Hello my SIP-ready readers! So far we’ve covered what students love about Kaplan’s MCAT 2015Summer Intensive Program (SIP), what faculty love about it and our favorite MCAT student success stories. Today we’re going to cover one of my favorite topics: the fun things you can do at SIP when you’re not studying for the MCAT.
We asked a group of Kaplan teachers to tell us about their favorite SIP activity outside of the classroom. Take a look at their responses below.
Kerranna Williamson: Exploring a New City
Free time in general is awesome – whether spent exploring the surrounding city on bike, tossing the Frisbee around on the field, or getting sushi downtown. It’s nice to have breaks and to get off campus every once in awhile. It helps balance out the intensiveness of the program and makes for a great summer.
Meet Kerranna: Kerranna has worked for Kaplan for over nine years in roles including teacher, Med School Mentor, Content Developer, and SIP Program Manager. She has worked at five SIP programs in the past four years between San Diego and Boulder. She would argue that working at SIP has been the most intense and rewarding of her time with Kaplan.
Tyler Fara: Enjoying the Outdoors
At the San Diego SIP, my favorite out-of-class activity is definitely going to the beach! The UC San Diego campus itself is perched on a cliff, about 150 feet above the beach itself, so the view from the study hall lounge is already beautiful. But to get down the beach, there’s a small stream that has actually carved a path right through the sandstone cliffs, and over the years surfers have hiked a path next to the stream. Climbing down to the beach through the cliffs is almost as satisfying as laying on the beach itself. In an intensive, six-week program, it’s important to take a break for the scenery!
Meet Tyler: Tyler started teaching for Kaplan in 2010 while also working as a molecular genetics researcher. He quickly fell in love with the dynamic nature of teaching and transitioned to teaching the MCAT full time. During his tenure with Kaplan, Tyler has received awards for both his excellent teaching ratings and his contributions that helped develop Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.
John Linick: Having Fun With Your New Pre-Med Friends
My favorite activity at the San Diego SIP is long boarding or surfing with students. At the Boulder SIP, it’s skiing at a Basin in June!
Meet John: After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry, John moved to Colorado to teach as a Kaplan MCAT instructor, volunteer as a Wilderness EMT, and for a short while, teach as a lecturer at the University of Colorado. He joined the San Diego Summer Intensive Program faculty in 2008, and returned to San Diego as Academic Director from 2009 to 2013. He directed the Boulder Summer Intensive Program for it’s first year in 2013 and returned to direct the program in 2014.
Sonali Bishnoi: Team-Building Outside of the Classroom
At the Boulder SIP, my favorite activity was the high ropes course! It was awesome seeing everyone work together for a non-MCAT-related goal. Plus some of the students conquered their fear of heights!
Meet Sonali: Sonali Bishnoi graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. She took a gap year to gain clinical experience and also joined Kaplan as an MCAT instructor in Connecticut. Her favorite part of teaching is the “aha!” moment, when a student’s confusion transforms to excitement and understanding. Sonali was a faculty member at the 2014 Boulder Summer Intensive Program, before embarking on her Master of Science of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Kricket Davis: Finding Fun Ways to Decompress When You’re Not Studying for the MCAT
At the Atlanta SIP, there was a really cool game store close by, and that really encouraged some friendly non-MCAT competition between faculty and students!
The weather is always amazing in San Diego, so hanging out in a hammock and reading a good book was a relaxing way to decompress from the intensive part of SIP!
Meet Kricket: Kricket graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s in biochemistry. He has been teaching MCAT for Kaplan since 2008. He has taught or managed SIP seven times at three locations: San Diego, Boulder, and Atlanta. Most recently, he has been creating questions and content videos for Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.
The new MCAT represents the most significant change for pre-meds in decades! With the introduction of Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as a new length of 7.5 hours, the new MCAT 2015 demands innovative and intensive preparation. Our answer is Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program. This elite program has been carefully redesigned for 2015 to accurately cover all areas of the new MCAT and maximize student success.
Though the test content is new, you can expect the same immersive experience led by expert MCAT Faculty Members from across the nation that students have valued so highly in the past. If you’re ready to make your summer count with the ultimate MCAT prep experience, reserve your seat at your preferred location today! Our Summer Intensive Program Enrollment Counselors are available for guidance by at 1-800-KAP-TEST.