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Alumni Profile: Kaylynn Polley

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Alumni Profile: Kaylynn Polley Rocky Hill School ’17 University of Rhode Island ’22 Dartmouth: Entrepreneurship and the Environment, 2016 What was the most memorable or impactful part of your Sustainable Summer experience? How do you apply your experience to your life now? I participated in Sustainable Summer during the summer of 2016 and although my experience… Read More

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Alumni Profile: Nicole Radlauer

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Alumni Profile: Nicole Radlauer Irvington High School in Irvington, NY Reed College 2023 Seeds of Change: Ecuador, 2016 Bridge to the Future: Costa Rica, 2018 What was the most memorable or impactful part of your Sustainable Summer experience? I often think back to my experience meeting and hearing the life story of Daniel Vega, an… Read More

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Program Guide to Brooklyn: A Student Perspective

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Hi, I’m Hannah! I spent last summer with Sustainable Summer, both in Brooklyn, NY and Costa Rica. I chose these two programs for the incredibly different learning opportunities they offer, and for perspectives on both urban and rural sustainability initiatives. Here’s my take on Brooklyn! So, what is the Brooklyn program all about? The Sustainable… Read More

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Program Guide to Dartmouth: A Student Perspective

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Hi, I’m Watts! I participated in Sustainable Summer in 2019, at Dartmouth for the program Entrepreneurship and the Environment. I live in Colorado, but I’m graduating high school this spring, and then I’ll be heading to Connecticut for college. I’m going to Yale to study Environmental Engineering and Economics. My participation in Sustainable Summer helped… Read More

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What’s Your Sustainability Superpower?

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What’s your sustainability superpower? This is one of the questions we ask as part of our admissions process (along with what’s your kryptonite). It’s a fun question that helps us understand what motivates someone to “act sustainably,” which is a useful barometer to gauge a student’s interest in and readiness for our program. So, we… Read More

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New Year. New Website. New Ways of Thinking About Sustainability.

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Caption: The author lounging outside our residence hall at Dartmouth during one of the few quiet moments of the summer. One of my earliest permaculture instructors, Javier Carrera, thought relaxing in a hammock was the epitome of luxury. I have spent a great deal of time over the past four months rebuilding the Sustainable Summer… Read More

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Sustainable Summer and RYEP | Global Education and Citizenship

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  A “global citizen” is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community, and whose actions contribute to building global values and practices. Frugality, integrity, humility, and cultural awareness guide our mission in creating the next generation of environmental leaders and responsible global citizens. You may know Sustainable Summer for bringing together… Read More

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What To Look For In A Pre-College Summer Program

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The pre-college field is about three decades old. It has matured, more or less, alongside other services that developed largely as a consequence of the growing competitiveness of college admissions. There was a time, not too long ago, when applying to college was a pretty straightforward process. Taking the SAT was something you simply showed… Read More

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The Common App Essay: Tips for Sustainability and Environmentally-Themed Applications

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In a companion post, I reviewed the college admissions process from the perspective of a sustainability-themed applicant. I broke down the five different components of a college application in the context of admissions, both broadly speaking and for those emphasizing an environmental focus in their application. In this article, I will take a detailed look… Read More

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Forming the Ultimate College List

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This post is a companion article to another I’ve written on the topic of college admissions for the environmentally-themed application. The first step in the college process is, of course, choosing where to apply. Beginning your late-sophomore year and definitely by your junior year, you should definitely have a working college list. There are many… Read More

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