See what some past THINKers had to say about their experience, and where they attend(ed) school.
“It provided a college-like experience.” -- 2012, 2013 THINKer.
I was challenged and thought outside the box. Mostly good to be around other ambitious, intelligent students! You get a taste of what that's like- to have real competition.” -- 2006, 2007 THINKer; Dartmouth College
“It exposed me to challenging material and taught me how to push myself in a college setting. THINK continues to be one of the formative experiences of my youth; not only did it really help me grow academically; it was a really great social experience. I'd definitely recommend it.” -- 2011 THINKer; University of British Columbia
“THINK gave me another experience completing complex assignments on a deadline, and learning how to manage my time between extracurriculars. The experience of living in a dorm, with a person I'd never met, was invaluable in preparing me for college. Same with eating in a dorm, and getting used to that experience. It was an amazing experience, and I was sorry not to be able to attend a second time. Even 7 years later, I still remember my time in the THINK program with fondness.” -- 2007 THINKer; University of Chicago & University of Southern California
“I had a really great time at THINK, and have made many lasting friendships and. I really enjoyed my courses and the teachers that taught them. So thank you for a memorable and worthwhile three weeks!” -- 2014 THINKer
“It prepared me fully for a wide range of social situations I encountered in my undergrad. It allowed me to get the college experience in a very caring environment that enforces the importance of academic and social intelligence.” -- 2009, 2010 THINKer; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University & University of California, Los Angeles
“[From THINK] I knew how to work with a roommate and had experience away from home. It is definitely a good experience for young people to get prepared for college. It gives them a leg up.” -- 2011, 2012 THINKer; University of Illinois
“Good way of learning to live with a roommate, take classes at a college campus, etc.” – 2007 THINKer; California Institute of Technology & Columbia University
“Gave me that somewhat freer environment, and the feel of being on an actual college campus and being put with a bunch of people I've never met before, and working with them and also playing and enjoying time with them while making new and lasting friendships. The amazing experiences you get interacting with and learning with kids from all across the nation who are just as motivated and ready to work as you are! Plus getting to go way out west for three weeks.” – 2011 THINKer; United States Military Academy
“It was my first time feeling autonomous, I was away from home and learned that I was self-sufficient.” -- 2012 THINKer; Dartmouth College
“Because it's a great way to meet great, like-minded people. I'm still in touch with many of my THINK friends.” -- 2010, 2011 THINKer; Smith College
“If I could keep going to THINK every year, I would.” -- 2010, 2011, 2012 THINKer; Haverford College
“The [Program Assistants] were amazing. They were all nice to me, and were very helpful with my homework when I didn't understand something, and with making sure everyone was there, and just in general. They were very friendly and easy to talk to, and they constantly were checking on us to make sure we were doing fine.” -- 2014 THINKer
Started in 1999, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.