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Abbey Road Programs Heidi Y. Heidi Y. Aix-en-Provence 2010"Not only did I vastly improve my French and make a few life-long friends, but I learned to stop. An act that would be considered so elementary, so simple, and yet, it’s practically foreign to the American people. We’re fast-paced, we move constantly, and it seems that if you stop to take a breath, even for a moment, you’ll be lost. Of course, it’s effortless to stop and enjoy the moment when you’re sitting on the edge of a gorgeous fountain…"

As soon as I stepped onto the charter bus blasting French techno music, I knew this was going to be an experience I’d never forget. Looking out the window at the countryside full of sunflowers and lavender, it’s easy to drift away. To slow down, as so many of the French people are known for. Not only did I vastly improve my French and make a few life-long friends, but I learned to stop. An act that would be considered so elementary, so simple, and yet, it’s practically foreign to the American people. We’re fast-paced, we move constantly, and it seems that if you stop to take a breath, even for a moment, you’ll be lost. Of course, it’s effortless to stop and enjoy the moment when you’re sitting on the edge of a gorgeous fountain eating Callison ( a specialty in Aix) or laying down in the garden of a striking old mansion watching the stars, or even browsing through the Marche aux Puces on Saturday morning talking with the locals. But here, sitting in front of my computer at home, or laying down in front of the TV after a few hours of tireless homework, it’s a little harder to stop. To slow down. To savor. Savor like we used to savor the pain au chocolate in the morning, or how it was almost impossible to take a bite of a homemade crepe without closing your eyes and letting out a blissful "mmm".

My trip to Aix has helped me in so many ways. From the first time I walked into French class this year and everyone’s jaw dropped as I had an effortless conversation with the teacher. Or being able to stop and look at the beautiful champs au lavande and pinpoint just the right artful moment to take a snapshot of, one of the many skills I learned in my digital photography class, taught by a wonderful local photographer. And, if it’s not these things that I took away from the entire experience, it’s the memories. Of going to cafés late in the day with friends, sitting, laughing, enjoying everything around us, of playing soccer in the park with a few children from the area, of walking into a crowded restaurant and screaming with everyone as we watched the World Cup, or even waking up every morning to the sound of an Opera singer belting it out across the apartment complex (of course, I look back more fondly on that now). If not for anything else, that’s what makes it all worth it. The little moments. The moments where you slow down. The moments that become unforgettable.

Abbey Road Programs Charley G. Charley G. Western Civilization 2010"One fantastic thing that Western Civ was able to do was cater to everyone’s individual interests. Some people went on the trip to see the sights, and see them they did: from the Acropolis to the Duomo to l’Arc de Triomphe, each city we went to was chock full of tours of incredible places of interest. Others came to learn about the story of Western Civilization; for them, we had nightly readings and discussions about Hellenistic art, Renaissance philosophy, and everything in between. And a few people just came to have some fun; the trips to the beach…"

The prospect of writing this essay is a bit daunting. There are so many aspects of my trip that deserve mention, but communicating the experiences in a manner that does them justice is a task I’m not sure I’m up for. After all, how do you explain the friendships made, the things learned, the growth and the maturation to anyone who didn’t have the same adventure? Is it enough to list your favorite activities and most vivid memories? Does that not leave out the amazing emotions of my Abbey Road experience? I don’t know. I hope I can capture the feeling I get when I daydream about wandering through the Louvre, or gazing at the Sistine Chapel, but if I can’t, please at least understand that this trip was something extremely special for me.

A lot of the great parts of Western Civ had nothing to do with the teaching, the excursions, or the curriculum. To be sure, the lessons were fantastic - both informative and riveting. However, it was the people that made the experience. Walking around Paris trying to find food that everyone liked, or getting along with roommates who weren’t always quite as interested in making the room livable as you were, these were the times that true growth happened. What my instructors did was not so much create the adventure - they simply fostered an environment that let us make our own memories. By making our trip conducive to fun, education, and maturation, my teachers helped me create an experience that I will not soon forget.

One fantastic thing that Western Civ was able to do was cater to everyone’s individual interests. Some people went on the trip to see the sights, and see them they did: from the Acropolis to the Duomo to l’Arc de Triomphe, each city we went to was chock full of tours of incredible places of interest. Others came to learn about the story of Western Civilization; for them, we had nightly readings and discussions about Hellenistic art, Renaissance philosophy, and everything in between. And a few people just came to have some fun; the trips to the beach and the Discotheque (a place way cooler than the name makes it sound) were enough excitement to satiate everyone. However, Western Civ wasn’t just about making everyone comfortable. The teachers pushed us, whether that meant offering our own opinion in our weekly symposiums or trying the food that we never thought we would, and in so doing, made us learn more about ourselves.

