One of Second Baptist School’s newest upper school students, Sloane Harrison ‘23, spent her summer stepping outside of her comfort zone and pushing her mind to the limit at the Duke TIP Program - Duke West Campus.
According to their website, “The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.9 million academically talented students in grades 4–12 since it was founded in 1980. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with our program staff, educators, parents, and the greater gifted community.”
Sloane reflects on her experience:
“This summer, I took Duke TIP at the Duke West Campus. The class I enrolled in was Ethics and the Little White Lie, taught by Professor Blake Faulkner.
The first day I arrived, everyone was really friendly. All ‘TIPsters’ are assigned to a Resident Assistance Group, or RA Group. This is led by a counselor who usually is a college-age supervisor who has nightly meetings with the group of about ten to twelve people. One night per week the RA Group has a “RAG Night”, in which the group does a fun activity. Our RAG watched movies, spray painted and baked.
It was my professor’s first year teaching TIP students and he was used to teaching college students. Thus, he taught us exactly like he did his college students, which included a lot of reading assignments. I learned a lot about Kantian Ethics, Syllogisms and Societal Deviance.
As most groups do, our class, RA Group and other friend groups had a lot of inside jokes. While RA Groups and classes are great, what makes TIP so amazing are the people. I made more and deeper friendships during the span of three weeks than I have in my entire life. The great part of being around a lot of other people alike in interest and intellect is that they understand what you’re going through and have similar interests and passions. Even if not, you can share your differing opinions and hobbies and introduce them to each other.
Leaving is always an emotional experience, but I still remember and keep in contact with my friends from both years/campuses. The best part of Duke TIP is not the campuses, the food, the classes or activities - it’s the people you meet there.”
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