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Gateway Scholars: Testimonials

Here's what some of the Gateway Scholars are saying about our program...

Overall Comments about Gateway Program

I found that the level of reading is much higher at the university level and at first I could’t read fast enough to keep up with the demands of the rigorous curriculum. Writing requirements are much higher at the university level, too. The writing process takes a lot of time and effort to learn. It is hard to come up with a good thesis and to find evidence to prove that my arguments are valid. 

The Gateway Program gave me a direct view of college life. It is very hard and I realized that I really need to work harder than ever in the fall semester!

Through the Gateway Program, I realized that it is harder to be a university student in US than I had expected before I came here. The program has helped me and I have learned a lot and also have become more confident in my work and abilities.

I read a lot of articles and learned how to write academic papers. The program made me realize how much I need work and effort it takes to become a college student in U.S.

The program is a good transition for me to fit into college life in the U.S. It helped me a lot because I learned practical skills from the summer courses that my Chinese English teacher never taught me before!

Lecture Series

I learned what lectures in American universities are like. I learned how to take notes and that active listening skills are very important.  

The most important information that I learned from the lectures was good habits for studying and speaking. It is important to get enough sleep each night because sleeping helps with the efficiency of studying and helps your memory. It is essential to be good at time management. I also learned the skills for public speaking, which can enhance my influence over the audiences during the speeches I make and can reduce the nervousness I feel before each speech. 

I learned a lot about how to take notes during a lecture. I found that every professor has a different teaching style. Generally speaking, these lectures taught me about academic experiences, like how to interact with professors and how to focus on the main points that professors give us. 

From the lecture series, I have a general idea about what the lectures in fall semester will be like and I can concentrate on what the Professor is talking about.

These lectures gave me an idea about how college lectures really work as well as the importance of taking notes. With the quizzes in class about the lecture each week, I learned to listen to substantial information that the professor had given, and I developed a skill to understand the broader picture of the information, and not just focus on the details.

Describe how Summer Gateway prepared you for the Brandeis experience.

The summer program made me well prepared for university courses. It was a lot of work, which is something I did not expect. My reading skills improved a lot.   By speaking English with native English speakers, my adaptation to life in the U.S. has been a pleasant one.

My reading skills and listening skills improved a lot. I became more confident with my English abilities.

It gave me more time to adapt to the new environment so I felt more confident to start college life in the U.S. Also, I learned what a U.S. classroom is like, which has helped in the transition process.