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Summer Camp Experience Essay

So greetings everyone, new to the site and dont really know how this works, but here goes: I want to go to this summer camp and they make you write an essay on why you want to attend the program, as the title states. I am not a native english speaker and not very sure about how I should write such an essay as I havent written any like it in the past. I would greatly appreciate some help and corrections ofcourse are always welcome. The essay needs to be 500-750 words, I'm at about 670. So this is the essay:

"Ever since I was a kid even, I have always been positive and seeking to try new experiences, understanding that through those there is always something to gain, and even if the outcome is not what expected, one learns exactly this, that things don't always go as planned in life. At some point in middle school, we started biology courses. Although what we learned was pretty basic, every kid in my class hated the course, as they found the curriculum hard, but I swallowed the chapters and the lectures enthusiastic to learn more. By attending a privileged school, as I did, I had the opportunity to enjoy lessons possibly of the highest level in the country. As time went on, more and more did I realize what I felt I was meant to do. I decided this is the path for me, and combined with my love for the USA, which will be mentioned later on, I was firmly attached to the idea of studying medicine there.

By attending this course, I opt to subject myself a whole new level of tutoring, because, as previously stated, I am still thirsty for knowledge and new experiences. Moreover, this course will help me clear up my mind about which more specific field I want to follow, major in, and hopefully achieve my final goal, a Ph.D. in it, as still, despite inclining towards medicine, it is not clear to me what I want to specialize in. Furthermore, I believe it will be a good "trial period" for college, getting to know what college life and classes are like, learning to cope with the way it works, which I expect will be fairly different from the Greek schools.

Now I would like to look at another aspect of why I would like to attend this camp. I have always found the USA to be the country I dream to live in. I was born in New Jersey, both my parents Greek students with Greek roots doing their Master's degrees together in the USA, and so when they had me, they felt I shouldn't be raised away from the rest of my family, and within a year from when I was born we returned back to Greece. We returned to the USA many times as tourists, and visited cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans etc.. Despite loving each and every one of those cities, I felt like I couldn't live in any of them, they didn't suit me. Until I came to Boston.

It all started when my father, a surgeon himself, took me with him to a conference in Boston. After arriving and unpacking, we went out to see the city. I was shocked. It seemed to me this city was nothing like any other that I had previously visited. I was so excited, I had finally found a city I would be happy with living in. In Boston I felt the city warm and welcoming. This experience led me to set my target straight for this city's universities, and thus I found this camp online.

As it might be already clear, the two courses from this summer program that I find most appealing are Chemistry of Medicine and Infectious Diseases. When first looking at the courses list, as soon as I went through the list and saw the whole selection, right away I decided on these two. From what I read and what I understood about them, those are the ones that best fit the future I have chosen for myself.

Summarizing, the reasons I want to attend this summer program are firstly, that I want to expand my horizons while also narrowing down the selection of majors I would like to do in the future and get a better, clearer picture of my goals, and secondly, that I have always loved the USA, and Boston even more, and that attending this course will help me visualize what studying medicine in the USA will be like and how to, one day, hopefully, be a better scientist."

Before any replying, let me explain what I tried to do with this: I wanted to give a very firm impression of how I have proffesional interest in attending the course, while also getting across that one day I intend to study in a university like the one the camp is in and that its pretty helpful for me to attend this camp. Also, I wanted to get my obsession with the USA through and my love for Boston, where the camp takes place.

I do acknowledge I am a chatterbox and provide more information than needed most of the time, and I tried to limit that in this essay, although I dont think I succeeded.

Also my writing structure is pretty bad, I am very very bad at organizing my thoughts, and I do know that to and I'm working towards correcting it.

  • I had so much fun this year!

    Samantha (Camper – 8)

  • I want to take this opportunity to thank you for so many wonderful years at Ramaquois. My boys, Ben and Luke, went to Ramaquois for a total of 7 years. The wonderful experiences helped Ben ease into sleepaway camp and Luke will follow next summer. Ramaquois was nothing short of exciting, friendship building, nurturing, fun and extremely well staffed. Everything from the bus ride to the care with the nurses to the group leaders was so well oiled and professional. Thank you for helping my boys learn to cherish the meaning of camp! It will stay with them forever and ever! Best wishes to you, your family and future Ramaquois campers.

