While many students decide to apply to Yale for its prestige, the motivating factor for me was an innocent summer activity.
I learned about Yale last summer when I served on the Executive Committee and taught for a program in New Haven, called Summerbridge New Haven.
This program, based out of the Hopkins School, allows high school and college students to mentor andteach inner-city students who cannot afford a tuition-based program.
Two of my co-workers were Yale students, and they informed me that Yale made majorcontributions to the program. Moreover, Yale generously offered the use ofits facilities, including field trips to the Yale Daily News and other Yalesights that provided invaluable experiences for the students, some of whom had never toured Yale despite living in New Haven their entire lives.