It’s hard to believe that 3 weeks have already gone by here at Summer Discovery Michigan. Our students and staff have had an amazing time both in and out of the classroom, and it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to so many new friends. This week has been just as enjoyable as the last two, but the emotions of looking to the future and not being at U of M together resulted in some sadness as students prepared to depart.
Throughout the week our students have worked countless hours finishing up their presentations, getting ready for final exams, taking SAT/ACT diagnostic exams (and then treated to pizza as they left the testing room), completing art and architecture projects, and preparing for the business and entrepreneurship start-up competition. This afternoon, our students held their heads high as they walked into Mosher-Jordan Hall after the successful completion of their classes.
Outside of the classroom, our students have had many opportunities to enjoy their last week here. For example, a group visited Cupcake Station where each student was able to indulge in delicious gourmet cupcakes. Another group got their final sandwich fix at everyone’s favorite sandwich shop in Michigan: Zingerman’s. Other activities included running around the U of M football field as part of a Big House tour, leaping into foam pits and playing trampoline dodgeball at AirTime, and attempting to escape the room one last time at Clueless Escape Rooms. The final evening for 3-weekers was filled with student’s displaying a wide variety of talent at the Summer Discovery Talent Show, followed by an evening of laughter at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
All in all, the past 3 weeks have brought strangers together to become friends, resulting in fun, laughter, and bonds that will last much longer than their brief time with Summer Discovery. As we head into the upcoming weekend, it’s hard to say goodbye to all of our 3-weekers who are heading home or onto UCLA. We will cherish the memories and photos from the past 3 weeks and remember all the fun and learning this amazing experience has brought. Tomorrow, those departing will either be on their way home or to Chicago. We bid all of you a very fond farewell and we thank you for reading, it has been a time for the ages!