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Summer Bridge Testimonials

Nazih SafiHello, my name is Mohamed Nazih Safi.

I am a senior here at Augsburg University. I am a Mathematical Economics and Mathematics major, and plan a minor in Computer Science. I’m very involved in campus life. I’ve been, among other things, a Day Student Sophomore Class Senator, treasurer for the Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA), a Bonner Leader, and am currently a McNair Scholar. I graduated from Eden Prairie High School. I also am a part of TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) and I attended Summer Bridge in 2013. TRIO/SSS and Summer Bridge are great opportunities and I’d like to share my experiences with you and tell you why you should submit an application to participate.

Attending Summer Bridge was a life changing experience. I made my first college friends during that five weeks, and I had the chance to experience living on my own. I earned eight college credits, saving a lot of money. I also had the chance to get closer with many of the staff and professors on campus.

During Summer Bridge I was always busy. I did a lot of fun activities and had a lot of free time to do what I wanted. I remember our first big group activity, the “Amazing Race.” We got into groups and had to figure out clues in order to get to the next checkpoint. I remember having to eat like 16 oz. of ice cream to continue on the checkpoint. That was probably my highlight of that day. During the “Amazing Race” the other students and I became a lot closer and I visited a lot of cool places around Minneapolis, like Minnehaha Falls, a place that during winter turns into an ice land. I learned how to use the light rail. The best part of Summer Bridge was that we were the only students on campus (for the most part) so we really learned a lot about each other and ourselves.

During Summer Bridge I learned that if I take chances and let people get to know the real me, I become more confident with myself. I figured out that the library’s basement is the best place for me to study. I learned that college classes have a lot of homework. However, if I devised a plan of attack on my homework then it was not really all that bad. Using Google Calendar, I learned how to portion out my time for homework, friends, me, and things like chores and time to organize my room. I used to think that it was a waste of time to organize my room, but my roommate taught me how much easier it makes life later on. I could find my stuff much faster which helped keep my stress down when deadlines came up.

The best part was that I saved a ton of money by taking my religion and communications classes. I experienced a workload I was not used to coming from high school. However, the professors slowly ease you into it. The professors understand that you are still in transition from high school to college. As long as I remembered to check my planner every day and keep it updated, I was able to get everything done on time. Also, I felt that Summer Bridge in many ways was more difficult than my first full semester of Augsburg. During Summer Bridge I was always going to seminars, workshops or class during the week. During the school year I had so much free time, which was a problem because it caught up with me really fast. I learned that as long as you are willing to put effort and keep a good mindset then college would be a blast!

I cannot express how beneficial Summer Bridge was for me. I learned so much, had so much fun, and created meaningful relationships with my peers. Summer Bridge is a great opportunity and it would greatly benefit you. Visit for more information. I encourage you to apply and hope to see you in the fall!

Lauren CanalesMy name is Lauren Canales Salgado. I am a graduate of Minneapolis Washburn, and I am a senior planning majors in Political Science, Gender/Sexuality and Women’s Studies and a minor in Religion. I was fortunate enough to be selected and offered a spot to attend the TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge right after high school.

One might think that starting college immediately in summer right after high school graduation is stressful; you want to enjoy your summer and say goodbye to your friends and that is really understandable. I was struggling financially the last few weeks of high school and had to decide whether I wanted to work all summer to earn a little more for tuition, or take classes and get a head start on college. Then I remembered that I didn’t have to pay out of pocket for Summer Bridge! So now I am thinking and struggling over what exactly? Going to school for free to be ahead? I chose to attend Summer Bridge and I will never regret my summer! It’s an opportunity to grow academically and personally.

Summer Bridge was beyond helpful and motivating. I started school early, meaning I would be ahead of my peers! Now that’s something I thought was cool and this way I knew school wouldn’t be as stressful. I learned so much in two classes that I would never had thought of taking. Yet because of those two classes, I was mentally ready to take on my fall semester with more confidence. My professors were beyond helpful as well as the amazing TRiO advisors we have here at Augsburg.

Although I didn’t get to choose the classes I took during Summer Bridge, they both met graduation requirements, weren’t boring, nor unrelated to what courses you might take as well as what you might experience here at Augsburg. Not only were the classes helpful, but there are amazing TRIO/SSS staff and mentors to guide and support you. I found myself more and more excited to be doing the work because I knew it was preparing me for my future here at Augsburg and as a student.

Now as I am in my third year of college and looking back, it was Summer Bridge that helped me out the most to where I am today as a student and person. The summer courses were sometimes intense and you really had to put in a lot of effort, but is was so rewarding to hear and see your peers help you, support you, and overall have a great time and personally learn more about yourself and what you may want in life.

I highly recommend you fill out a TRIO/SSS and Summer Bridge application. Because in my opinion an education is and will always be worth your time. In order to succeed you have to believe that you are capable of achieving whatever it is you want to do, and if you have that type of mentality then you are more than ready to attend a program like Summer Bridge. I know you will benefit from this program as I did.

See you on campus!