Students’ Summer Activities


In today’s competitive college preparatory environment, summertime has become an opportunity for students to learn new skills, follow passions and expand horizons. Guilford ABC encourages these formative and often life-changing experiences, and supports our scholars’ summer activities with modest stipends. The scholars themselves are responsible for researching, locating and completing program applications and organizing fund-raising efforts among family, friends and their local communities. Here’s how and where our scholars will spend their summer:

Freshmen Arianna Alvarez and Leslie Camarena will spend their summers pursuing their interests in science and medicine this summer. Leslie will attend the MEDScience Summer School at Harvard Medical School. This week-long STEM program focuses on medical science and supports Leslie’s goal of becoming a surgeon. Arianna awaits late-spring decisions from three STEM programs based at New York University and City University of New York. These focus on math, meteorology and aerospace and align with Arianna’s goal of a career in physics.

Sophomore Lauren Cyrus is interested in a career in law. She will be attending the 10-day Envision Law & Trial Program at Stanford University. This program provides an academic and career introduction to the field of law and features participation in a mock trial.

Juniors Julia Antwi-Boasiako and T-Jauni Barham plan to hone their language skills and expand their cultural horizons, while earning credit, through programs offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Julia will spend four weeks in Paris, France on a full scholarship, while T-Jauni will travel to Valparaiso, Chile. Both will take classes and live with a local host family while absorbing the surrounding culture and history.

Meanwhile, our graduating senior, Sumaiyah Lee, will be heading to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this fall to major in computer science.

During her senior year at Guilford High School, Sumaiyah was co-captain of the dance team and co-president of the Unity Club. She spent last summer in China, courtesy of the Experiment in International Living, and was able to travel to many cities, immersing herself in the Chinese culture, landmarks and food; while there she was able to live with two different host families, which was her favorite part of the summer. This summer she is hoping to find a job near her home in Cambria Heights, NY to help with college expenses. t