The Benefits of Summer Programs

by Louis Perez

Aside from preventing summertime boredom, summer programs look good on college applications and are a great way for students to explore their interests and meet new people. Three SGHS students shared their experiences being involved in summer programs.

“Overall I had an amazing time at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. At first, I felt out of place but everyone was so nice and we did team building activities which really helped me connect with everyone. I learned how to do some simple coding, and other than that I gained friendships and knowledge that I can use later on in college.” –

Maria Garcia, Senior (Engineering Possibilities in College at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)

How to Apply: Visit to apply online. Applications are due April 15th, 2018.

Requirements: Currently in grades 6-11.

Focus: Engineering fields

“It was a fun experience, I worked with eight other interns from different high schools to make workshops about STEM careers for middle schoolers. We conducted research and got to meet people from the careers we were doing workshops on. Working around STEM-related  activities really helped me in wanting to go into biomedical engineering more than ever.” – Aaron Martinez, Senior

(USC STEM High School Internship)

How to Apply: Join MESA for registration details.

Requirements: Currently in the 11th or 12th grade, in MESA,  and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Focus: STEM

“It was a really fun experience for me, I got to meet a lot of people and make new friends. Everyone there was nice and I got a free box of pizza. I gained a lot of social and communication skills, and I learned some debate techniques that helped me develop my speech skills because I would stutter a lot.” – Evelyne Hernandez, Senior

(LAMDL Summer Debate Institute at USC)

How to Apply: See Mr. Lewis for registration details

Requirements: Currently in grades 9-11 and has joined the debate team. Previous debate experience is NOT needed in order to attend.

Focus: Policy debate