Prior to their fall semester, entering first-year Opportunity Program participants attend a mandatory five-week summer residential program. During the summer bridge program, participants take introductory level courses in Chemistry, Calculus or Statistics, University Writing, Literature Humanities, Psychology and Physics courses, and skill-building workshops in order to prepare for the rigorous academic work required of Columbia students.
Meet the Residential Counselors!
Residential Counselors (RCs) play a vital role during the summer program with responsibilities that pertain to both the academic and social aspects of the Summer Bridge Program experience. They live in the residence hall with opportunity program participants and work closely with Academic Success Program staff to ensure safety and monitor student behavior. They are also responsible for overseeing daily activities, evening help rooms and all weekend activities.
Jasmine Akuffo (CC ’17) is a current sophomore in Columbia College, hailing from Chicago, IL. With plans to pursue a law degree, she is very much interested in aiding others through social justice as well as education and plans to major in Sociology/African-American Studies and Jazz Studies. She is a participant in groups such as the Multicultural Recruitment Committee and QuestBridge which work to inform youth about college and the opportunities that are available to them. For fun, she enjoys reading, writing, music and attending open mics.
Thomas Arbuckle II (CC ’17) is a sophomore in Columbia College from Jackson, Tennessee majoring in Music and Mechanical Engineering. He is very active in the theatre and student government communities here at Columbia. He is a trained bass-baritone and enjoys operatic repertoire. He enjoys watching tennis and soccer.
Samina Gagné (CC ’16) is an Art History and Architecture double major in the Columbia College Class of 2016. She currently lives in London, England. She enjoys exploring New York City in her spare time.
Yih-Jen Ku (SEAS ’16) is a rising junior in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science majoring in Applied Mathematics and Pre-Medical Studies. Born and raised in Nashua, NH and having gone to high school in Concord, MA, Yih-Jen is also a coxswain on Columbia's Lightweight Rowing team and a teaching assistant for the Mathematics Department. In his free time he likes to longboard, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Abdul Leite (SEAS ’15) is an Electrical Engineering major at Columbia University and an Atlanta, Georgia native. He has worked with Apple and Hikma Pharmaceuticals in the past, and while at Columbia, Abdul has been heavily involved in IEEE and CU Red Cross. One of his driving passions is travel, and he plans to visit all of the countries of the world at least once.
Emma Miller (CC ’16) is from Cottonwood Heights, Utah. She has since exchanged the excellent skiing for the urban topography of New York City. Emma is an English and Economics double major, with a particular fondness for Shakespeare and models of foreign aid. When she doesn’t have her nose in a play, Emma enjoys tutoring in Harlem, hiking in southern Utah, and attending musical performances in NYC.
Patricio Torres (SEAS ’17) is a rising sophomore in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is in the class of 2017 and plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is from Queens, New York and graduated from Aviation High School. In his spare time he enjoys reading and lap swimming.