Monday, July 7, 2014 - 13:45

High School Students Experience College Life in Summer Program

Students from California, Montana, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands Engage with College Faculty in Lectures on Politics, Literature and More

High school students from California to New England and from Montana to Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands were at Assumption College June 22-27, 2014, to experience the breadth of a liberal arts education in a college setting.

For five days, both on campus and through visits to Boston, the students were exposed to college-level lectures on philosophy, politics, literature, art history and theology—taught by Assumption faculty. They also engaged in discussions facilitated by Assumption alumni, who acted as teaching assistants, about ancient Greece and Rome and how the two have influenced the United States and the modern world. Their lessons were supplemented by a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. To complete the “college immersion” experience, the students lived in the Assumption residence halls, supervised by Assumption students.

This 3rd annual, selective pre-college experience allowed teens to bridge the gap between being high school students and living as college students. Due to the generosity of an Assumption College donor, the program only cost $200.

“Assumption College believes that the liberal arts are essential to understanding the world we live in, and understanding is the first step towards developing a better society,” said Professor Geoffrey Vaughan, director of the college’s Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program and the summer program’s organizer. “This pre-college experience is a unique opportunity for high school students to explore some of the different facets of a liberal arts education. They will see how the disciplines are integrated, and this will light the way for them throughout their academic careers.”

Jose Garcia, 17, lives in Los Angeles, Calif. He heard about Assumption through U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings guide. After browsing Assumption’s website, he came across information about the summer program and decided to apply.

“I want to go to college on the East Coast and major in political science,” he said. “I thought Assumption’s program would be a great opportunity to learn about political science and history on a college campus. Plus, Assumption’s campus is really nice.”

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., resident Brandon Wummer, 17, said: “I’m looking forward to learning more about history through the Assumption program.”

Emily Isakson, 17, of Worcester, heard about the summer program through her guidance counselor.

“I’m interested in western civilization,” she said. “So this experience offers a great opportunity for me to explore the subject more before college. I’m really excited to be here at Assumption College.”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews