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Sum­mer Learn + Expe­ri­ence + Achieve Program

Wel­come to Sum­mer LEAP, a month-long aca­d­e­mic and life skills course and res­i­den­tial learn­ing com­mu­nity cre­ated to tran­si­tion new and incom­ing stu­dent ath­letes to the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, to pre­pare stu­dents for the read­ing, writ­ing, and learn­ing rig­ors of col­lege, and to intro­duce them to the diver­sity and inter­ests of the city of Seattle.

Sum­mer LEAP con­sists of four inter­locked parts, offer­ing a dynamic and holis­tic approach to school and uni­ver­sity life, treat­ing the stu­dent as more than just a sum of “stu­dent” + “ath­lete” + “freshman”:

  • “Living-Learning Com­mu­nity” – all of the pro­gram par­tic­i­pants not only take classes together, study together, work together, but also are housed in the same dorm for the dura­tion of Sum­mer LEAP; stu­dents often come from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent sports, and pur­sue dif­fer­ent aca­d­e­mic inter­ests, which pro­vides ample oppor­tu­nity to share, sup­port, and col­lab­o­rate socially and intel­lec­tu­ally; the pro­gram also intro­duces stu­dents to online col­lab­o­ra­tion and interaction.
  • Eng­lish 108: Writ­ing Ready, a five-credit inten­sive prepara­tory and immer­sion course on college-level writ­ing, read­ing and research; builds writ­ing con­fi­dence through fre­quent for­mal and infor­mal writ­ing and intro­duces key learn­ing strate­gies; includes user-friendly ori­en­ta­tion to library and research doc­u­ments, revi­sion skills, and peer review work cen­tral to 100– and 200-level col­lege writ­ing courses. (For­merly called GIS 140.)
  • Gen­eral Stud­ies 105, a one-credit course designed to increase the aca­d­e­mic pro­fi­cien­cies, study skills, and under­stand­ing of cam­pus cul­ture of new fresh­men enter­ing the uni­ver­sity; this course com­ple­ments and sup­ple­ments ENGL 108.
  • “Fri­days on Foot,” a part of the course require­ments of both ENGL 108 and GEN ST 105 where stu­dents are intro­duced to three dif­fer­ent Seat­tle neigh­bor­hoods includ­ing Downtown/Pike’s Place Mar­ket, the Inter­na­tional Dis­trict, and Capi­tol Hill; these “field trips” require stu­dents to nav­i­gate the Seat­tle bus sys­tem, to explore the neigh­bor­hood, and to record their expe­ri­ences through activ­i­ties and reflec­tive writing.

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