This past week was filled with many activities. We went to tour Emerson, BU and Harvard. We also went to Castle Island Beach, Taza Chocolate Factory where we had a tour of the factory and sampled their unique chocolates. At the Mapparium we saw their 3D, stained-glass globe depicting the world in the 1930s. After the tour of BU, we walked to Newbury Street and explored some interesting art galleries and shops. We also enjoyed the gym at BU where we rock-climbed, swam and played basketball. On the final night, we went to Ben and Jerry's for ice-cream. We wish everyone luck on their SATs, college essays and a great school year this fall!
- Andrew and Jackie
This past week was the start of Session 3. Besides their SAT & college admissions coursework, our students enjoyed a lot of fun and enriching activities.
On Monday night we went to the Prudential Center, where our students enjoyed some shopping , highlighted by the Eataly Italian market!
Tuesday, we took a tour of MIT. We listened to an info meeting by an admissions officer and saw the campus center, recreation center and classrooms. In the evening, the group went to the Boston University gym, where they have basketball, an indoor pool and workout machines.
On Wednesday, students were given free time in the evening.
On Thursday, we toured Northeastern University, went out for pizza and went to the Isabella Stewart GardnerArt Museum at night.
On Friday evening the group went to the Lawn on D. Students played soccer, ping-pong and enjoyed the live music.
This weekend we are going to the Taza Chocolate Factory for a tour and Tasting followed by a Scavenger Hunt. Tomorrow we will be going to the SOWA Open Market, and the Castle Island Beach!
Pictures from this past week below and in the photos session 3 folder
Sadly, the end of Session 2 is today. We hope everyone stays in touch. To recap, on Thursday the group went on a tour of Harvard followed by a meeting and conversation with Chris Gilbert, a former Abbey Road staff member for the Western Civilization Program and a current dean at Harvard. On Thursday evening, Andrew and Jackie sat in on the college prep class with Sylvia where students were asked sample mock interview questions. The students and Sylvia provided feedback to each other and it was a great learning experience to observe. Last night we had a farewell ice cream treat at Ben and Jerry's on Newbury Street.
We hope all students in College Prep and Young Diplomat's had a great experience and all the best of luck!
On Monday, students had class in the morning followed by an optional visit to Emerson College and an optional Boston Duck Tour. While at Emerson, we sat in on a info meeting, saw a dorm room, a campus newsroom for journalism students, a library and the theatre that the school uses for performances. In the evening, the group went to see a comedy show at Improv Asylum.
On Tuesday, students had class in the morning and afternoon. In the evening, the group went to the movies. Some students saw Baby Driver and others saw Planet of the Apes.
On Wednesday, students had class in the morning and an optional tour of Boston College. In the evening, students had class.
Thursday, students have class in the morning and the group will go on a tour of Harvard University in the afternoon.
Friday is the last day of classes and a optional tour of Northeastern University and Ben and Jerry's ice cream at night.
We had a great weekend here in Boston. Friday night we did a Scavenger Hunt. The winning team was Houston, Ava and Annika. They won a Starbucks gift card! On Saturday, we went to the SOWA Open Market. There were some great food trucks, jewelry, craft vendors and some art galleries. After the SOWA market we went to play Candle Pin Bowling. Candle Pin is different than regular bowling because the balls and the pins are smaller, making it more challenging. For dinner, we got burgers, fries...etc at Tasty Burger.
On Sunday we went to Castle Island Beach in South Boston. It's beautiful there. There are hiking trails, beautiful places to swim and relax. The beach had views of the city and it was a lot of fun. In the evening, the group went to the Lawn on D. At the lawn, the students played ping-pong, soccer and enjoyed the light up swings!
Yesterday, the group went to see Boston University. On the tour, the students saw the campus center, the library, some academic buildings and the bookstore. They sat in on a info meeting with someone from the admissions department who talked about the Boston University, life in boston and the application process. Wednesday night, the group went to see The Museum of Fine Arts, with its mix of contemporary art and classical art and many exhibits. After our classes conclude today we will be a doing a scavanger hunt. Students will be divided into teams and will have to complete questions and various activities throughout our local area in Boston. This weekend, the group will be going to the beach. SOWA open market, The lawn on D and playing Candle Pin Bowling. Attached below and in the session 2 photo gallery are some pictures.
Yesterday, the students had class in the morning. In the afternoon, both groups went to see Tufts. Later in the evening, the group went to the Boston Commons park and played soccer, had snacks and walked around the public gardens.
Today, a few of our students elected to see MIT. Tonight the group will go to the Museum of Fine Arts.
All students arrived yesterday. We had a group orientation meeting, where we ordered some pizza and discussed the rules, the schedule and went over a map of Boston. The Students had their first morning and afternoon class today. Later tonight, the group is going to Faneuil Hall. It is a fun area with shops, food venders and live entertainment. The photo above is a group shot of our two groups: Young Diplomat and College Prep group. The photo below is the group tonight at Faneuil Hall.
Students had their last SAT class yesterday. After lunch, some students went to MIT for the afternoon. They sat in on a information session and looked around the campus and recreation center, engineering library and various science labs.
Ben and Jerry's
Later in the evening, the group had a final night ice crem night at Ben and Jerry's on Newbury St. Departure
Students were sad to go this morning and we all hope to stay in touch! Good luck on your SAT's and college application's.
The students had their SAT class this morning and the tutor was happy to report that almost all of our students have seen a 100+ increase in their scores since the beginning of the course.
The group then walked around Cambridge before a tour of Harvard. During the tour, we learned about some of the historical elements at Harvard and walked around the campus. After the tour, the group met with Chris Gilbert, a dean at Harvard and a former Abbey Road staff member. Chris talked about the college application process and shared some insight from his experience at Harvard. Later, the students had their college prep course.
Tomorrow, the group is off to see MIT and Ben and Jerrys at night.
Check out the photo gallery for more pictures.