Living groups are one of the most important communities-within-a-community at EXPLO. Many students have arrived, connecting with the students that will live in their halls, connect with over breakfast, and support throughout the summer.
EXPLO Ambassadors, select student alums who serve as leaders in the community throughout the session, arrive! Reconnections, new friendship, group energy, laugh, hugs filled up the campus. During Ambassador Orientation, Ambassadors discuss roles of leadership and courage at EXPLO. They end their training with some well-deserved ice cream in New Haven proper.
Shelly from China lives in the city but loves nature. For her, EXPLO is all about trying new things — from exploring a different artistic medium to building confidence in her public speaking skills.
After hearing his sister rave about her EXPLO experience, Charles decided he should give it a try. He's looking forward to being part of a community that allows him to nurture both his academic and social self.
Declan — a third year Ambassador with eight EXPLO summers under his belt — has a wide range of interests. While thinking of studying psychology in the future, this summer he decided that he want to explore more about drawing and philosophy.
After a winter and spring of curriculum and professional development, EXPLO staff take part in a week-long orientation prior to the arrival of students this summer. Featuring interactive training, discussions, and keynote speakers, orientation not only allows staff to connect over shared EXPLO pedagogy, but also trains faculty on the nuts and bolts of running a world-class summer program.
EXPLO Banker Calista is proof perfect that it's never too late to explore your interests. When she discovered in college that a career in political science and economics suited her better than becoming a doctor, she courageously changed course — and as a result has found a sense of purpose.
For Jevonne, being the 'fun guy' is a chosen role that helps him remain resilient and to help others avoid pessimistic patterns. An undergraduate economics instructor, Jevonne has joined EXPLO as a curriculum advisor this summer. When asked what the best thing he had in his life was, he quickly replied: "my students."
Christopher (introducing Tom Deluca)
Christopher, Yale Faculty, introducing hypnotist Tom Deluca