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Maximize Your Creativity: Joy

January 31, 2018

Joy is something special. It's too lively to be confused with simple contentment. With roots deeper than your current circumstances, it's more than happiness. Joy is finding something that makes your heart sing.

One of our goals each summer is to experience the joy of discovery. That joy can take many forms: Deepening your understanding of a subject. Fixing a particularly stubborn problem. Creating something unexpectedly beautiful or useful or innovative. Connecting with a new friend. Or even discovering something about yourself!

Every summer our students share comments and feedback about their summer. Here are some times that they've mentioned joyful discovery. (Note: These comments are from anonymous surveys, so they aren't necessarily to be attributed to the people in the accompanying photos.)

Three eighth grade girls being their fun selves on their way across campus.
"I have more self-confidence than I could have imagined... 
I wasn't afraid to be myself and I started doing things I normally wouldn't do 
around others like singing randomly or putting myself out there. 
When I go back home I will have a new source of energy." -- Exp15 Student


Six middle school students stand proudly over plants they tended while learning about sustainable agriculture.

"I really enjoy working in the greenhouse. I would love to try that
again at home." -- Exp16 Student

One of the best middle school dances ever.
"I found it surprising how much I enjoyed socializing, even the Dance!
I thought I would like to sit in the corner and read at free time, or at the
Dance, but I loved talking to people and experiencing new things!
Laughter is infectious, and so is Friendship." -- Exp17 Student


Three students beam with pride over their collaborative group architecture project
"If I put my mind to it, I can achieve any project that comes my way."
-- Exp16 Student


A student band sings for family and faculty in the library
"It was a great experience being a leader... Being [a band manager]
made me realize how much work is put into every little thing."
-- Exp16 Student


Four students work on an impromtu project during a group meeting.
"Usually I am a very stubborn and strong willed person, but this summer
I discovered that if I tried I was flexible and could work well with others!"
-- Exp17 Student


Two eighth grade boys play soccer during the afternoon co-curricular time.
"I learned that I am actually really good at managing my free time."
-- Exp17 Student


Students present an electronic carnival game they built and programmed themselves.
"I learned how much I like to run things in group projects back
at home, and how I can be more effective as a group member
if I follow the terms and process we learned in class."
-- Exp15 Student


Here's to many more joyful discoveries this summer! 

Like many of the best things in life, you can't plan or schedule joy. But you can carve out opportunities for potential discovery, and the different parts of our program each aim at that in their own way. To learn more about those parts, visit our Experience page.

For an extended student perspective, read student Natasha's reflection on her personal growth.

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