    Wendy (Parent)

  • I love Ramaquois!!!! This year will be my twelfth summer.Thank you for making each summer so special. I have made so many friends and so many amazing memories!!!!I can’t wait to come back this summer!!

    Jocelyn (Camper – 14)

  • I went to the camp for two months in 1955 when it was a sleepaway camp. I had just turned 5 in April. I was the youngest camper that summer! I still have a picture of myself in a too big camp t-shirt.

    Lyne L. (Alumna – 61)

  • ok, i had to share! i was tucking my son to sleep tonight and he said “mom, do you grow when you sleep?” so i said yes and he said “then i never want to sleep so i can always be little and stay in junior camp forever”. just a testament to how great Ramaquois is and how it’s seen through the eyes of a 5 year old… 🙂

    Alyssa (Parent)

  • I haven’t been to Camp Ramaquois yet. But it looks really fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CeCe (Camper – 9)

  • I love Camp Ramaquois. I can’t wait for this summer and can’t wait to see you guys! Love, Zachary S.

    Zachary (Camper – 7)

  • I love Ramaquois…this is my 3rd year and I met tons of new friends… some of my best friends are at Camp Ramaquois..the fun thing about this camp is that you are never bored…Ramaquois is the best camp ever!

    Caroline (Camper-12)

  • Ramaquois is my favorite place to be. This will be my 3rd year going and it’s so much fun! I even met some of my best friends at camp.

    Caroline (Camper – 11) 

  • Camp Ramaquois: The experience of a lifetime. One I will never forget.

    Wendy C. (Alumna)

  • Even though I started late compared to most in my group (age 11), Ramaquois quickly became my “summer home” in no time. I ended up staying for 10 summers and every time I thought it was my last, I just had to come back. There are no words to describe the memories, the friendships and the laughs I carry with me everyday because of my time at Rama-land. I wish I could still be there today. It all came full circle when I went to visit this past summer with my husband to show him my old stomping ground…nothing will ever compare!!!!

    Jamie S. (Alumna – 29)

  • I am a 3rd generation staff-camper and have worked at Rama for years. This camp is amazing!

    Becca (Staff Member)

  • I couldn’t imagine spending my summer anywhere but Camp Ramaquois. I love spending time with my campers, and I have friendships with other staff members. Can’t wait to go back!

    Melissa (Staff Member – 23)

  • I had so much fun at this camp and cant wait to come back!!!

    Sam C. (Camper – 8)

  • The extra attention from your staff was never unnoticed, and always appreciated. You lead by example, top down. David grew so much this summer, and gained confidence.

    Jeffrey (Parent)

  • I LOVE RAMAQUOIS! ITS SO FUN!!!!

    Ava K. (Camper – 11)

  • I had been a camp parent for many years before i became a staff member. i loved the camp as a parent and i love it even more as a staff member.

    Jamie (Staff Member)

  • My brother and I were campers at Ramaquios a long time ago! I was a camper for 10 years, and then a counselor for 4. I have the most amazing memories of camp Ramaquios!! Now I am grown, and the mom of a 7-year old boy. I still keep in touch with some friends that I made as a camper, and we share many of the same wonderful memories (learning how to water ski on the machine, candies, cook-outs, Rama Games…the list goes on and on). I tell my son about Ramaquios all the time! Thank you so much for the memories!!!

    Amy (Alumna – 42)

  • My son came home every night talking about his amazing counselors. He still mentions them now, 5 months later!

    Brenda L. (Parent)

  • I love it! I had my best summers there.

    (Alumnus)

  • We wanted to thank the entire staff of Camp Ramaquois for providing a wonderful summer for Matthew. This was his fourth summer at Ramaquois and he loved every minute of it.

    Nicole and Jeff (Parents)

  • I was an Arts and Crafts counselor in 1950. I carved a totem pole for the camp site!

    Richard Allan (Alumnus – 79)

  • I love Ramaquois and I can’t wait to go back next year as my 8th summer!!!!!!

