By Andrew Garsetti
As the second summer session at Tufts culminated in August, so too did The Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST) program. For the six weeks prior, the program's peer mentors�"Tufts undergraduate students Xiomara Garcia, Alexia Sanchez, Jared Smith, and Patrick Williams�"were busy preparing participants for success in their first year of college.
|Peer mentor Xiomara Garcia, center, celebrates the end of the BLAST program with participants Yesenia Vilaneva-Rodriguez and Jonathan Moore at the closing banquet. (Matthew Modoono for Tufts University)|
|BLAST mentors gather with BLAST staff at the banquet for the 2013 BLAST and BEST summer scholars programs in the Coolidge Room in Ballou Hall this August. Top, from left: BLAST Director Robert Mack; Mentors Jared Smith and Patrick Williams. Bottom, from left: Mentors Alexia Sanchez and Xiomara Garcia; BLAST staff members Kimberly Doan, Gabrielle Hernandez (Matthew Modoono for Tufts University)|
|Mentor Alexia Sanchez, left, congratulates BLAST participant Tenzin Chokki (Matthew Modoono for Tufts University)|