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Immersive Summer Camps at Hamline


Amaya Mims of Roseville Area High School didn’t know much about networking-- until she attended Hamline University’s Number Boot Camp. 

This week-long summer camp, where students gained critical skills based on what their personal interests and goals were, is one of many engaging camps that Hamline University offers each year.

 Student participants from across the metro area were immersed in educational workshops, hands-on learning opportunities, and went on field trips unique to what their camp specialized in.

Hosted by the Hamline University School of Business, the Numbers Rule Bootcamp concluded on Friday, June 15. The week of June 18-24 saw the Young Writers Workshop, put on by the Creative Writing Programs, and the Mock Trial Camp, hosted by the Legal Studies Department.

At Numbers Boot Camp, students from groups that are underrepresented in college and accounting and finance fields developed proposals for businesses for presentation to a panel of experts. The business ideas drew from the students’ lives and interests. Ideas included three fitness gyms, a restaurant, a karaoke center, a soccer camp, a health empowerment center for seniors, a mobile movie theater, and a mobile car mechanic.

Along the way students learned accounting principles and how to navigate spreadsheets to create income statements. Financial literacy was also part of the curriculum. Hamline faculty members provided lectures on taxes, the importance of saving for retirement and the differences between stocks and bonds.

Off campus, the students visited Abbot Downing and Baker Tilly, firms that helped sponsor the program, and Price Waterhouse Cooper. The trips provided opportunities to informally chat with employees.

“The most valuable thing I learned was the importance of leaving a good impression and how to build a network,” said Amaya Mims. Amaya learned about the boot camp from her College Possible coach.

Students from the Young Writers Workshop Day Camp were also able to explore the literary Twin Cities when they went to Gold Medal Park first to enjoy a provided lunch, then to The Loft Literary Center where they were guided through a tour of the historical building. They were able to listen to a panel from Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit book publisher based in Minneapolis. Students were able to ask questions and talk with the employees as they pleased.

During the rest of the week, young writers participated in a nonfiction workshop, two poetry workshops, and collaborated with one another and the two Hamline students helping with the program, Juniors Lauren Stretar and Madelaine Formica. Award-winning author and Hamline Adjunct Professor Emma Bull, Professor of Practice Pat Francisco, and alumnus Brandon Meland, MFA ‘18, helped to lead the workshops.

“It was really helpful working with Emma Bull, because I was unsure about my writing and she helped me gain confidence and the knowledge I needed to further my skills,” said Eagan High School student Austin Malbert.

Over in the Legal Studies Department, participants at the Mock Trial Camp split up into four teams, each led by at least two Hamline student coaches, and prepared for the mock trial which occurred at the end of the week. Several classroom activities helped prepare them to experience what a real trial would be like. They completed cross examination exercises, learned the rules of evidence, chose a witness for their case, and gained important public speaking knowledge.

“The key components we try to teach the students are the tools for critical thinking, making them ask, ‘What is the next logical question?’” explains Hamline alumna Israel Wilson ‘18, who was on the Mock Trial Team during her time at Hamline and one of the coaches of the camp teams. “We help them develop skills for speaking on trial that are very conversational and human, which helps the jury to listen to their case.”

Participants also enjoyed a night out and attended a Twins game in Minneapolis.

Summer vacation is a great time to explore old interests and discover new ones. These speciality summer camps are a fun way to learn more through hands-on activities, make new friends, and dive into all that Hamline University has to offer.