Aviation High School junior Lauren Crom is making a big step toward her college dreams after being accepted into the Stanford Summer Session, a program that allows high school and college students to take part in undergraduate classes at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California over the summer.
“The program is called Stanford Summer Session,” said Crom, “During Stanford Summer Session, both high school students and undergraduate students attending other universities have the opportunity to enroll in Stanford’s selection of undergraduate classes. The session lasts for 8 weeks (the typical length of a summer quarter) beginning in mid June and concluding in mid August.”
There are many opportunities for high school students to get a college boost over the summer, teens just need to seek them out. There are countless resources online waiting to be discovered.
“Last year, I was browsing through the Internet, and stumbled upon a discussion thread regarding elite summer programs that high school students can participate in,” said Crom. “I knew I wanted to spend a summer outside of Washington, and I couldn’t think of a better location to both study and relax than in Palo Alto.”
This program has the potential to open up many opportunities for its attendees in relation to the university and the different programs it offers to students.
“When I toured Stanford as a sophomore, I walked through their astrophysics department and had the opportunity to converse with their leading Dark Matter researcher,” said Crom. “She also worked at SLAC [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center] before beginning her professor position at Stanford. That’s what I’m most looking forward to during my stay at Stanford: walking through the halls and shaking hands with the leading intellectuals in the field of science.”
Students interested in participating in the Stanford Summer Session are put through an application process just like any other traditional student applying to Stanford.
“The application process was similar to a college application,” said Crom, “you had to disclose to the admissions officers either an ACT or SAT score, mail a transcript, secure a recommendation (thank you, Mr. McComb!), write an essay, and detail extracurricular activities.”
The program is more than just an educational opportunity for Crom, it also has the potential to help her make important college decisions in her upcoming senior year.
“Stanford, given its reputation and its location, is definitely high on the list of schools that I will apply to,” said Crom. “My decision will be solidified this summer, as I will have spent 8 weeks as a Stanford student.”
Aviation High School has helped Crom develop many of the skills that will likely help her in the future in college and beyond.
“There are numerous things that I hope to gain from participating in Stanford Summer Session,” said Crom. “However, if someone had asked me what I hoped to gain from attending AHS, I would have simply said ‘a better education than my local high school would offer.’ But I have gained so much more than just an education; I’ve gained the ability to communicate, to manage people, to budget time, to market myself. I’ve gained confidence and reassurance, and optimism towards what the future will bring.”