The Yellow Brick Road to Your Dreams or How to Spend Your Summer

It’s so exciting to see our students leave for the summer. From California to Rhode Island, our students pursue their passions, whether they be coding in Java, econometrics, public speaking, or American musical theater. It’s our biggest and most diverse summer yet, and I want to share with you what it looks like.

A lot of people think that summer programs are only suitable for students trying to develop their resume before applying to college, but nothing could be further from the truth: it’s never too early to explore your interests. One of our students — at ten years old — is taking part in a program for young artists in California, which we hope will inspire her for the rest of her life. She’ll learn to spin pottery, pain in watercolor, and experiment in ways that traditional art class would not allow her to.

Another one of our students is a fearless high school student from Vienna — a woman in STEM! She’ll be spending three weeks at Brown this summer learning about Applied Linear Algebra, which will not only allow her to get ahead in class, but also to think about the subject in such a way that she’ll be able to excel in all of her future mathematical endeavors. I’m personally most excited for a student of ours taking the all-summer-long Engineering Experience course at Cornell, where he’ll take classes in his favorite subject (math), in addition to applying his knowledge to classes in engineering — while learning from a top Cornell professor. For college credit, of course!

We have (literally!) dozens of such students, and the range could not be greater. Some of our students are focusing on honing their English skills, while others are learning to be fashion designers. Some are working on becoming better debaters, while others are trying their hand at fashion design. Some are finishing high school, while others are finishing third grade. But they’re all interested in developing their skills in a particular area.

What particular area? That’s up to them. Of course, many students come to the United States for the summer to work on their English — but if they’re confident in their English skills already, they come to the United States to learn about their favorite subjects at the world’s top universities and boarding schools. Others still work on “soft skills” (e.g. public speaking, debating, and writing) from leading instructors.

There’s no limit to what you can do over the summer in the United States — and there’s no limit to when you can start! P.S. Special thanks to Leora Eisenberg for helping me craft this piece P.P.S. Photo credit: Leora Eisenberg