My Fortunate Summer Program
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Last summer was where I met my best friends. I went to a summer program called EXPLO and had the time of my life. The camp was located on the old campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. At this program, I took four classes: political media production, a political science class, lacrosse, and a gender behavior class. The first two classes were the classes that aimed towards what I wanted to do after I graduated college, and the second two classes were for fun and I wanted to do something different from what classes I took during the other four summers that I went to this summer program. The three-week program was plenty of time for me to find friends that I would have never expected that I would have become friends with.
The program was composed mostly of international students from almost every corner of the world. I met people from Bosnia, Spain, Turkey, and Japan, as well as people from Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and other people from Atlanta. Because we were in such a restricted living area, we all became very close very quickly. As I said before, I made life-long friends. One of my best friends also lives in Atlanta and attends Riverwood International Charter School. After we left camp, we drove down to Atlanta together and hung out for an entire week before I actually saw my family. Another one of my friends was from Philadelphia, we were alike personality-wise and we get along so well. My roommate last year was from Spain and had many of her friends attend the camp with her.
During my first year at the camp, I had a Puerto Rican roommate who I became good friends with. During my second year I had a roommate from Rockville, Maryland. Each year, we always have a huge concentration of one specific nationality of international students.
During my first year, there was a group of Brazilians who came from the same school. My second year had a huge concentration of Turkish and Puerto Rican students. My third year had many Spanish students. That made the camp fun for me; I was able to meet many people who I would not have otherwise have met if I had not of gone to that program. I also got to learn some different languages and got to hear different accents. That was an unusual and yet exciting experience.
After classes, we were able to walk around New Haven and hangout at the local shops and then there were late night activities that we were able to do every night. One night there was a hypnotist, another night we went to the movies. For Fourth of July, we went to the waterfront and watched the fireworks. We also had the option to just stay on campus and hang out in our dorms.
Because of the relationships that I developed that summer, it was extremely hard to say goodbye to the people who I lived with for three weeks. I cried as my friends packed their cars and departed the university. I knew that those people made an impact on my life and this was an experience I will not forget.