     Zoe (Camper – 11)

  • Ramaquois is a place where every child feels special – what more could you ask for? I’ve made so many great friends while making a difference in campers’ lives.

    Stefanie (Staff Member)

  • Camp still looks great!!

    Alumnus

  • I’ve been going to Ramaqouis for 3 years already and I always have so much fun going in the lake and being with my friends. Every summer I go I don’t wanna leave.

    Sara A. (Camper – 13)

  • This is the first job I’ve ever had, and Ramaquois provided me with such a wonderful and memorable experience. The entire staff is so welcoming and caring, and the campers are awesome, too! Can’t wait for next summer!

    Sarah (Staff Member)

  • This camp has given my child a summer home. He is able to reconnect with old friends as well as create bonds that are oh so strong with new friends. Thanks Rama!

    Shannon (Parent)

  • I had so much fun at Ramaquois!

    Ben N. (Camper – 11)

  • Best first day EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    Jemma (Camper – 7)

  • I love Ramaquois so much!! It is the best camp I had ever been too! This is going to be my second year a Ramaqouis and I am so excited. Also,this year I get to go to Hersey Park for one night! I love Ramaquois its the best!!!!!!

    Caroline (Camper – 10)

  • The countdown until camp was always so exciting and once I got there it was even better!

    Stefanie (Staff Member – 21)

  • I was a camper from 1985-1994 and have amazing memories. I have very fond memories of all my wonderful counselors. I’m so glad the next generation can have these memories as well.

    Blair (Alumna – 31)

  • This is my fist year and I love it so far!

    Matthew B. (Camper – 9)

  • Ramaqouis is awesome the best camp ever!

    Caroline (Camper – 8)

  • I always have great summers here at Ramaquois!! I am never going to spend a summer without Ramaquois!!

    Arabella K. (Camper – 9)

  • Camp is an amazing experience. The 2011 Season just finished, but that means there’s a new experience for 2012! CAMP RAMAQUOIS IS THE BEST!

    Jackson (Camper – 11)

  • Thanks for helping our son enjoy the trips so much this summer. We think he liked the trip meetings as much as the outings. He never felt so adventuresome as he did at Ramaquois! Natalie and Arthur are a gift to parents. Thank you for another great summer!

    George and Anna (Parents)

  • Best Camp Ever!

    Zach M. (Camper – 10)

  • I wait 10 months for 2! I love camp.

    Dani (Camper-7)

  • I am so happy to see that Cam Ramaquois I still here and even with all the new programs, so much is still the same ! From the Middies to the CAP program, I spent 12+ years at Ramaquois. LOVE it.

    Robin (Alumna – 48)

  • To my Ramaquois family,
    It’s times like these that remind me why I continue to come back to Ramaquois year after year. The support and care I received as a camper never came to an end even when I became a counselor. Ramaquois is not only a place to build memories but to build strength as a person. A place that teaches you that you can find a sense of home and family in people who you would likely never have crossed roads with.

  • When you walk around Ramaquois, and meet the staff, you understand why Ramaquois is such a special place.

    Lisa B. (Parent)

  • I love being a Co-Ed! I made so many new friends in just 4 weeks and I will be with them forever. I want to come back every year!

    Gabby (Camper – 10)

  • I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR CAMP IT IS SOOOOOOOOO COOL

    Tessa (Camper – 8)

  • Ramaquois has been a part of my life for over 35 yrs. I was a camper throughout childhood, then a counselor for the CAPs and Seniors, and today I am a very proud parent of two Ramaquois campers, Sammi and Jake, who LOVE Camp Ramaquois. It is great hearing them talk about their friends and counselors, the trips and all the activities. These days we live in Florida, but Sammi and Jake make it up to visit Grandma and Grandpa every summer and enjoy Camp Ramaquois every summer like I did yrs ago. Arthur and Natalie have a great team in place and I am proud to call them friends as well.

    Mike (Alumnus)

  • Ramaquois was a great experience and I can’t wait to come back for my second summer next year 🙂

    Hailey S. (Camper 12) 

  • Ramaquois is the best thing that happened in my life

    (Alumnus)

  • There is not a better place in the world to spend the summer. During those long, endless winter days, I look forward to the beautiful camp grounds, the amazing activities and my countless friends! Ramaquois is my family!

