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DOHA: Forty high school students participated in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar’s third annual Pre-College Summer Programme (GPS), which concluded on Wednesday.
The full-time, three-week programme involved classes in a variety of academic subjects designed to train the students in skills which will help them in admission and life on the campus.Two students travelled from the United States to Qatar in order to participate in the GPS this year. “I have always been very much interested in the Middle East. I am aiming to study at SFSQ in the future. This programme is a perfect way for me to discover how university life in SFSQ will be and to give me an idea of what life in Qatar is like,” said Adam Coll, who came from Boston to attend the programme. His fellow American student Maximillion Harris from Chicago, said, “I find the programme dynamic and interesting.
I am learning a lot and I hope to use these skills in my application to Georgetown and other universities.” In addition to English language classes that aim to develop students’ reading, writing, note-taking, research, and presentation skills, the programme offered two levels of maths classes, with a focus on applying mathematical knowledge to solve problems on economics.
The GPS also incorporates preparation courses for the SAT standardised test, which is required to be passed for admission to many universities including Georgetown SFSQ. During the programme, the students also participated in supplementary practical workshops aimed at training them in library research skills, admissions and career topics such as CV writing and interview skills, general wellness and time management techniques.
High school students also got a taste of a Georgetown SFSQ education through sampling courses in international affairs through a series of classes conducted by the Georgetown faculty. These classes introduce students to the majors offered at Georgetown SFSQ like international politics, international economics, culture and politics. Dr Daniel Westbrook, assistant professor at Georgetown University, said; “I enjoy taking part in these programmes because I want these young students to have an idea of what we offer.