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Summer 2024 Students on the Map

Last year, we had almost 2,000 enrollments for our award-winning programs. Students fly in every summer from all over the U.S. and across the world. For Summer 2024, we have students coming in from  American Samoa, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Poland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. According to one of our recent calculations, the middle 50% of students enrolled in competitive three-week courses have GPAs between 3.75 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. We are so proud of this awesome group of students! Read a sample provided by a one-week student below. 

BLI Alum

Where are they now?

One recent group of BLI alum are currently attending Harvard, Yale, MIT, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, Tufts, Brown, and other top universities. See more below.

Sarah Watson

Dartmouth College

Neuroscience Research ’21

Zachary Jacobus

Yale University, Chemistry

Chemistry Research ’21

Warishah Qandil

Boston University, Biology

Pediatrics ’21

Alexis Truta

University of Chicago, Biology

Biological Research ’21

Jiwoo Son

University of California, San Diego, Cognitive Science

Neuroscience Research ’22

Griffin Clarke

Georgia Tech,
Biomedical Engineering 

Biotech Research ’22

Amanda Son

Stony Brook University, Chemistry

Chemistry Research ’22

Seth Culberson

Princeton University, Mechanical Engineering

Intro to Surgery ’22

Vivian Rose

Loyola University Chicago, Psychology & Criminology

Forensic Science ’22

Sarah Watson

Dartmouth College

Neuroscience Research ’21

Takaiya Brown

UMass Amherst, Animal Sciences

Veterinary Medicine ’21

Ananya Mukundan

Johns Hopkins University, Public Health

Biomedical & Surgical Research ’21

Corinne Cancila

Baylor University, Pre-PA Track

Biomedical & Surgical Research ’21
p.s. If you don’t see yourself featured, don’t be shy! Tell us where you are! Email Meghan at mfeeney@bostonleadershipinstitute.com

Featured Student

Bryanah Houston, Intro to Surgery '22

During my time attending the BLI Intro to Surgery program, I feel that it impacted me in many ways. I learned skills early on that I otherwise would have had to learn further in my academic career. I learned hands-on skills, not just lectures. But even the lectures were intriguing, and I felt encouraged to speak up by asking questions. I was taught verbal study hacks by my amazing instructors, Nicole and Blerim, that helped me not only remember the materials better but also how to be more attentive. Overall I learned skills that will help me down the road to further my education and lead me to be the surgeon I one day hope to become.  

I was able to engage in hands-on learning using the information Nicole and Blerim taught. I was able to perform mock surgeries such as a gastric bypass and a CABG as well as learn and apply many different suture technics that I still practice today. I was also taught the proper way to check someone’s blood pressure. This skill enabled me to be able to check my dad’s blood pressure when needed, which I was unable to do prior to my BLI experience. Being involved in hands-on learning helped me understand and physically see what I was learning to prepare me for the work I will be executing in the future. 

Apart from the medical skills I took part in, I learned how to be a leader and the importance of collaboration skills. I learned how to work together when in groups/duos and listen to other people’s thoughts and ideas. I gained the ability to better my public speaking when presenting my own ideas to my peers. All in all, I learned leadership skills that I now apply to my everyday life. I am involved in multiple clubs at my school, some of which I lead to excel in the community and accomplish great goals. I am forever grateful and blessed that I had the opportunity to learn such amazing things at BLI. 

Here’s how a three-week competitive admissions program can help YOU get into a top-choice university:

  • Colleges are not looking for passive learners. They want active contributors. Show that you have intellectual curiosity of the type valued in an academic environment. Bring real life research experience and know how to your college classes.
  • Showcase your initiative and drive by pursuing academic endeavors outside of school.  
  • For many universities, research is central to their mission. Bring hands-on experience and research skills to your collaborations with professors.
  • Teachers and guidance counselors understand the value of attending a competitive-admissions research program and can highlight your research accomplishments in their letters of recommendation. 

Our programs provide valuable material for personal statements on college applications:

  • Highlight who you are and what you can contribute.
  • Show why you are a good match.
  • Showcase your talents, intellectual curiosity, and engagement.

And the benefits don’t stop with college admissions. Our competitive admissions also help students earn: 

  • Summer college internships
  • Research positions at colleges
  • Fellowship scholarships

Applying to a Three-Week Program

The large majority of our students boast GPAs in the A range and are taking challenging STEM courses at high schools where these are available: IB, AP, Honors, GT or Prep School equivalents. In addition to these students, we admit teens with solid academic achievements and a strong record of accomplishments. State science fair winners, Ocean Bowl champions, and more have all attended. Prospective applicants, don’t be afraid to apply. We are looking for promise and strong essays count too!

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