    Richard (Staff Member)

  • I can’t wait to go to camp next year!

    Rachel (Camper – 9)

  • Best summers ever and friendships I made in the early 1960’s. Happy to see the tradition lives on.

    Paul Martin (Alumnus – 61)

  • A huge thank you to Ramaquois! Zachary had a blast! He can’t wait for next year!

    (Parent)

  • Camp Ramaquois has been my summer home for 14 years. I can’t even express how much Ramaquois has meant to me. It has helped me grow into the person I am today.

    Jon H.  (Staff Member – 21)

  • 2009 will be my 9th summer. I started as a Freshmen in 2001! Since then, I have made unbreakable friendships and I treasure all of the memories I’ve made there. I cannot wait to return for the summer of ’09. Ramaquois is my favorite place on Earth and ever summer spent there is 100 times as spectacular as the last. Everything from the special events to the trips to the amazing counselors. I love Ramaquois and I’ll be coming back for years and years to come.

    Joslyn (Camper – 14)

  • I have spent some of my best summers as a camper at Camp Ramaquois and then went on to become a counselor. I am still friends with the people I met when I was 12 yrs old. It is a place that will always welcome you back with open arms.

    Traci L. (Alumna – 29)

  • Ramaquois has been my summer home for over 20 years. It has made a lasting impact on me and in turn has allowed me to pass on my passion for camp to today’s children. The best times of the year, every year!

    Brian M. (Staff Member – 28)

  • I was a camper and counselor in the 80’s. Days at ramaquois were the best in my life at the time. My son now goes to Ramaquois….we thought it was awesome then. He loves it now!

    Rochelle (Parent)

  • I love Ramaquois because I try new things, and I met a lot of my friends here. A day without Ramaquois is a day without fun.

    Tyler (Camper – 12)

  • I would like to thank you very much for providing such a wonderful experience for my son this summer. I am so impressed with the professional, warm and highly spirited atmosphere you have created. Sending Charlie to Ramaquois was one of the best decisions I have made as a Mom, and I have been a Mom for almost 15 years! Everything that I wanted for my son to get out of this summer he did. He was made to feel comfortable and secure. He was well cared for and best of all he had so much fun!

    Beth (Parent)

  • I love Camp Ramaquois! It’s the place where people accept me for who I am,where I make friends for life. I really enjoy my counselors! They always know how to have a blast! They are super hilarious. Lastly, I have friends who I’ve met in Debs and are my BEST friends today.

    A’dreana (Camper – 11)

  • “PRIDE” began as, and “OLD-er Pride” remains to be, the greatest friends and family anyone could ever ask for…

    Jordan H. (Alumnus – 42)

  • I love this place

    Abby (Camper 11)

  • I have only been at camp for 2 years but I regret the years that I was not at camp Ramaquois!

    Amanda (Camper – 11)

  • I love Ramaquois so much!! It is the best camp I had ever been too! This is going to be my second year a Ramaqouis and I am so excited.Also,this year I get to go to Hersey Park for one night! I love Ramaquois its the best!!!!!!

    Caroline (Camper – 11)

  • The best thing about Ramaquois was that as I got older, the program always changed so that it was new and exciting! I started when I was 4, and stayed until I was 15 and I never got bored! Best summers ever!!!

    Rob (Alumnus – 34)

  • I love this camp because I make new friends and always have fun!!!

    Maddy (Camper – 9)

  • I love Camp Ramaquois. It is going to be my 5th year. Go Boys’ Side!

    Michael G. (Camper 8)

  • Both my children had wonderful experiences there and we will never forget you. Of all the places my kids go (sports, classes, other camps when they were younger, school, etc) we have never had a better experience. Ramaquois is the warmest, best run, caring, loving, up to date, organized of them all. Each summer I was more impressed than the last. You think of everything! And I am a tough customer! I am proud and grateful to have been a part of the family. Thank you for everything. My hat is off to you all.

    Bonnie S. (Parent)

  • I love Ramaquois so much and I cant wait till the summer!

