|When I first joined the Summer Bridge Program, I was kind of embarrassed because I thought I was too smart to be in such a program. During the first few days, I just didn’t cooperate because I felt as if I didn’t need to be in Bridge. As the weeks went on, I was able to actually experience the program. I really started to get engaged with the activities and classes and really started to like Bridge. This program really helped me with preparing myself for the real deal of college. It really boosted me up to be on the right track. Bridge gave me an opportunity to experience the college lifestyle early. The summer program challenged me to do my best in the school year. I was used to campus, and knew where to find everything by the time the school year began. If I had never attended the Bridge Program, I believe my first year of college would have been off track. Bridge also helped me get connected with people so that I would not be lonely. The best part of my experience with Bridge was being able to gain a great relationship with my instructors and advisor! After the school year started, it felt as if I knew my English instructor and advisor for years, thanks to the great connection from the summer. I am thankful that I was chosen to be a part of Bridge because by me being the first child in my family to attend college; I was really confused about many things. The Bridge Program is a great way to start your first year of college; you most definitely won’t be in this world alone. Thanks to Bridge, I have gained much experience which caused me to be a better person!