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2018

Summer
GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT

         PROGRAMS
                 SEARCH OUR

                  50 LISTINGS!

             HOW CAMP BOOSTS
                COLLEGE SKILLS

                     BE READY TO
                 TRAVEL OVERSEAS
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BROWN | Pre-College

Experience College This Summer
  Students in Grades 7-12 Prepare for College Success with:
    n   Challenging Ivy League Academics
    n   The Independence of College Life
    n   Exceptional Students from Around the World
        300+ Credit & Non-Credit   Humanities & Social Sciences
        Course Options             STEM
        Online Courses             Courses for English
        Leadership Programs        Language Learners
        On Location Programs       Also Available:
                                    Sports Camps

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
           GAP PROGRAM

                     Washington, DC as Your Classroom
               Internships | University Living | College Credit
 GAP SEMESTER OR YEAR OPTIONS
 Fall or Spring Semester or Full Academic Year Programs

 SUMMER PROGRAM
 Non-Credit / 2 Week Institutes in Govement, Justice & Law
 Session 1: June 24 - July 6, 2018                                             Accredited by the
 Session 2: July 8 - July 20, 2018                                          American Gap Association

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 Summer 2018 - February 20, 2018 (Early) and May 15, 2018 (Final)                   @AUGAPPROGRAM
 Fall 2018 Semester - May 15, 2018
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2018 GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS
                                                    P U BL ISHER AND CEO
                                           Marie Schwartz, mschwartz@teenlife.com

                                                    A DVER T ISING SAL ES
                                               Andrew Laine, drew@teenlife.com

                                                           EDIT O R
                                              Susan Moeller, susan@teenlife.com

                                               A R T D IR ECT IO N AND DESIG N
                                               Kathy Tilton, kbtilton@gmail.com

                                               To download a PDF of this guide, go to
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PRESENTING THE 2018 GUIDE TO
                      OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS
                      Summer brings up all kinds of images: the           there’s a teen summer program to fit every
                      freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool      interest, budget and schedule.
                      swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if
                      you could have all that and develop skills that     This guide can get you started. It lists more
                      you’re going to need for college and beyond?        than 50 summer program providers who are
                                                                          interested in your participation, along with
                      TeenLife’s annual GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT                tips on how to feel safe in a strange place;
                      SUMMER PROGRAMS is a means to expand                your best choices for summer academic
                      your world, explore a new interest, meet            courses; and the best practices for summer
                      fascinating people, create something                interns. We tell you why summer programs
                      fantastic and, of course, have fun.                 are a good choice for teens and how to thrive
                                                                          in a homestay. And we have the inside scoop
                      These used to be called “enrichment” pro-           from several high school students who have
   GOT QUESTIONS      grams, but, as experts, we know that a sum-         participated in them.
  OR SUGGESTIONS?     mer spent in a structured program, in an
                      internship, traveling, or learning a new skill      So think about what you want from summer,
                      is so much more than just a classroom add-          then take it one step further and sign up for a
                      on. These programs let you experience life          program. You can check www.TeenLife.com
   Email me at        away from home. They teach responsibility,          for more. Let summer be all that you
mschwartz@teenlife.   leadership and resilience. They might include       can imagine!
      com.            academics, community service or leadership
                      training, but this isn’t an older generation’s                                  Marie Schwartz
                      idea of “summer school.” You’ll find plenty of                                  CEO and Founder
                      chances for adventure and friendships. And                                      TeenLife Media

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Contents
                                       2018 GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS

9   DEAR PARENTS: Here’s why summer camp      25 SPORTS CAMPS: The first step is to be
    works for teens.                             realistic.

12 PARLEZ VOUS?: Why immersion is the best    28 SLEEP-AWAY SCHOOL: How to see if
   way to learn a language.                      boarding school is right for you.

17 STAY SAFE: How to feel secure in a new     31 SUMMER SCHOOL: Courses that really help in
   country this summer.                          college.

                                              34 BRAIN DRAIN: Use it or lose it this
19 INTERN SAVVY: Know these best practices
                                                 summer.
   before you start.
                                              40 TEENLIFE PROGRAM LISTINGS: Find your best
22 HEADED OVERSEAS?: Check our tips for a
                                                 summer ever right here!
   great homestay.

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Mindfulness Retreats
     FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
         Build awareness, compassion, and concentration
        practices on a fun and supportive multi-day retreat

  Locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom

Visit our website for more details.
We have never turned away a teen for lack of funds.   iBme.info/teenlife18
SUMMER CAMP:
                           A Good Idea For Teens
                                          BY STEPHEN GRAY WALLACE, M.S. ED.

