Written by Great Books on Thursday, October 17, 2019
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to Great Books Summer Camp at Amherst College! I had an amazing time there. Not only did I learn how to be a better writer, I also made tons of friends and took risks!" - 2019 Scholarship Recipient
2019 Scholarship Student at Amherst
"I would like to thank you ever so much for the financial support you gave me to attend week one of the Amherst College campus program. I had the time of my life and would like to share three favorite parts of my week with you.
First, the books. With my love for classic literature reignited after this program I am pursuing to read more books of the style we read in week one. My favorite book we read that week was without a doubt The Little Prince , it taught me a lot about love, how to see the world, and that you should still keep your imagination when you are grown-up. Even though The Little Prince was my favorite, by sampling other books I ended up liking such as The Alchemist , Sherlock Holmes , and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I will most likely continue to read the full of them and see what can get out of it.
"I enjoyed the class thoroughly as it gave me great influence to write songs, poems, and stories about objects and in their perspective. These electives all together have given me both information, inspiration, and a spark to continue doing what I love."
Second, my electives. I loved my theater elective, Mr. Matt really taught me a lot that I will use whenever I am working in the theater industry. I learned a lot about personal monologues and just monologues in general. I learned how to write a good monologue with many details and how to recite them in an interesting way. My other elective The Voices of Objects taught me how to look at objects and “hear” what they have to say to us. It was very inspirational. I enjoyed the class thoroughly as it gave me great influence to write songs, poems, and stories about objects and in their perspective. These electives all together have given me both information, inspiration, and a spark to continue doing what I love.
The third, final, and the best thing of all, is the people. The people I met in my pod that week are some of (that I feel) my closest friends. Everyone was so loving, accepting, and memorable! I am currently in touch with a number of people I met in week 1 both inside and outside my pod. There really is no way to put into words or describe what I felt when I was with these fantastic people who did not care who I was, they just became my friends, warts and all. This no doubt was my favorite part of this program. My only wish is that we all had more time together.
In conclusion, I will take with me two pieces of advice from The Little Prince that I really felt and understood. 1.) "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.” and 2.) “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
2019 Scholarship Student at Amherst - Writer's Workshop
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to Great Books Summer Camp at Amherst College! I had an amazing time there. Not only did I learn how to be a better writer, I also made tons of friends and took risks!
"I will never forget this experience and will continue writing stories inspired by my time at Amherst. Thank you again for letting me go to this summer camp and stay at Amherst College".
My favorite parts of the Writer’s Workshop week at Great Books were the Guided Writing and the Workshops. I liked the Guided Writing because my group and I group got some uninterrupted writing time. We could work on continuing our stories, writing new ones, and if we ever got writer’s block, the PA’s would give us a prompt to help us. One of the prompts was, “Write a love story that becomes a mystery.” This prompt was interesting to me because you can write a story that makes the reader think that the main genre is romance…until they realize that what they thought before wasn’t correct! They can wonder what the real genre is while piecing together the clues that the author leaves for them, trying to solve the problem before the solution is revealed near the end of the book.... I will never forget this experience and will continue writing stories inspired by my time at Amherst. Thank you again for letting me go to this summer camp and stay at Amherst College."
2019 Scholarship Student at Amherst - Writer's Workshop
"The writing I did at camp and the feedback I received inspired me to write more in the future. During lecture time, I learned about the different tools I could use in my writing, like how to write good descriptions, keep momentum, and show the passage of time. During our fiction workshop, I learned about my strengths and weaknesses as a writer and how I can improve in the future. I also learned how to help other writers and I got to read a lot of new material that I had never seen before, like a piece about the struggles that Poseidon deals with at work, and alien dust that takes over Earth...
"During lecture time, I learned about the different tools I could use in my writing, like how to write good descriptions, keep momentum, and show the passage of time."
Great Books is a great camp, and it was more than what I expected it to be, which was a boring writing camp. Nothing about my week there was boring, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I had to be able to go to Amherst and meet such cool and amazing writers. I would love to go to a Writer’s Workshop camp again in the future, either at Amherst or at another campus."
2019 Scholarship Student at Northwestern
"I would like to express my gratitude for the scholarship your organizations generously provided... That experience has inspired me to become an even more avid reader and (hopefully) critical thinker.
The readings were very inspirational, and I felt lucky to have had such an amazing and intelligent seminar teacher. Reading the works of Aristotle and Ralph Waldo Emerson have made me think more seriously about the true meaning and purpose of my life. Before this seminar, I did not know what life was all about in philosophical terms. Emerson thought that every man is good; Aristotle thought that not every man can be a philosopher. I reached the conclusion that we, as individuals in society, should do our part to make our world better.... In addition, the GBSP has led me to diversify my taste in reading by guiding me towards various genres— poetry, philosophy, and, ancient stories and folklore—passed down over time from one end of the world to another.
"Thank you for giving me this mind-blowing, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will never forget."
Thank you, the Open Books Foundation and the Great Books Summer Program. Thank you for giving me this mind-blowing, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. Thank you very much for the Great Books Summer Program scholarship to attend the GBSP camp. After attending this camp, I feel very happy that I had the privilege to be a part of Great Books, and I hope that I am able to attend the program next year as well."
2019 Scholarship Student from Stanford
"The sense of community was great and the writing lessons that were easy to understand and implement... Everybody on campus was eager to help you grow and enjoy your time there. Despite being one of the newest members, I never felt out of place and loved the pod I was assigned...
In addition, the lesson plans and teachers managed to stand out to me as well. They were concise yet helped your imagination expand. I walked onto campus despising poetry, because I didn’t understand how to write it. This program changed that, giving you short, easy-to-understand prompts, a time limit and brief words of encouragement. Despite the simplicity, it opened my mind to the many possibilities of writing. It was a benefit that the teachers were kind and understanding to my ‘poetry woes’.
"All in all, the Great Books Stanford program was a great place to learn and grow. It’s an experience that I’d encourage all my peers to try and wouldn’t hesitate to do again."
All in all, the Great Books Stanford program was a great place to learn and grow. It’s an experience that I’d encourage all my peers to try and wouldn’t hesitate to do again.