College is often the first time many teenagers leave the comfort of their bedroom and watchful eye of guardians to venture into an unknown habitat of a college dorm. While friends, relatives, and just about everyone one else you know will tell you what it is like to live in a dorm, the only way to quite understand just how unique of an experience living away from home can be is to try it. The campers at the Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs have the benefit of experiencing dorm life firsthand prior to ever starting their freshman year of college.
Villanova’s campus houses hundreds of JKCP students over the duration of the summer, many learning just what it is like to live in a college setting. The JKCP students have the opportunity to live in the same dorm rooms, eat at the same cafeterias, and learn in the same classrooms that the Villanova students themselves use during their academic school year. While it is one thing to walk around the dorms and campus to get a peek at what the campus is like, it is a whole different situation living on the campus in perpetual contact with peers around the clock.
With students from all over the United States as well as international students from as far as France, Spain, China, and the Caribbean, the dorms are a great opportunity for students to learn about the cultures of the world while meeting new friends. Students often chat about the differences between where they are from and find humor and excitement in learning the differences that each JKCP student has to offer.
While the time in the dorms gives the students the opportunity to meet people from around the world, it also allows for the teenagers to develop valuable communication and problem solving skills. Students come to love their roommates by the end of their time with JKCP, but this does not mean that they started that way. Living with an individual may cause students to be exposed to habits that they may not be use to. Talking with their roommates and inquiring and working through issues that may arise allow for a closer relationship that contain mutual respect and understanding for one another.
When thinking of summer plans, think of the opportunities that JKCP offers. Think about the experiences that are presented while living on a prestigious college campus, think about the chance to meet new friends from all around the world, think about the chance to grow in interpersonal skills, and think about the memories that will last a lifetime.