              ehind the magic of summer camp lie the           » Social-emotional learning opportunities
              fundamental building blocks of experien-         » Values clarification
              tial learning, social development, char-         » Independence.
              acter, civic engagement and other 21st-
              century “soft” skills that might very well       And other research has shown camp encourages the
              translate into job opportunities one day.        cognitive skills of critical thinking, communication,
                                                               collaboration, creativity and confidence.
Who knew?
                                                               And there’s even more.
 “From the time courageous and forward-thinking edu-
cators created what has grown to become a world-wide           Norvell drills down on the independence and con-
camp movement here …, they knew that something was             fidence camp inspires, suggesting that a summer at
lacking in children’s overall education,” Lucy Norvell,        camp promotes positive risk-taking. Indeed, camp is a
director of development and communications for the             place where many young people say they can be their
American Camp Association, New England, wrote in a             genuine selves, exploring their capacities for friendship,
2016 article about the history of camps. “Those lucky          skill-building and achievement without fear of failure,
campers who hiked and adventured along Connecticut’s           ridicule or rejection.
Long Island Sound spent most of their time in the out-
of-doors learning. With lots to discover about them-           Camp empowers positive risk-taking – a critical step
selves and about being a member of a group, these              toward achieving an overall “sense of self,” which is
were the first of millions of children to benefit from the     a significant developmental step on the sometimes-
experiential education that day and overnight camps            bumpy path to adulthood.
uniquely provide.”
                                                               Heading down that path also requires courage.
What are some of the ways camp helps young                     What does that courage look like at camp? I
people? Norvell suggests:                                      asked some 17-year-old recent “graduates” of
                                                               the Cape Cod summer camp where I work to
» Physical and mental health                                   describe their experiences. »

                                                             2018 TEENLIFE GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS           | 9
“I believe that camp has given me the tools to live and            times. However, there is no better way to get to know
  problem-solve on my own,” says Ben Quincy. “It has in-             people than to live with them. … Even though something
  stilled in me the important values of community and the            like sailing seemed impossible in the beginning, I now
  power you have to impact that community positively or              am not only proficient in doing it on my own but I can
  negatively. ... Camp pushed me out of my comfort zone,             also teach it to four 10-year-old girls in 15-knot wind
  teaching me how to be comfortable while facing strife.”            while keeping them entertained and having fun at the
                                                                     same time. This experience proves that no matter hard
  Brooke Katz shared that “camp has allowed me to learn              something may seem at first, if you take it step by step,
  more about the world, myself and helping others, which             you can master it.”
  I believe is necessary for my future. It has given me an-
  other home, a second family and opportunities to be                 Mastering it. Figuring it out. Moving forward with
  a leader and take initiative.”                                     newfound confidence, learned skills and the support
                                                                     of community. That is what camp is all about. And that
  And Joe Benjamin said, “Living with new and different              is why an age-old tradition is as new as this morning
  people for seven weeks is not always easy. It can be               and still relevant for young adults on the brink of
  cramped, dirty, smelly and downright unpleasant at                 independence.

Stephen Gray Wallace is president and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), a national collaborative
of institutions and organizations committed to increasing positive youth outcomes and reducing negative-risk behaviors. He has broad
experience as a school psychologist, adolescent/family counselor and college professor. He is director of counseling and counselor
training at Cape Cod Sea Camps, a member of the professional development faculty at the American Academy of Family Physicians and
the American Camp Association and a parenting expert at kidsinthehouse.com and NBCUniversal’s parenttoolkit.com. He is also an
expert partner at RANE (Risk Assistance Network & Exchange). For more information, visit StephenGrayWallace.com.
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How to Really
          LEARN A LANGUAGE
                                  This Summer
                                                     BY BILL O’NEILL

                 erano, été, taumafanafana – no matter        learning from people around the world. You can use
                 how you say “summer,” if you’re a high       Google Translate if you want to, but it makes mistakes,
                 school student, it’s a great time to         and it’s no substitute for learning about the culture of
                 sharpen your foreign-language skills.        the people in another country.”

                 Opportunities include immersion              Learning a foreign language is part of responsible global
   programs in the United States or abroad, homestays         citizenship, says Christine Schulze, executive director of
   and apps.                                                  Concordia Language Villages, a summer immersion pro-
                                                              gram based in Bemidji, Minn. Concordia offers residen-
   No matter what form of training you choose, there are      tial programs in 15 languages, including Arabic, Chinese,
   multiple reasons to do it.                                 Norwegian and Russian, along with French and Spanish.

   When you learn another language, there are cognitive       “Being interested in a language, and thereby a culture,
   benefits in terms of added flexibility in your thinking,     builds bridges of understanding,” Schulze says. “It might
   says Marty Abbott, executive director of the American      be around the world or in your own neighborhood. Our
   Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).       communities have become much more multicultural.”

   But the most important benefit, she says, is being able     For college-bound students, language pairs with many
   to connect with other people.                              types of majors, she says.

   “Young people have that motivation because, especially     “We have a very global economy. The world has decid-
   through the Internet, they are connecting with and         edly shrunk. Whatever career field a young person may

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No matter what form of training you choose,
                            there are multiple reasons to do it.

be interested in pursuing, language is either going           get comfortable with the language, have a little more
to be a differentiator or a complement to what they            courage and confidence about using it and learn a little
might want to pursue in life. From science to technol-        about the culture.”
ogy to business, it offers an additional skill and talent
that they can hold out to an employer.”                       Concordia’s one-week programs typically draw students
                                                              who are not yet in high school and want a first-time ex-
LEARN IT BEST THROUGH IMMERSION                               perience being away from home or learning a language.
So, what’s the best way to beef up your language
skills?
                                                              CONSIDER A HOMESTAY
                                                               Homestays, often combined with travel, are another
Immersion is the way to go, says Abbott.                      immersion option.

