Cultivate Your Mind and Have Fun While Doing It: Summer Seminars for High School and College Students

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The Great Connections week-long seminars bring young adults together to discuss the great works and ideas of civilization. Using a unique shared inquiry methodology, participants discover remarkable connections between the ideas they read about and discuss, and the contemporary world that they inhabit. It is in this process they commonly grasp a deeper sense of autonomy and personal power.

  • Study philosophy, science, literature, art, mathematics, architecture, economics, politics, history, and more in collaborative discussions with the teacher as a guide, not the authority with the answers.
  • Explore art, architecture, music, and personal psychology and introspection to expand participants’ awareness of their own inner life. In conjunction with this, we visit art museums, historical sites, famous buildings, and concerts.
  • Engage in improv comedy workshops as a way to enable participants to get to know each other in a relaxed and fun manner. This improves intellectual discussions and collaboration. Improv also hones skills of collaboration and mutual investigation.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships and develop life-long friendships with people who appreciate and understand you through our powerful collaborative discussion methodology
  • Leave with the tools to move forward sure-footed in whatever ideas and domains of knowledge they encounter, no matter the path.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to achieve a higher level of understanding on any subject area. The Great Connections Seminar prepares you to be both critical and self reflective, allowing you to make questions that are outside the box. The program allows you to gain self confidence through open discussions where wrong answers don't exist. Facilitators make you feel very welcome, they are always accessible and very open to any kind of conversations, making sure that you'll get something out of it. You'll feel like if one week is not enough.
You also get to meet like minded people from all around the world where you get the chance to get to know different cultures and share ideas. It is a great opportunity to grow, learn, and network.
Highly recommended to everyone.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would like to be more prepared in the future, make sure to read all the texts thoroughly and come ready with questions or comments that would like to share with others. Make sure to schedule things previously because I never had enough time to do things that I wanted to do, might have been small things such as walking, reading, or even having conversations with others.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Life changing engagement.

I have attended a considerable number of seminars so far. However, the Great Connections Seminar, tops the list in terms of so many factors. The modules and the methods of the seminar takes one to the depth of the issues, without any pressure being felt. The study of the "study method" in addition to the contents of the seminar, helps in building an important tool for self-improvement. The seminar will help in sharpening one's thinking and reasoning capacity. I am sure you will feel the transformation within a week. The seminar is indeed a life-changing experience.
I am very thankful to the seminar for a wide range of things from providing philosophical insights, architectural understanding to introducing me to some amazing people from different places.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

I highly recommend it. There´s no better place to have great conversations about philosophy, arts, math, and many other interesting subjects.

During the seminar, I had a lot of fun, got to discover the city of Chicago and practice another language (in my case). I also met incredible people from all around the world that shared other cultures and with whom I still keep in touch, all of this while learning.
Imagine how great!

I learned how to discuss texts and listen to other opinions, with an opened mind and that is something that has benefited in my life, I´m very thankful for that.
Another thing that I enjoyed a lot was the improv comedy workshop because it made me less shy and helped me to think out of the box.

This seminar is one of the best experiences I´ve had.
I would take it many more times.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would not change anything but I know for sure it will be different in a good way!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

I attended these seminars 3 times now, and each time leaves me wanting for more! It is just a pleasure to meet like-minded people, fascinated about philosophy, politics and have a taste for refined ideas.

These seminars have had a key role in my education, mainly the first one I went when I was still in school. It was the first encounter with the college life and left me such a positive memory that profoundly marked one of my greatest passions that still accompanies me to this very day: love of philosophy.

I honestly recommend this seminar to all those who are by nature curious, passionate about thought, who wish to go out into the world as a critical thinker and, overall, being able to think in groups.

Can never thank you enough!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The deeper you read and think the texts before the seminars, the better time you will have during the discussions.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable, powerful experience!

A fun, fascinating, life-changing program! I recommend The Great Connections Seminar to anyone who is interested in self-development, philosophy, and discovering the tools to navigate life's big questions. In one week, I learned so much about myself and the world. I developed nearly-instant bonds with the other students, as well as the wonderful, caring people who organize and facilitate this program.

You'll gain genuine confidence in yourself as a thinker as you learn how to use the principles of reason. This is an educational program, but it’s education like you have never experienced in a classroom before. You'll make lasting connections with incredible people and walk away with a newfound sense of life’s possibilities, and an appreciation for the merits of philosophical reasoning in everyday life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
When you come to this seminar, you will discover the benefits of thinking well with others. My advice is to decide that you want to grow as a thinker. You’ll learn a lot about your mind, and it will positively impact every facet of your life!