Summer Bridge is set up to gain new or refine study skills and social skills that will lead to a successful college experience. First of all, students will be able to get to know upperclass students (who serve as mentors), faculty, and staff on an individual and personal level before the school year begins. Summer Bridge touches on all of the important aspects of college life:
Students will be able to experience what a first year college course is like by taking a Humanities course. In this class, students will learn how to think and speak critically about the topic at hand. They will be able to learn what the expectations are when writing a college paper.
Study and time management skills are the most important pieces to a positive college experience. During Summer Bridge students will learn effective study and time management skills as well as ways to maintain a balanced life in college. This includes learning about the vast array of services and resources to use.
The most memorable piece to college is the people, mentors and friends. Summer Bridge offers a chance to meet other students both first year and upperclassmen and women. Some of these students have experienced the First Year Development Program themselves and are willing to share their words of wisdom. Along with that, students will learn about the Duluth area by experiencing may of the unique offerings Duluth has--the lake walk and sandy beaches, trails, specialty shops and a strong and supportive community.