 “It’s about putting yourself out there – maybe putting        “There are homestay programs all over the world,
yourself in an uncomfortable situation to become              including many that aren’t that far away in Mexico, Costa
comfortable,” Abbott says. “You have to feel a little         Rica, even in French-speaking Canada,” says Abbott.
about awkward about using the language to really
improve and really connect with people.”                       “It’s still possible to travel to many countries and use
                                                              only English, because there are so many people around
And, immersion merges language learning with                  the world who are motivated to learn English. But it’s
cultural learning, says Schulze. “That brings it alive in     important to go to that uncomfortable place where you
ways that are very deep and meaningful, in terms of           are forced to interact using the language, and a home-
art and history.”                                             stay is great for that.”

 Immersion programs put great emphasis on spoken-             You might not even need to leave home to get an im-
language skills, something that may not be a major            mersive language experience, she says. There are people
focus of classroom instruction. It’s about living the         who speak various languages in every community.
language, Schulze says.
                                                              “We often talk about the journey that people are on
 “When you travel, you need the basics of how to order        toward becoming globally competent. That means being
in a restaurant, use an ATM and purchase something,           comfortable interacting around the world, but it can
and go to a museum. That’s what makes learning a lan-         begin in your local community.”
guage fun – when you can use it in realistic contexts.”
                                                               As for language apps, Abbott says many of them are
Immersion programs are available at all levels, from          geared to gaming theory, so they provide plenty of
beginners to fluent speakers. One benchmark is that            motivation. But apps tend to focus on building vocabu-
a four-week immersion program is the equivalent of            lary and learning about grammar, she says. “It really
one full year of high school language instruction,            takes interacting with a human being to develop that
says Schulze.                                                 communicative ability.”

 A typical student in Concordia’s two-week program            By the way, in case you don’t recognize all of them, the
is a teen who’s taken some high school courses but            words for “summer” at the start of the article are in
wants to get better at speaking a language. “You can          Spanish, French and Samoan.

                                                            2018 TEENLIFE GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS             | 13
YOUTH PROGRAMS

                                                        PROGRAM
 SUMMER STUDIOS 2018                                    INFORMATION

An intensive experience in art making and viewing       Dates: July 16–August 11, 2018
                                                        Residential students move in
for students entering their junior and senior years
                                                        July 15, 2018
in high school. Students from around the world
experience MassArt before college.                      2018 rates:
                                                        Tuition: $3,000
                                                        Room & Board: $2,610

Please consult our website: MassArt.edu/youthprograms                     Photo: Damian Hickey
What did you do on the program? What did you
                                                           learn from participating?
                                                           Studying Latin in Rome was the greatest adventure
                                                           I ever had in my whole life, let alone high school. It
                                                           happened right in the middle of my high school years,
                                                           in the summer between my sophomore and junior
                                                           years. My study of Latin, up to that point, was merely
                                                           an enjoyable and challenging exercise, and my grow-
                                                           ing concern for what I was going to do in college and
                                                           the rest of my life were too often dismissed by those
                                                           older than me. “That’s a long way from now,” they’d
                                                           say, and I would wince. My lack of purpose scared me,
                                                           and I didn’t want to arrive at college unaware both of
                                                           what I wanted to study and what I wanted to do
                                                           in general.

                                                           The Latin in Rome summer program with the Univer-
                                                           sity of Dallas changed all that. Never before in my life
                                                           had I felt so sure about what I wanted to do and why I
How I Spent my Summer                                      wanted to do it. I wanted to study Latin, and I wanted
                                                           to study it because of Rome. The Eternal City captured
                                                           my imagination, and the ancient texts that we read
                                                           in classes entertained my captive mind. The fantastic
                                                           readings that we had, selected from the masters of
By PATRICK ANDREWS                                         the language, were in some sense the tour guides of
University of Dallas                                       the trip: They push me headlong through the ad-
                                                           vanced grammatical lessons, gave a depth and color
Why did you decide to participate in an overnight          to the pale marble structures found around Rome,
summer program?                                            and taught me ultimately how to see human nature
I really wanted to study abroad, and the only way to       through history, language and self-discovery.
do that in high school is to participate in an overnight
summer program.                                            Additionally, I learned what it meant to be a university
                                                           student. For the first time in my life, I actually felt re-
How did you research summer programs and                   sponsible: I had roommates to be around, professors
decide the University of Dallas program that               to impress, and my laundry to clean. Even though I
let you study Latin in Rome was right for you?             had fewer external pressures to study than I had ever
The program was suggested to me by my teacher,             had before, I acquired the greatest internal desire to
who knew me well and understood my interests. I            study. I finally was taking ownership of my studies,
think teachers are the best references when research-      and this responsibility thrilled me.
ing summer programs. They understand what their
students are like and how they can improve, and            All in all, it was the crowning jewel of my whole high
so they’re capable of finding the perfect fit for their      school life, and it helped me so much in the college
students.                                                  application process.

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Center for Talent Development
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DO THIS
                                                          Before Heading
                                                               OVERSEAS
                                                                       BY LAURIE HIGGINS

           he benefits that high school students get                Following the rules is mandatory.
           from going overseas on a summer program                 All reputable high school summer programs have a
           are endless. It exposes them to people,                 code of conduct that both parents and students must
           languages and cultures that are very differ-             read and sign. This is a great way to encourage a con-
           ent from their own, increasingly important in           versation about what behavior is appropriate and what
a global world. It makes them more self-reliant, increas-          is absolutely not allowed, says Christine Schulze, execu-
ing confidence and maturity.                                        tive director at Concordia Language Villages.