    Caroline (Camper – 10)

  • I’ve never been to Ramaquois but I’m so excited to come this year! My friends go every summer!

    Caroline (Camper – 8)

  • I LOVE RAMAQUOIS!!

    Zoe (Camper – 9)

  • I love Ramaquois and I can’t wait to go back next year as my 8th summer!!!!!!

    Zoe (Camper – 11)

  • I love this camp!

    Austin (Camper – 10)

  • I want to stay here until I am a staff.

    Christopher (Camper – 9)

  • I went to Ramaquois for 6 years. Ramaquois has been and always will be my summer home.

    Caitlin G. (Alumna)

  • I just wanted everyone to know that Camp Ramaquois was probably the greatest experience I had in my life growing up. I was a camper starting with the Musketeers in 1978 and when I finally “graduated” after my CAPS year, I stayed on as a counselor until I ultimately began law school in 1991. The friends I made during that period are still my best friends in the world, and although my wife doesn’t like it when I tell her that those were the best times of my life, I can honestly say that aside from getting married and watching my 4 children being born and grow up, the time that I had at Ramaquois was by far the best time of my entire life.

    Rob (Alumnus)

  • This is my 13 year old son’s fifth year at Ramaquois. He looks forward to camp each year passionately. Arthur and Natalie should run the country, they are so organized.

    Gordon (Parent – 61)

  • I couldn’t be happier with Ramaquois. I love the communication, and most importantly, my daughter feels special when she goes to camp. We are a Rama-Family Forever!

    Lauren F. (Parent)

  • I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Ramaquois – it was simply WONDERFUL!!!!

    Andrew (Staff Member)

  • I love Camp Ramaquois so much! Its my summer home and a fantastic place to grow as a person! I miss and love my campers and friends!

    Ali (Staff Member – 18)

  • Despite having friends from school and other job experiences, my closest friends are the ones I made while working at Ramaquois. They are the most genuine people I’ve ever met, and I think the shared passion for children and for the camp experience made our connections so much more authentic. I can’t imagine what a summer would be like anywhere else.

    Jared (Staff Member – 39)

  • Camp really taught me the meaning of friendship. I was always able to keep in touch with my friends and keep them close. I think the fact that I’m still friends and in touch with most of them is a testament to that!

    Lili (Alumna – 28)

  • I met my husband there when he was 17 and I was 16. He was an Arts & Crafts counselor. I was a counselor for 6 year old boys. It was a great camp, and I have many fond memories of being at Ramaquois. 🙂

    Julie (Alumna)

  • We wanted to take a moment to thank you for making our daughter’s first summer incredible. As the summer progressed, she came home each day with a bigger smile and more wonderful stories of her day. Between swim, tennis, music and Ramagames, she experienced so much that she enthusiastically embraced.

    Mark and Beth (Parents)

  • I love camp because there are a lot of fun things to do here I never want to leave

    (Camper – 6)

  • Ramaquios is the best camp on earth there is no camp better I never want to go to sleep away camp I want to stay here

    Ruby (Camper – 9)

  • I love that the bus stops right in front of my building. So convenient!

    Donna L. (Parent)

  • This is the best camp I’ve ever been to. The counselors are my favorite part of camp.

    Meredith (Camper – 12)

  • I have been at ramaquois for many years now and i will never leave i am looking forward to this summer

    Julia (Camper – 11)

  • I am a former camper and counselor. My husband and I met at Ramaquois. Now, we are lucky enough to see the camp through the eyes of our children. We are a 3 generation Rama-Family (my dad worked there, and my mom worked AND went to Ramaquois when it was a sleep-away!) To say the camp is exceptional doesn’t even begin to cover it. Every year it gets better and better. The memories that our children are making will follow them forever. Ramaquois is a special part of our past, present and future!

    Jana (Alumna)

  • This is my 6th summer at Ramaquois. Every year, I count down until I finally return to my summer home. I love everything from the food and activites to the spirit and friendships that I hold throughout the school year.

    Marissa D. (Camper)

  • Ramaquois is my 2nd home I met so many friends I will have forever

    Jamie (Camper – 11)

  • Some of the best times of my life were spent during my 16 summers at Camp Ramaquois. The fact that I am still very close with so many people from those years is a testament to how special Ramaquois truly is.