Of course, Western Civilization was about more than a good time - it was about sharing a life experience with 23 other individuals. We began as strangers, and ended (mostly) as friends. I thank Abbey Road for everything my four weeks in Europe had to offer. Though there were ups and downs, they all contributed to a journey that will forever define my summer and be a part of the experiences of my youth. Thank you so much.

Abbey Road Programs Alexis R. Alexis R. Cadiz Two Week Homestay 2010"Going into the program, I thought of the class as something I would simply have to put up with in exchange for my time in Spain. But from the very first class, I was impressed by how fun and interactive it was. Our teacher Raquel spoke clearly about interesting topics and got us involved in the everyday life of Cadiz…It’s a lot easier waking up for school in the morning when you know you have that to look forward to… "

I would say that my time in Spain went by like a dream. Looking back, it feels fleeting - like it never happened. At first, I thought this was a little disturbing because, after all, it did happen. But eventually I came to terms with this because now I can always remember Spain as something beautiful.

Almost from the start, I knew Abbey Road was a good choice. As early as the airport we saw several other group programs that were panicking and herding their kids, but Abbey Road kept us all together while allowing us enough freedom to explore on our own. Throughout the program, they continually gave us options on how to spend our time. Even though we were allowed to freely roam Old Cadiz, I never once felt unsafe; the city is perfect for foreigners trying to get a feel for Spanish life without the threat of theft or other annoyances. For the most part, we were treated as adults, and it was much appreciated.

I enjoyed my Spanish language class much more than I thought I would. Going into the program, I thought of the class as something I would simply have to put up with in exchange for my time in Spain. But from the very first class, I was impressed by how fun and interactive it was. Our teacher Raquel spoke clearly about interesting topics and got us involved in the everyday life of Cadiz. Our daily trips to the market or La Caleta or other various parts of town were both educational and enjoyable. It’s a lot easier waking up for school in the morning when you know you have that to look forward to.

My home stay family was wonderful. They were the cutest couple and the mother was so talkative, so it was easy to pick up Spanish from her. They were welcoming, trusting, and respectful of our boundaries. They would show us around town and introduced us to their family and friends, all of whom were just as open as our family. If anything was disappointing about my home-stay experience, it would be that I didn’t get more time with them.

But by far, the best thing about Spain was the people. From the staff to the Spaniards to the friends I made, everyone was unforgettable. The staff, especially the assistants, were so down to earth and fun on an individual level. They would give us tips on everything from where to get the best food to where to find the best local hangouts. The Spaniards themselves were often very understanding of our sometimes lacking Spanish. Despite communication barriers, most people were receptive to our questions and tried to help us understand Andalusian culture. My favorite people were all my friends on the trip. It’s amazing how you can know someone for two weeks and be so close. By the end of the trip, everyone had become a sort of family away from home. The hardest part about leaving Spain was most definitely leaving the people.

Even though I’m back to everyday life again, I can still look back fondly on my Spanish dream. When I got home, someone asked me if I would do the trip again. I said “yes” without hesitation.

Abbey Road Programs Spencer F. Spencer F. Cadiz Four Week Homestay 2010"[During my month in Cadiz,] I stayed with a Spanish family, which might have been one of the most cultural experiences of my life. Our Señora was hospitable, welcoming and made sure that we not only tried every type of Spanish food under the Andalusian sun, but also made enough to feed all of Cadiz. Each morning, we would wake up and go to our morning Spanish class…"

This summer, I spent four weeks in Cadiz, Spain with Abbey Road. Cadiz is a small but extremely cultural city located in the south of Spain on the beach. When I got to JFK, I was greeted by staff members that were nothing but excited to get on the plane and go to Spain! I knew that I was in the right hands.

I stayed with a Spanish family, which might have been one of the most cultural experiences of my life. Our Señora was hospitable, welcoming and made sure that we not only tried every type of Spanish food under the Andalusian sun, but also made enough to feed all of Cadiz. Each morning, we would wake up and go to our morning Spanish class, where we learned how to speak proper grammatical Spanish as well as conversational and colloquial Spanish. During the afternoon, we had time on our own to hit up the beach, (which was a two minute walk from our house), eat lunch with our families and then maybe enjoy a coffee and croissant in a Spanish café with a group of friends. On the days that we didn’t have our electives (where I learned how to take and edit pictures,) we would spend our late afternoons doing a local activity with the group, like going to the top of the church tower to see a great panoramic view of Cadiz, or learning how to cook like a Spaniard in an authentic Spanish restaurant. Whatever the activities were, we always had the option of signing up for a variety of options each morning, so that if one option does not interest you, the other one most likely will. At night after eating enough delicious Spanish food with our family, we had a decent amount of time on our own where we would go improve our Spanish listening skills by going to the movies, eating ice cream in a square with friends or going to a local tea house where you can sit in a lounge like environment drinking an assortment of local and imported teas.