But the privilege to travel also comes with responsibili-          “The code of conduct spells out some very basic be-
ties. Experts in the travel field offer the following advice         havior expectations from how to act appropriately on
for keeping high school students confident, happy and               a plane, on a bus, in a family stay, but more specifically
safe overseas:                                                     it outlines what the expectations are for things like
                                                                   tobacco use, alcohol, illicit drugs,” she says.
Pick the right program.
Summer high school trips can be expensive but are                  Teens need to know the consequences of breaking
often the trip of a lifetime, according to Eve Eifler, direc-       the rules. Most programs will send the student home
tor of Tips on Trips and Camps. With that in mind, you             for violations of the code and parents need to be clear
want to make sure the trip matches a student’s pas-                who will pay.
sion. There are many different summer programs, and
each one focuses on different things like volunteering,             “That’s a really expensive flight, and [students] need to
sightseeing, adventure and language immersion.                     be responsible for that,” Eifler says.

There are also hybrid programs that combine language               Always be aware of your surroundings and act
immersion with volunteer service like the one SPI Study            in a confident manner.
Abroad offers in Costa Rica.                                        Concordia Language Villages offers five tips to help
                                                                   students be confident:
“To me, the most important part of the conversation is
making sure the parent and the child are on the same
                                                                   » Always travel in groups of two or three.
page about what makes this opportunity worthwhile,”
                                                                   » Map out your route in advance to minimize the
                                                                     chances of getting lost.
says John Foster, program operation director at SPI
Study Abroad. Parents and students need to agree
                                                                   » Write down your host family, hotel or hostel’s ad-
                                                                     dress and have it on your person at all times. If you »
about the the goals, the expected benefits and the
limits for the trip, he says.
                                                               2018 TEENLIFE GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS           | 17
are staying in a country like China or Russia that uses       a very common feeling. Schulze describes it as “home-
  a different writing system, write it in that country’s         sickness in another country.”
  characters.
» Become familiar with the currency in the country you          She recommends talking about what to do when feel-
  are visiting and understand the exchange rate. Practice       ings get overwhelming. It’s OK to “step out” of the guest
  at home so you can do the math mentally without               culture and seek out a hamburger and a Coke or just
  having to pull out a smartphone.                              relax and read a book. A break will give students the
» Understand local cultural practices and standards,            energy to join back in, she says.
  about, for example, taking photographs or approach-
  ing members of the opposite sex. For teens, a trip to         Err on the side of conservative with behavior
  another country is sometimes seen as an opportunity           and dress.
  to explore new things in a place away from their usual        Teenagers should be aware of the dress codes in the
  peers, Eifler says. But if that involves sex, alcohol, drugs   country they are visiting and lean conservative, Foster
  or other possibly risky behaviors, it’s not always safe in    says. And when traveling in groups, don’t talk loudly or
  a foreign culture.                                            over each other because it attracts a lot of attention.
» Research the county and be familiar with current issues
  there as well as current events in the States. But Foster     “We tell students you are representing your families,
  recommends not talking about politics at all unless you       you are representing yourself and you’re also repre-
  are staying with a family you know really well.               senting our country to Europeans, to the Chinese, to
                                                                Central Americans,” he says. “Understand that just like
Culture shock is real.                                          you’re forming opinions of a person, of a culture, of a
Even adults traveling abroad experience culture shock, so       country, people are forming opinions of you as well,
it’s important to let a high school student know that it is     so project yourself in the best light.”

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            ongratulations: You’ve landed a an intern-            sure you ask enough questions in the interview
            ship, and you’re ready to explore the real            to know that this particular internship is a good
            world.                                                fit for you.

            But landing a high school internship is just       2. The best interns don’t whine.
            the beginning. You want to work hard and
work smart so that you’ll leave this position with great          Here’s the reality of being an intern: You are go-
habits, great contacts and great recommendations.                 ing to have to do some scut work – the mindless
You want to demonstrate that you’re ready and able                or repetitive tasks that no one wants to do. That’s
to learn new skills and responsibilities – and we’re not          one reason companies hire interns. So put on your
talking about the location of the nearest Starbucks so            headphones, check your playlist and buckle down.
you can pick up the coffee order.
                                                                  That said, you’re a fresh set of eyes on a task that
I mentored dozens of high school and college interns              might have been done the same way for years.
over a 40-year career in journalism, and there are cer-           Think you have a better way to do it? Make a
tain traits and habits that the best ones have in com-            respectful suggestion to your supervisor (remem-
mon that help them succeed. Here they are, based on               ber, no whining). Who knows, maybe it will be the
my experience and the experience of other supervisors             solution to a long-standing problem. If it’s accepted,
I worked with:                                                    great. If not, be a good sport and finish the task.

