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Johns Hopkins CTY?

ivyleague897ivyleague897 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 107 Junior Member
edited September 2010 in Summer Programs
Ok so today I got a letter from school saying I got into Johns Hopkins CTY.... anybody has/ or is going to be doing anything that has to do with it?? I mean I'm in 8th grade and it says I have to take the SAT so I just wanna know what it is from people that have gone through this process before just give me a quick summary thanks.
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Replies to: Johns Hopkins CTY?

  • jinglejingle Registered User Posts: 1,198 Senior Member
    I don't quite understand your post; either you're being invited to apply to CTY, in which case you haven't yet taken the SAT test, or you're already eligible, in which case you have already taken the SAT and received a qualifying score.

    In either case, CTY is an excellent program for academically-motivated students. If you take the SAT and qualify, you will get a brochure in February which will list all the classes available to you. It's possible to qualify for the math-oriented classes, the humanities ones, or both. You can attend one session, for three weeks, or two sessions, for six weeks, over the summer. Most classes are taught by college professors or advanced PhD students. There are a variety of locations throughout the nation (and abroad) but Johns Hopkins and Lancaster are the "mother ships," so to speak.

    My son, now a college freshman, attended CTY in Lancaster for 4 consecutive summers. His closest friends throughout high school were the kids he met in that program; they remain in constant electronic contact and occasionally travel to visit one another. My son learned a lot of college-level computer science that has allowed him to accelerate into advanced classes now that he's at a university; one summer he also took high school chemistry in three weeks, which permitted him to go straight into AP chemistry and do very well.

    The only drawback is that CTY is pretty expensive, unless you/your family qualifies for financial aid. For my son, it was worth every penny.
  • raideraderaiderade - Posts: 2,499 Senior Member
    I second all of the above.

    CTY was probably the best academic and social experience I've ever had.
  • StacyRStacyR Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I attended CTY this year. (LMU session 1 '10) and I have to agree with the people above!

    CTY is quite study-intensive. We got 7 hours of class a day in total, and when we weren't in class, we were participating in mandatory activities, which sounds like a bore but they were actually pretty fun. While the camp does keep you very busy, it's not at all tiring.

    The classes themselves were extremely educational and very interesting. I myself to Introduction to Biomedical Sciences because I'm interested in medicine, and I found that a great experience.

    As for the social aspect, you will meet people who are, short in short, on the same 'wavelength' as you. Everyone has to possess at least some inkling of intelligence (no lol jk, they're all pretty smart). You could talk for hours with anyone at CTY about international relations, political stances, religion and theology, philosophy, mathematical paradoxes and all that jazz... as well as music, guys, parties, typical 'teen' stuff. It's a nerd camp, yes, but you meet funloving nerds. Amazing nerds. hahaha. People you will neverrr forget, not for a long time anyways.

    If you're hesitant about CTY at first, I think you should go to the LMU site, which is in LA. From what I've heard, many of the east coast sites (Lancaster especially) are very tradition-oriented, meaning there are many established CTY traditions and terminologies and all that a newcomer would find very confusing. I heard that there's some degree of snobbery at the lancaster sites - apparently they dont like newbies. At LMU everyone's really laid back and welcoming, regardless of how long youve been attending the program. SO GO TO LMU. LOL.
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