Summer Bridge term in Boston | US Pathway Program (USPP)

Summer Bridge term in Boston | US Pathway Program (USPP)

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


The Summer Bridge program is the third phase of USPP and I see it as the most important part of the program for the students After learning in their home countries for
the fall and spring terms, students come to an American university, Northeastern University,
to put into practice everything that they have learned about being a student in an American
education system It bridges the gap between life when they’re
in their home country and the life that they’re going to have in the United States You can have one summer condensed to actually
learn about the culture, the education system, and basically what to expect when you go into
your university The design of the USPP Summer Bridge program
is to allow the students to adjust to life in an American university This of course means academically, being in
the American classroom, interacting with professors, being in groups, presentations I’m taking College Writing, Music of the USA,
Macroeconomics, Exploring America The teachers are really helpful, the learning
process is extremely engaging, lots of question-asking, lots of discussions They have really great small class sizes,
15-19 students If they were in their home countries they’d
be sitting in a room with 200 to 2,000 students It also is a cultural adjustment as students
are fully immersed in life in the United States for the first time understanding our culture here, our local
slang, how to navigate an American city The Summer Bridge is a really nice way
to explore America, to explore Boston Having the Summer Bridge in the United States
is extremely important because for many of our students it’s their
first time in the United States and their very first time experiencing a real American
classroom environment In addition to being an historic city Boston
is a hub for learning There are many colleges and universities located
in the city And 25% of the city’s population are comprised
of students just like our USPP students Many of these students are international students so USPP students find themselves at home surrounded
by many like-minded people who are here seeking a degree in the United States What I love about working with USPP students
is that they are so motivated and goal-oriented It’s a huge challenge for them and they never
lose focus They are motivated and excited and despite their busy schedules I see them with smiles on their faces As they adjust not just academically I see a real
cultural change in the students in the way that they carry themselves,
their confidence in navigating a US campus, the friends that they make It always impresses me and it really gives
me a great level of satisfaction in what I do