1. The best interns do their homework.                         3. The best interns say “more please.”
    Your homework starts long before you walk into                One reason to finish that stuff you hate is so you
    start an internship. You should have been re-                 can ask to do more stuff that you really want to
    searching this company before your first interview.            do. So have some ideas in your back pocket that
    By Day 1, you should have some understanding of               you can pitch to your supervisor. Oddly, one of
    company culture, accomplishments and priorities.              the hardest things for intern supervisors to do is
                                                                  find the time to assign interns tasks. So, that’s an
    How to find that out? Ask questions during the                 opening for you to show some initiative with a
    interview. Research on the web and through social             suggestion.
    media. Seek out people who may have worked
    or interned there. And once you start, keep ask-           4. The best interns want to be better.
    ing questions about how things work, both in the              As one supervisor told me, summer interns
    specific company and in the industry. You are there            should have a “take-no-prisoners attitude” about
    to learn, not just to build your resume. And, make            improving and expanding their skills. One way to »

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do this: Ask for a 15-minute weekly sitdown with your         6. The best interns respect the workplace
   supervisor or other mentors in the office to go over the
                                                                    and the best workplaces respect
   work you’ve done. Throughout your internship, ask for all
   the coaching you can and make the most out of a chance           interns.
   to work with professionals in your chosen field. Nobody          Workplaces have informal rules, such as whether
   expects you to know everything – that’s why you’re still an     people eat at their desks, and formal rules, such
   intern. So never be afraid to ask questions and try posing      as when you are eligible for overtime. You may be
   the same question to several different people.                   asked to answer the phone in a specific way or dress
                                                                   up when meeting customers. There will certainly be
5. The best interns keep their bosses                              rules on how you can use company equipment and
   informed.                                                       technology. (And, trust me on this, you are likely to
                                                                   get caught if you misuse it.)
   Supervisors are busy. They are not always going to no-
   tice if you are struggling with something or if you have a      Consider yourself a guest in the work space – a
   problem that is preventing you from meeting a dead-             guest who wants to be invited back. Treat everyone
   line. Don't wait until the last minute! The day the project     with respect. You never know who will save your
   is due is not the time to mention that you’re running a         bacon on a project.
   bit behind. Learn to manage your manager and keep
   in mind an important fact in any workplace culture:             That said, there should also be respect for interns.
   Bosses hate surprises. Don’t badger your bosses, but            If you think your time is being misspent or some-
   let them know when you’ve finished a project, need               one in the office is being inappropriate, talk to your
   help or are anxious to work on a particular project.            supervisor or the human resources department.

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What was a typical day in your summer
                                                              program?
                                                              Morning always kicked off with a daily Starbucks
                                                              ritual with my friends. I’d take my S’mores Frappuc-
                                                              cino with me to class, where we would start by sharing
                                                              our writing homework from the day before. We also
                                                              dug into creative nonfiction writers, from Lawrence
                                                              Millman’s ventures through the North Atlantic to Joan
                                                              Didion’s portraits of California dwellers in the 1960s.
                                                              We spent about three hours every morning in class
                                                              but it really flew by because the professor was incred-
                                                              ibly interesting and engaging.

How I Spent my Summer                                         The afternoons and evenings were usually a
                                                              mixture of excursions — from unique, fascinating
                                                              places like the Civil Rights Museum to just fun, vaca-
                                                              tion-like destinations such as the Atlanta Aquarium
By SIENA CAPONE                                               and Six Flags. Sometimes we ate lunch or dinner in
Emory University                                              the dining hall, and other times we walked to fun res-
                                                              taurants near campus or went to the Farmers Market
Why did you choose to participate in a summer                 and then to Piedmont Park to relax. When I got back
program?                                                      to my room, I’d usually write all evening, maybe take
For three main reasons: to learn something new over           a trip to the library, listen to music, and just hang out
the summer, to get a feel for the campus environ-             with my roommate, who was from China.
ment where I’m interested in attending college (going
from Michigan summer weather to Georgia’s weather             What was the most memorable moment of
is quite a leap!), and to experience life at a renowned       your summer?
academic institution with other people like me who            Going to Stone Mountain at 5 in the morning. I’ll
are passionate about learning and bring a diversity of        admit that I groaned when my alarm went off at four.
perspectives and experiences to the table.                    But every moment of hiking up Stone Mountain, from
                                                              when the world hadn’t quite woken up yet and the
How did you decide which program or camp was                  stars were still out, to when the sun began to rise,
right for you?                                                was unforgettable.
My parents and I spent a lot of time online investigat-
ing the many summer programs out there. I wanted a            What advice do you have for teens looking
summer program that would seriously challenge me as           at summer programs or camps?
a writer, one that seemed most like a college course.         Look for somewhere you can develop an academic
Ultimately I chose Emory University Summer Pre-               passion in an environment or place that pushes you
College Program because the course description really         outside of your comfort zone. Whether it be in an
interested me and because I researched the teacher            entirely different region, the middle of nowhere, or
and felt sure he would be amazing. I also wanted a            the city, you may find that you love a way of life you
two-week program because it was enough time to                never thought you would. You can meet people from
really delve into a class, yet not miss too much of my        all over the world and enjoy becoming immersed in
summer with my family.                                        what you love in that place.

