Last week, Quest campus came alive through class discussions, lunch time chatter, library studying, and even some Adventure Pursuits! Nope, classes still haven’t started quite yet. Last weeks’ liveliness was due to Quest’s annual Summer Scholars and Renew Your Quest programs. Summer Scholars is for high school students in grades 10-12, some of which are trying to decide where they want to go to university. Renew Your Quest is for adult life-long learners interested in experiencing a taste of what Quest education has to offer. Both programs allow the public to stay in the campus residences and get a better feeling for the culture of the classes and community here at Quest. It was so much fun having all new faces around this otherwise ghost-town campus. The programs can be valuable for those wanting to know more about our philosophy and what students would appreciate our program, or anyone just wanting to dive headfirst into stimulating topics and passionate discussions for an entire week.
With David Helfand’s time as President quickly coming to an end, one of the of course most popular classes this year was his Renew Your Quest class called Global Warming: What we know and what we don’t know. Students and adults alike travel from all over the country, the continent, and the world, to experience these programs, ranging from ages 15-70. One young woman, Heather, who was participating in David’s Renew Your Quest class, stated “This event was even more fun than I imagined it would be!” Of course, the dinners at David’s apartment, the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, Bowen Island, and Whistler didn’t hurt either.
Students participating in the Summer Scholars can come during three different weeks in July, with five different classes and topics to choose from. They can come as early as their sophomore year and get the full on-campus experience to help decide whether Quest is right for them. Furthermore, if Summer Scholars participants choose to apply and come to Quest, they are automatically awarded a scholarship towards their four years of tuition. It’s wonderful seeing so many young people participating in what can be a rather intimidating program and testing what the university life has to offer, and it was easy to see strong friendships quickly forming among the groups.
We’d love to have you join us next year for either our Summer Scholars or our Renew Your Quest program! If you have any questions about either, please feel free to contact Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.