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Where he wants to be

Anish RaviThis summer Anish Ravi, 15, spent three weeks at CTY learning as much as he could about genetics. “I love the hands-on learning of CTY,” says Anish, who also participates in the CTY Scholars Program, a four-year scholarship program that provides courses, advising, and support to high-achieving, low-income youth.

Then when he returned home from CTY, he volunteered for two weeks at a camp for underserved urban kids. As a science teacher and counselor, he shared his love for science with his elementary school campers....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Sophomore sabbatical online

Picture of Sophia Pink.Sophia Pink loves school. But in ninth grade, she grew frustrated with the rigidity of her schedule. “I wanted to take a break from the typical routine to focus on projects that I was really excited about and engaged in,” she says.
So, with the support of her parents and her school, Sophia, who lives in Washington D.C., spent her sophomore year taking writing, pre-calculus, and chemistry with CTYOnline....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Beyond the book

Kelly_ChangTextbooks line the tables of Kelly Chan’s Chemistry in Society classroom at CTY Bristol, but she and her classmates are too busy learning to open them.

Monday they learned about plastics and polymers. Tuesday was metals, and the class did three labs. Tomorrow they will study food science, and bags of snacks await their attention in the lab .

With engaging discussions each morning led by instructor David Shellhamer and lab experiments each afternoon, the class uses textbooks only occasionally for reference.

It’s an entirely different way of learning from the lecture and memorization approach that she’s accustomed to at her school in Hong Kong, and Kelly, 15, is thrilled...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Learning for the love of it

At CTY, which Mike Martin attended for four summers in the 1980s, he discovered a place where he belonged. He took his first writing workshop, fed his intellect instead of hiding it, and made friends. “The program might have been responsible for every good thing I believed about myself during the dark years of childhood,” he says...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Discovering his way

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Caleb Smith has long been captivated by the hands-on learning aspects of science.

As a CTY Center Scholar, he fostered his interest through genetics and genomics courses and spent this summer conducting research in the Johns Hopkins Center for Epigenetics, which is led by Dr. Andrew P. Feinberg.

“At CTY there are unlimited possibilities for science,” he says.

One of his greatest lessons came from his CTY genetics instructor, who reminded Caleb’s class about the importance of focusing not just on results, but also on the process of discovery.

“Now when I face an obstacle in the lab or things don’t work out as planned, I remember science is not just about the end result. It’s about the journey.”