This summer with Abbey Road was like no other. I met friends that I still continue to talk to and visit, I experienced a different culture in first person, I tasted delicious foods I had never even heard of and the best thing was that unfortunately no one else can experience, I witnessed Spain winning the world cup on live screens and watched as every single Spaniard celebrated their victory for weeks after. I was even on local Spanish television, three times! This summer was an amazing experience that I will never forget and I have Abbey Road to thank for that!

Abbey Road Programs Emma H. Emma H. College Prep 2010"It goes without saying that the majority of students approaching the fall semester of their senior year typically experience high anxiety with regard to college applications. This was especially true for me, and already by the end of my junior year a considerable amount of worry around admissions had set in. For this reason, I began to search…"

Being an explorer and adventuress at heart, I have embarked on many different summer programs throughout my years. The spectrum of these ranges from strictly living out of a hiking back pack for two weeks in the North West to residing in a French dorm with the goal of foreign immersion. While all of these trips have been rewarding and well worth my time in their own ways, my latest journey to Boston for the Abbey Road College Prep Course was incredibly fulfilling for the particular time in my life that it came.

It goes without saying that the majority of students approaching the fall semester of their senior year typically experience high anxiety with regard to college applications. This was especially true for me, and already by the end of my junior year a considerable amount of worry around admissions had set in.

For this reason, I began to search for a way to receive adequate SAT preparation, information about colleges, and assistance with the application process. After completing my session with Abbey Road College Prep, I can honestly say that I believe it to have been among the most effective and fun ways to complete all of those challenging tasks.

Immediately I appreciated the accommodating and caring staff that was always striving to ensure an enjoyable experience for students. In this way, I was very pleased with the balance between structured activities, time for work, and time for play. Therefore, while students felt comfortably chaperoned, there was still plenty of time for ‘free time’, during which students could explore the city, complete assignments, or simply relax with friends! This balance also held true in regard to the excursions. As a program, we were able to enjoy many outings, including a tour on the Duck Adventures Boat, an afternoon at Quincy Market, an outing at Revere Beach, and my personal favorite, a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art.

However, these alone did not fulfill the purpose of my attendance; it was only in conjunction with the academics that the program thrived.

As previously stated, the SAT preparation was a significant factor in my coming to Abbey Road. Initially, I was nervous that fitting the entire Princeton Review course into two weeks may not have been effective. That prejudgment could not have been further from the truth! Our Princeton Review professor was extremely thorough, continually dedicated to ensuring students’ comprehension of the material and to helping the students succeed. In fact, I would say the two-week course, compared to a longer school year or summer course, ended up as the most effective way for me to prepare for the SAT.

In addition to the excellent test taking preparation, the Admissions Prep Writing Elective was outstanding as well. With all of the stress surrounding college for the students, having a staff member so highly experienced and informed in the college search process was a key anxiety-reducing factor of the program. Through activities such as constructing a “Must Haves & Deal Breakers” list, drafting a résumé, and brainstorming essay topics, the writing elective course teacher effectively broke down the massive amounts of information about the college search, prepared students for all that goes into an application, and finally assisted in fine tuning each student’s application essays.

Leaving Boston I had the peace of mind regarding my application essays, a more defined list of colleges that interested me, and a clear path to follow to my next SAT and to complete my application process. Not to mention, I left the program having made friends with students from all over the nation that I continue to keep in touch with as we journey through the remainder of the application process. In these ways, the Abbey Road Program met all of my needs pertaining to my college search, and I could not be more satisfied with the results that Abbey Road helped me achieve!

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2010 ABBEY ROAD ALUMNI REUNION EVENT
Abbey Road’s 2010 Alumni Reunion was held at New York’s Bryant Park on December 4th, 2010. Alumni from Abbey Road’s Cádiz Homestay, Florence Residence, French, Western Civilization and College Prep Programs along with summer programs staff enjoyed holiday ice skating at The Pond and received holiday gift bags courtesy of Abbey Road. Click here to see photos from this event!
Abbey Road Programs 2010 Alumni Reunion
GET YOUR OFFICIAL SUMMER 2010 ABBEY ROAD ALUMNI T-SHIRT!
Did you miss the 2010 Alumni Reunion? It’s OK, Abbey Road will mail you your 2010 Alumni t-shirt as our gift to you! To request your 2010 alumni t-shirt please send an e-mail no later than January 15th 2011* with “Alumni T-Shirt” as the subject line to: emily@goabbeyroad.com and include the following information:
- Full Name and phone number
- Summer 2010 Abbey Road Program
- Current Mailing Address
- Preferred Unisex T-Shirt Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
* For all requests received by January 15th, 2011, t-shirts will be mailed by January 31st, 2011 at no cost to the student. For any request made after January 15th, please expect a 3-4 week delay and charge of $15.95 payable via check to Abbey Road Programs.
Abbey Road Programs 2010 Alumni Reunion
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