    Brian (Alumnus – 39)

  • Ramaquois is such a major part of who I am today. Every summer of my life from the time I was 4 until I was 20 was spent there. I still have a lot of friends from camp and I will always have some of my best memories from camp. Ramaquois is a very special place.

    Benji (Alumnus – 23)

  • I love camp Ramaquois so much!! I love to look at all of the different pictures that were taken at the end of each week:) I had a great first week of camp this week! RAMA 2011 ROCKS!!!!!!

    Rachel N. (Camper – 10)

  • I have spent my last 8 summers at Ramaquois since I was 3 years old. It is just the best camp, I go back every summer.

    (Camper)

  • I cannot begin to express the wonderful atmosphere of Ramaquois. This past summer was my first, and certainly will not be my last. It was amazing to see my campers learn new things and smile everyday. I cherish my memories from last summer and am beyond excited for summer ’13. I’ve found my second home.

    Kate (Staff Member)

  • Such a good camp!

    Michael G. (Camper 8) 

  • My child has been at Ramaquois since the 3rd grade. This is her last year as a camper and she is already depressed about it. As a parent, the worst thing about this camp is that my daughter loved it so much and is so sad about leaving that it pains me to witness it. She tried a couple of sleep-aways a few times and enjoyed it but not enough to give up this camp. This is a great day camp with beautiful facilities. The memories are cherished and priceless. I envy all the new families with kids starting at Camp Ramaquois. It sure goes by way too fast.

    J (Parent)

  • I always have the best possible year!

    Maddie (Camper – 9)

  • I can not thank you enough, words could not express our joy and gratitude.  You and I have known one another going on our 3rd summer since Sydney started when she was three.  You and I became friendly right from the start when we had to arrange for her being the youngest and only harnessed child on the bus! You took care of everything she needed and all the arrangements and Sydney would eagerly jump into her seat with the harness that was waiting there for her each day the bus would show up!  For all that’s gone on for us this past year and for all the hardship and changes we have faced in our life there couldn’t be a more important time or more special gift than Ramaquois for our daughter.  Ramaquois is not just a camp to us but an extension of our family and has played such an important role in our’s and Sydney’s life.  Sydney is now five years old and Ramaquois has played such an important role in shaping her into the child she is today.  Ramaquois has had such an impact on who she is as a person.  It has taught her confidence, team building, goal setting and the social piece.  It has taught her about taking chances, trying new sports and to laugh and sing.  It has been everything and we see her development coming out after camp each summer.  Sydney is everything to us and Ramaquois is everything to her.  It really is.  Thank you for this beautiful gift you have given us.  We have every intention to return year after year!  Ramaquois is not only part  of our conversation and hearts in the summer but year round.

    Danielle (Sydney’s Mom)

  • I Love Camp Ramaquois and I miss my campers so much. I can’t wait to see all of you next summer.

    Lindsay (Staff Member)

  • My daughter is so excited for the summer! Always a blast at Ramaquois!!

    Maria (Parent)

  • This is the best camp in the history of camps!

    Jackson (Camper – 11)

  • Every person we met, division leaders, group leaders, counselors, bus driver and bus counselor, has a “special gift” to treat my children well. They couldn’t be better!

    Maria (Parent)

  •  My camp memories are incredible ones and I wouldn’t have my job today if it weren’t from a friendship from my Ramadays.

    Arthur and Natalie, you built an amazing place for lasting memories for a lifetime.. thank you!!!

    Lisa Katz (Alumna)

  • I love this camp, I also have a friend who would love to come next year and be in camp with me!

    Matthew E. (Camper – 10)

  • I love this camp!

    Sera P. (Camper – 8)

  • This was the best summer ever. Thank you for making my first summer camp experience so much fun. Can’t wait to do it again!

    Taylor (Camper)

  • Some of my best memories were created at Ramaquois in the 60s. Attaining Mt. Olympus, taking part in plays like Damn Yankees and Fiddler that we put on. The greatest staff and friends. Great times

    David Mesinger (Alumnus – 60)