This was my second year at Student U. Each summer I go to Student U and am taught by really fun and really smart college students. During the school year, I get to keep working with the same college students. They help me make sure that I can do really well in school.
This summer in science class at Student U, we did a lot of things hands-on. One of my favorite things we did in Ms. Laura’s class this summer was looking at and touching a cow heart when we were learning how our hearts work. We learned a lot of different things about the body — when we were studying the senses, we made a model of how an image looks inside your eye. Because of how light comes in through your pupil, the image gets flipped upside down. Somehow the brain knows to flip what you’re seeing right side up again! Now whenever I’m upside down, I always think about how inside my eye everything would look right side up.
My absolute favorite part of this summer was when we went to Washington DC. I saw the White House and took a picture of it that I’m really proud of — I’m going to add it to my photography portfolio! Another great part of the trip was that all the seventh graders went to DC together — for the sixth graders, it’s definitely something to look forward to. Going to DC had always been a dream of mine, and it came true because of Student U. I think the great experiences and the exciting classes at Student U really help students believe in their dreams.
Keithen is an 8th grader at Durham School of the Arts. He graduated from the Middle School program at Student U and will begin the new High School program next summer. Student U is an educational and mentoring program for middle school students that provides a six-week intensive summer program, followed by weekly school year enrichment activities. To learn more, visit www.studentudurham.org.