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How To
          Have A Great
      OVERSEAS
      HOMESTAY
                 BY NICO JANNASCH

      lying around the world for a homestay in a         1. LEARN A BIT OF LANGUAGE BEFORE
      foreign country can open your eyes to new
                                                            YOU GET THERE
      cultures, get you out of your comfort zone, and
      possibly help you learn a foreign language. I’ve      In Vietnam, my new family hardly spoke any
      enjoyed a few homestays and each one helped           English at all. I didn’t speak much Vietnamese,
me mature as a young adult.                                 but I did know a few of the basic words like
                                                            “thank you,” “hello,” “yes,” “no,” and the numbers
Throughout my time abroad, I’ve picked up some les-         1 through 10. Having made even this small
sons about how to have a successful homestay. Here are      effort, I showed that I cared about understand-
a few of the big ones:                                      ing their culture.

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2. OBSERVE THE HOUSE RULES.                                      know the best places to grab food, go to the movies,
                                                                 or just chill out. Get to know the younger members
   In most of Asia, families have “house shoes” waiting          of your host family or ask for an introduction to
   by every door that you put on as you enter to keep            other locals your age.
   out street dirt and protect your bare feet. After
   eating a meal, it’s rude to leave your chopsticks             Be ready to join in on activities that are different that
   resting inside your bowl; you need to leave them              what you’re used to but know your limits. Getting
   flat on top so they can’t fall out. When you begin             caught breaking the rules can get you sent home
   living with your host family, just observe everything         (or worse) so learn your limits and how to say “No.”
   they do and if you have a question, ask nicely.
                                                               5. KEEP IN TOUCH
3. BE BRAVE ABOUT TRYING THE FOOD.
                                                                 Stay in contact with your host family once your
   In Vietnam, I ate eggs with chicks inside, pig head with      homestay ends! Send them postcards, jump on
   the eyeball still in place, dried snake, and much more.       Skype, or send them pictures on Facebook. There’s
   If you travel to a foreign country you’ll get a chance to     no reason to let the relationship disappear.
   eat new foods, some more exotic than others. Show-
   ing that you’re not afraid of traditional food is one       6. TAKE HOME MORE THAN SOUVENIRS.
   of the fastest ways I’ve found to bond with locals. It
   shows that you’re open to experiencing their culture.         I’ve enjoyed every homestay I’ve taken part in.
                                                                 When I return home, my perspective is always
4. GET TO KNOW OTHER TEENAGERS.                                  different and I feel I’ve grown more mature. If you
                                                                 haven’t traveled much, the thought of visiting a for-
   Local teens will be able to show you a side of the city       eign country to live with strangers can be scary but
   or town that is probably more relevant to you. They’ll        I strongly suggest you do it.

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What was the most memorable moment of
                                                            your summer?
                                                            The most memorable experience from the
                                                            O.C.E.A.N.S. residential camp was touring the UNCW
                                                            Aquaculture facility. They were breeding flounder,
                                                            and I looked into one of the tanks and there were
                                                            hundreds of juvenile flounder covering the whole
                                                            tank. I thought it was amazing that marine biologists
                                                            were able to raise fish in a controlled environment
How I Spent my Summer                                       to provide a sustainable food source without taking
                                                            wild fish out of the ocean. I enjoyed MarineQuest’s
                                                            O.C.E.A.N.S. camp so much that I decided to come
                                                            back the following year for the three-week Oceans-17
By MARK MAKOWSKI                                            summer residential camp.

MarineQuest UNCW                                            During the Oceans-17 camp, I had the opportunity to
                                                            get my Open Water PADI scuba diving licenses and
Why did you choose to participate in a summer               I went to many different shipwrecks off the coast of
program?                                                    North Carolina.
Marine science has always been a large part of my
life. Since I was a little kid, I wanted to become a        I also had the chance to work with a professor re-
marine biologist.                                           searching invasive species of algae Gracilaria. I set
                                                            up a tank in one of the wet labs at UNCW’s Center for
How did you decide which program or camp                    Marine Science. The research project was to see if
was right for you?                                          amphipods would be able to make a potential home
I attended MarineQuest’s summer residential programs        out of the invasive algae. I tested the invasive algae
O.C.E.A.N.S. in 2013 and Oceans-17 in 2014. Sopho-          against an artificial algae and the local species of algae
more year of high school, I started to think about poten-   Ulva. The experiment was conducted over the three-
tial colleges I would want to attend to get my degree in    week camp. The opportunity of conducting my own
marine biology. The University of North Carolina Wilm-      experiment gave me a hands-on learning experience
ington was my top choice. My Mom and I were doing           that is still useful to this day.
more research into UNCW and we discovered Marine-
Quest. I decided to attend MarineQuest to discover          What advice do you have for teens looking at
what UNCW’s marine biology program offers.                   summer programs or camps?
                                                            I would tell teens looking to get involved in a STEM
What was a typical day in your summer program               summer residential camp that it will give them an
or at camp?                                                 advantage when going into college. Experience is one
When I attended O.C.E.A.N.S., I was exposed to              of the most important aspects in a STEM-related field.
many different aspects of Marine Science. During             Attending MarineQuest allowed me to become famil-
the two-week camp, we went on research cruises              iar with UNCW and instilled in me a desire to pursue
and on field trips to beaches, marshes, a fouling            a career in aquaculture in the Marine biology field.
station, a marine-technology facility, UNCW research        Having previous experience working with equipment
labs, UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, Fort Fisher         and the scientific process allowed me to get an intern-
Aquarium and UNCW’s Aquaculture Facility. Marine-           ship at the UNCW Aquaculture Facility. I am currently
Quest allowed me to gain experiences I never would          starting my junior year at UNCW majoring in Marine
have had the chance to otherwise in my life.                Biology and working at the Aquaculture Facility.

