the “True You”.

Understanding who you are is the first step towards evaluating colleges. Once you gain more insight into your own personality and style of learning, you can reflect on questions like: Rural or urban? Big or small? Liberal arts or specialized? Nearby or far away?

Our True You college prep curriculum starts with self-discovery and leads to a deeper understanding of the college application and admissions process. Through a series of self-assessments, campus visits, guided reflection and college admissions coaching, students become empowered to identify their individual vision of academic success and happiness.

But don’t take it from us. Read what these two students, Nicole and Cameron, had to say after attending Summer Springboard last summer.

“This program has taught me a lot, but not only in the academic portion. I’ve benefited from the medical class, but I think my biggest takeaway is from the True You. I don’t usually think about myself, like who am I really or which occupation I am suitable for. From the True You, I was able to discover my strengths and weaknesses, and how to improve my EQ. I’ve become much more independent, and should always take the time to reflect on myself.” – Nicole S.

“I liked how the True You allowed us to find both our strengths ALONG with our weaknesses. This information will really help me develop as a person and provided me with resources that I can use in the future.” – Cameron M.

Remember, it’s not just about getting into the best school, it’s discovering the best school for you. Too often the choice posed is what college to pick. The real choice is what life to pick. The journey to success in career and happiness in life is deeply personal. We believe goals can best be realized when students have a true sense of what makes them unique.