Much more than a workshop for college essay writing, Nalukai Academy's Summer Program for College Applicants offers intensive experiences that help participants understand their own uniqueness, strengths, and challenges as they prepare for the exciting next chapter in their academic and personal journeys. Led by experienced and inspirational educators and college-aged team leaders, students will develop a thorough understanding of not only the college application process but also what an undergraduate education offers, as well as some of the challenges it presents. Discovering their own distinctiveness through exploring Hawaii's rich natural and cultural resources alongside other young scholars allows students to develop self-reflectiveness, team building skills, and confidence that will serve them in the college application process and in college.