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First Step For Sports Camps:
                                BE REALISTIC
                                                   BILL HIGGINS

      hining stars are bright and easy to see in a night      awarded some form of an athletic scholarship.
      sky. So, too, are the teenage athletes who excel on     That means a lot of kids are playing for the fun, the
      fields of play and at elite summer camps.                camaraderie or the leadership sport teaches, even if
                                                              they aren’t stars.
But what about the other players in the game? Maybe
you’re not a blue-chip prospect suited for a five-star sum-    We talked about summer sports programs with several
mer showcase. Maybe you’re trying to improve your skills      high school sports experts who have different perspectives:
and display your potential. Or maybe you’re just getting      Garin Veris, former Stanford football All-American who
ready to try out for the team. How do you know what kind      played seven seasons in the NFL before going into high
of summer sports camp to consider?                            school and college administration. He is currently the
                                                              athletics director at Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Camps come in all shapes and sizes and for all abilities.     in Bourne, Mass.
Nearly 8 million students participate in high school ath-     Bob Bigelow, a former Division I basketball star at the
letics in the United States, but only 460,000 — about 6       University of Pennsylvania and first-round NBA draft
percent — will play in college, according to the National     pick. Today he is a noted lecturer and the author of
Collegiate Athletic Association. And only 2 percent will be   “Just Let the Kids Play.” »
John Schiffner, a Connecticut high school baseball           James: You want your kids to enjoy the experience.
coach, now an assistant at the University of Maine. He’s    They should be building friendships and relationships.
the winningest manager in the history of the Cape Cod       That should be the payoff.
Baseball League, the country’s top summer collegiate        McCully: For older players, maybe a team camp is
league.                                                     best. Everyone attends and trains together, which
John McCully, head coach of a nationally ranked high        builds chemistry. For younger players, a camp more
school boys soccer team.                                    geared toward skill development and technique
Merry James, a camp coach and mother of two daugh-          might be what you want.
ters who play for a high school volleyball powerhouse.
                                                            WHAT SHOULD PARENTS AND KIDS LOOK
They all agree on at least one thing: Play for the love     FOR IN A CAMP?
of the game, the camaraderie and the experience,
                                                            Schiffner: The best camps will spend time on
not the scholarship. Here are their answers to some
                                                            both individual skill development and games. You
other parent and student FAQs about summer
                                                            need competition to improve. Ask what the ratio of
sports programs:
                                                            counselor to camper is. For baseball, 1 to 10 would
                                                            be OK.
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP KIDS CHOOSE THE                        James: Based on the experience of my daughters (at
BEST CAMP?                                                  volleyball camps), a program with a ratio of around 5
Veris: Keep the focus on having fun, not necessarily what   campers to 1 coach is very good. There are drills and
he or she might achieve in the future. Too often parents    skill sessions, followed by games, where you work on
push the kid, but (they should) give them a say, too.       teamwork and strategy.

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HOW DO WE FIND THE BEST-FIT SUMMER                          HOW DO PARENTS AND KIDS JUDGE APPROPRIATE
   PROGRAM?                                                    TEACHING LEVELS IN A SUMMER PROGRAM?
   Schiffner: Talk to other parents and the friends of          McCully: A good coach who knows the player, and is
   your son or daughter who have been to camps and             honest, should be able to help make this assessment.
   ask about their experiences. Your high school or            Bigelow: There’s no magic formula. Parents need to find a
   club coach should be a good resource. A camp that           coach they trust and one who knows what he or she is look-
   has been in business for a while will have a proven         ing at. And here’s the important thing: Be willing to listen
   track record. Watch out for places that advertise           and hear what they tell you. … There are showcases that’ll
   “personal invitation.” That’s probably a money grab         provide evaluations, but buyer beware. Who are the evalua-
   with a lot of kids and maybe only a handful of              tors? And are they bringing in a lot of kids for $100, $150 a
   coaches.                                                    pop, conducting some drills, and giving you a fancy report?
   James: There is a place for everyone. Network.
   Camps and coaches have reputations. If you’re on            OK, SO WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?
   websites or looking at brochures, they probably all
                                                               Schiffner: Nowadays, it seems, everyone gets a trophy.
   look good, but find out where your friends have sent
                                                               Kids know who the good players are, and they often know
   their kids and would they send them back again.
                                                               their limits before the parents do. Not everyone is going
   Maybe a town recreational camp is an option, especially
                                                               to be a star. You’re not really doing your son or daughter
   for an introduction to a sport or for younger kids.
                                                               any good by creating false hope. A lot of parents don’t
   Look at colleges in the region, and sometimes you
                                                               want to hear the truth, but they need to take a deep
   can combine a family vacation, say in New Hampshire,
                                                               breath and do what’s best for their kids.
   with a day camp.
                                                               Veris: Let your kids play, learn and develop. If there is
                                                               ability, it will come out.

