The Summerbridge Experience
My first year in Summerbridge I believe the theme was “Tribes”. I was on tribe JAJA and our main color was blue. I remember the bus rides because we had a short bus since only a few students from Easton attended Summerbridge but the bus was air conditioned so that was a plus! On the bus, I remember we used to be on our Nintendo DS’ racing each other in Mario Kart to and from Summerbridge. We often cracked jokes to one another which left everyone in tears (from laughter!).
I remember every Friday (I think) we had a shorter “school day” and we went to Moravian High school for the pool and to play sports (Unless you had YO which was no fun!). I remember a whole list of games such as Summerbridge Soccer (my ALL-TIME favorite game), dodgeball, and kickball. This reminds me, one Friday a group of us were playing kickball. The teams were neck-and-neck and the buses were starting to arrive to take us home. It was my team’s last kick and we only had someone on third, Laura I believe. The person kicked the ball and all I remember is Laura about to touch home plate but she tripped right before touching it. Josh came over and tagged her with the ball, ending the game. I have never laughed so hard in my life. The intensity of the game in that last minute and how it ended made everyone cry from laughing.
That year there was a competitive bunch like Jess, Laura, Eddy, Dan, Emerson, Meghan, Courtney H., Courtney T., Desiree and many more! That year I learned how to search up scholarly articles on Google from Aly and learned new math equations from Jen. That year I remember Courtney T. and I were “stuck” in American Dance class but it ended up being the most interesting class. That year also contained the most intense gym class ever. I remember we used to go CRAZY in dodgeball. I remember this one time someone (I think Courtney the teacher) got someone out and began celebrating but was hit by a ball shortly after and we all started dying of laughter. Oh, who can’t forget how everyone tried avoiding Steph P. and her crazy throws! Gosh, I miss that gym class.
My second year was the year of the 2010 World Cup! The teams were based off of this and my team was Argentina. I remember the first week they announced students of the week and it was Hannah S. and I who received the award. What was funny was we sat right next to each other at the time of the announcement and we were both from Argentina which gave our team more points. Again, 99% of the Summerbridge students were extremely competitive so points meant the world to everyone! Everything was a competition. Even when Irene came around with the extra food, tables would compete to see who would get the most food. One time my table dared Desiree to eat a packet of mayonnaise. She did but her reaction was priceless. Summerbridge was nuts and I LOVED it.
That year I had Josh again but this time for history. Josh’s class was very interesting and it was very active which I enjoyed. That year I also met one of my favorite teachers, Kim! Kim is such a lively and funny person. I remember we read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and I was Lysander and Puck. Kim made the class very enjoyable, even to those who were not interested in theater. Kim is also very gullible. We were leaving the Iron Pigs trip and I found this empty lemonade bottle. I grabbed a new straw and pretended to drink the lemonade. I told Kim I drank from a random bottle and she began to freak out! I told her I did not feel good and since everyone else was in on the act, it made it more realistic that something was happening to me. I eventually told her I was joking and we all began to laugh. This is getting pretty lengthy, so I’ll start wrapping it up.
I remember the Olympics and all those crazy games they created. I remember the “Invisible Maze” game and how aggravating it was. I also remember the game “Garbage Clean Up” (I think) and how we had to throw the balls to the other side trying to have the least amount of balls on your side at the end of the time. I also remember Celebration: the most emotional night for the graduating class. My first celebration I remember I told myself “I REALLY would love to be an MC”. The following year, when we nominated and voted for MCs, I was chosen as one! I was thrilled to be an MC with Meghan and Jose. I remember one skit I was a lion and how I chased off Dan (teacher), I believe, and how funny the entire skit was. Being an MC was one of my favorite parts of Summerbridge. I have a ton of more memories but there is no possible way I could type them all up. I also cannot recall many of the teachers’ names anymore which upsets me because I used to be very close to a majority of them! Regardless, you (the teachers) and you (the students) have impacted my life in such a positive way and you have filled this brain of mine with many memories that I will cherish forever and I thank you all for that. Summerbridge Family!
Since I graduated from Summerbridge...
Next year, I will be in charge of the annual Easton Thanksgiving Bonfire, prom, graduation, and the senior picnic. DECA has also impacted my life. DECA is a business organization that prepares emerging leaders in business, such as finance and management, and networking. I have been a two-time Easton DECA Chapter Vice President and I will also be a two-time Easton DECA Chapter President. DECA allows me to travel the country and compete in conferences. Including next year, I will have been to the Hershey Lodge four times, California (Anaheim) once, Washington D.C. once, Georgia (Atlanta) once, and Florida (Orlando) once.
Besides holding an officer position in student council and DECA, I am the Vice President of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society at Easton and I am the treasurer of the Key Club. I have been an active member of Easton’s Youth Group for four years now and an active member of Easton’s Musical Theater for three years now (Shout out to Kim who’s a theater geek and who became one of my favorite teachers at Summerbridge :D ). To those who remember, I was a huge fan of Summerbridge Soccer. I continue to play soccer, this fall being my 12th year playing the sport!
How Has Summerbridge Helped You in Your Life?
I am currently in the top 4% of my class (28 out of approximately 660 students). Summerbridge installed what I call an “internal motivator” in me. Ever since I graduated from Summerbridge, I am a motivated and determined individual. Not only did my academic career skyrocket, I became a much better public speaker, I learned to network with professionals, and I learned to value opportunities. All those times in writing class where you had to annotate (or make a sticky note) actually comes in handy! All those times in math class where you had to remember those “equations we will never use in life”, well guess what, you actually do! Summerbridge DOES prepare you for the high school. Summerbridge DOES prepare you for the future. Most importantly, Summerbridge DOES prepare you for the real world. Remember the word “networking” I kept mentioning earlier? Networking is forming a relationship with individuals who could potential offer you a job in the future or be a great person to receive a recommendation letter from. I still stay in contact with the fellow students I met in Summerbridge. Often times, we always bring up a memory which would spiral into other memories. Therefore, make sure to befriend and stay in contact with your fellow peers and teachers after you graduate because they could be a great “go-to person” in the future. Most students do not realize Summerbridge is an opportunity a lot of people never got nor will get. Summerbridge should be taken as a life changing event because it is! Summerbridge changed my life and hopefully it will continue to change others.