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Resilience: The Science of Grit and Overcoming

Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th Pre-College Summer 2024
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Learn more about this program!


Course Description

Resilience: The Science of Grit and Overcoming

In Resilience: The Science of Grit and Overcoming, Eastern’s residential psychology course for high school students, future scientists will examine the human psyche. This interactive week will find students conducting mini-experiments to better understand how humans overcome obstacles, and it will touch on biological, psychological, and sociocultural sources of strength. Students will work together to create their own success plans, all the while enjoying the company of other like-minded psychology-enthusiasts!

Open to students entering Grades 10, 11, or 12 this fall.

Meet the Professor

Dr. T. Caitlin Vasquez-O'Brien

Dr. T. Caitlin Vasquez-O'Brien is a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in the Psychology Department, with a specialization in Developmental Psychology. She teaches courses in Psychology of Childhood and Research Methods, just to name a few. Her research interests include Child social-emotional development, Sibling relations and the family context, and Gender role development in early childhood. Her most recent publication was in 2021 where she studied the effects of individual toxic behavior on team performance in League of Legends. 



Draft Class Schedule

Schedule is Subject to Change

Introduction to Psychology

How do we study human behavior?

What is stress?

Learning to think like a behavioral scientist


Working with our Biology

Learn about the stress-response system

The human brain, unveiled

Twin studies


Crank up the Resilience

What is positive psychology and resilience

Plan out your life

Identify your challenges


Mindfulness and Culture

The practice of mindfulness meditation

Culture and society

Vision boards


Actualizing our Futures

Finalize success plans

Present work on resilience and overcoming 

Schedule at a Glance

Weekly Schedule Monday thru Friday
8:30am - 9am  Breakfast
9:15am - 12:15pm Class
12:15pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 1:50pm Optional Activities
2pm - 4pm Class or Workshop
4pm - 5pm Free Time
5pm - 5:45pm Dinner
6pm - 9pm Social Programming
10pm Room Checks

2pm - 4pm Closing Ceremony on Friday