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           ging grade, get ahead on course credits,          to help students from overseas integrate into the Ameri-
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           dently, you might consider spending part          programs as an introduction to boarding school before
           of your off-time in a teen summer program          enrolling for an academic year. Others are looking for an
           at a boarding school.                             academic challenge or extra learning support or want
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“You’re taken out of your regular environment,"             The foundation of many of these summer programs
says Mark Davis, Director of Programs for the               for teenagers, like the one at The Hun School of Princ-
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, Calif.          eton in Princeton, N.J., is to build students’ confidence
Students who enroll in a class while living at home         “so they feel more at peace with who they are and
don't typically have the discipline to avoid distractions   are more confident when they take the SAT,” says
like friends, TV or social media, he says. On a board-      Mark Harrison, the school’s director of summer and
ing school campus, however, students have a full            auxiliary programs. Because the program is only a
schedule of classes, community meals, activities and        month long, students take a limited course schedule,
field trips.                                                 sometimes for credit, in one to three core subjects
                                                            like math, science or writing.
At Idyllwild, there is also one less distraction: cell-
phones, which have unreliable service in the school’s       In addition to traditional academic subjects, many
mountain location about 125 miles southeast of Los          boarding school summer programs offer electives as
Angeles. Some schools restrict the use of screens.          well as sports and physical activities. Other schools
Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School in Wolfe-             have specialized or customized paths. Many offer
boro, N.H., even has a strict no-devices policy, requir-    financial aid.
ing students to write out email messages and hand
them to staff.                                               With its coastal location in St. Petersburg, Fla., Admiral
                                                            Farragut Academy (a military boarding school during
Wolfeboro accepts students ages 10 to 18 for its            the school year) offers two-week, noncredit courses
six-week summer program. The aim is simple: “Make           in marine science as well as aviation and engineering/
a stronger student, no matter how strong you are            STEM/robotics. It has four-week electives in scuba
today,” explains Edward A. Cooper, head of school.          and sailing and six-week credit courses in math and »

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Courses in architecture, business, engineering,
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science. Math courses are always offered. Jessica
Van Curen, the academy’s director of marketing and                    In addition to traditional
communications, notes that science classes are “very
much on demand” and if at least three students re-            academic subjects, many boarding school
quest a class in the six-week program it will be taught.
A survey is conducted after each session to provide
                                                              summer programs offer electives as well
feedback.                                                         as sports and physical activities.
At Idyllwild, students focus on one area of artistic study
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, including visual arts,
filmmaking, fashion design, dance, creative writing and       Boarding school summer programs aren’t just about
theater. Emphasis is placed on preparing kids for col-       academics. They also teach students how to live in a
lege and helping them create a portfolio, finish a short      community and develop the skills that will be needed
film or create a monologue or other audition piece.           to be self-sufficient in college.

The quality of teachers is another draw for boarding         “Our kids learn .… the basic things that you might not
school summer programs. The Hun School, while not a          even consider, like learning to live with roommates
pipeline to Princeton University, hires recent Princeton     and kids from other backgrounds and cultures,” says
grads. Wolfeboro is committed to hiring only experi-         Van Curen.
enced teachers. Idyllwild hires teachers who actually
work in the arts, such as a successful novelist and          “The big thing is it’s a short amount of time,” explains
people with Broadway credits. Its approach to getting        Harrison, “but it’s really impressive to see how quickly
students is very proactive.                                  community builds and how sad kids are to leave.”
How to Pick
   A SUMMER
     CLASS
                    BY BILL O’NEILL

         classroom might seem like the last place you’d    rigor of your high school curriculum,” says Mike Lynch,
         want to spend those precious few weeks of         director of undergraduate admission at Emerson
         summer vacation, but if it’s a college-level      College in Boston, who meets high school students at
         classroom, there might be all kinds of benefits.   Emerson’s summer programs.

“Taking college courses during the summer can be a         “Doing well in a college course can help admission offi-
great way to start to get a feel for the academic expec-   cers begin to answer the question, ‘Is this student ready
tations of a college classroom and can enhance the         for college level work?’” »
A WAY TO EXPLORE NEW GROUND                              be advantageous for high school students. Dollins
                                                         is assistant vice president of enrollment manage-
Summer college courses should be about exploration       ment at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He’s
or enrichment, says Andrew Palumbo, dean of admis-       also worked in admissions at Northern Arizona
sions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in        University and Colorado State.
Massachusetts.
                                                         “It shows hard work and dedication, and that grit
“What we don’t want is students trying to impress the    component is something that a lot of admissions
admissions committee and guess what we’re looking        officers are looking for,” he says.
for,” he says.
                                                         “College has highs and lows during the four years.
Summer college courses won’t make or break admission     Summer courses show they can do college-level
for a student, he says, but having them on your resume   work but also that they’ve challenged themselves
will give admissions officers some insight as to things    and they are motivated. Faculty members love stu-
that are important to you.                               dents who are engaged in the academic
                                                         experience.”
“High school summers are a finite resource. How
students choose to use the summer tells us a little      If it’s an overnight on-campus experience,
bit about that applicant.”                               summer classes can give future college students
                                                         “a confidence boost,” says Palumbo. “One of the
SHOW THAT YOU LOVE A CHALLENGE                           most difficult parts for most college students is
David Dollins agrees that taking college courses can     the transition to a residential experience.

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