The Summerbridge Experience
For the past three summers, I have volunteered at Summerbridge. During my first year there, I passed out lunches and cleaned up in the office and classrooms. I enjoyed helping out because I felt a strong sense of community. I was already involved in this project, but I wanted to do more. I wasnʼt disappointed when I went back next summer; one of the teachers allowed me to assist him. I watched how he put together his lesson plans, approached his students, and most importantly increased enthusiasm for learning in his classes. I started to develop connections with the kids as I helped them out with questions they had in class. They started to treat me with more respect, and I was completely humbled. I began to take on a bigger role in the classroom by leading mini activities. This was my first experience in realizing the joy I felt in helping others.
This year when I was asked to come back as a teacher, I was thrilled! Summerbridge has been in my life for the past seven years now. It is one of the biggest and greatest life experiences I have had, and I am so excited for it to continue. I have gained so many skills by being a student and volunteer here. I learned how to communicate professionally with adults and administration, and I gained computer skills by creating movies, slideshows, and flyers for events and teachers. The most important idea I have taken from Summerbridge is how important education is, and I have actually decided that I would like to pursue a career in education because of my experience at Summerbridge.