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Posted March 27, 2017, 3 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
There are careers in the arts like make-up artist where your performing arts degree will allow you to earn money.

Visit the American art meccas: New York, Los Angeles, Cotuit. OK, so Cotuit, a sleepy village on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, isn’t quite up there with the Big Apple and LA, but it is home to a bustling community arts center. It serves as proof that you don’t need to be a Broadway singer or a movie star to make a living with a degree from a visual or performing arts program. “If you can find employment in the field you love, you’ll have no idea where it can take you,” says David Kuehn, executive director of the Cotuit Center ...

Posted March 21, 2017, 1:26 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
summer-camp

I remember going to summer camp when I was a teenager. It was a great time to meet new people, try new things, and get away from home for a while! We lived in cabins in the redwood forests of California, ate in the camp’s mess hall at long tables, and took part in activities like archery and a ropes course in the trees. I enjoyed my time, but I was also nervous. I didn’t know anyone and I hadn’t spent much time away from home before then. The good news is, I didn’t need to be nervous, and neither ...

Posted March 16, 2017, 12:49 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
stem-careers

Chemistry is one of the most incredible fields of study today. For thousands of years, alchemists attempted to turn lead into gold. Spells, incantations, and ground-up leaves were the most trusted medication. Over the past 150 years the field of chemistry has (literally) exploded, causing waves of change in every aspect of society. If you love chemistry, you are incredibly lucky. Your timing couldn’t be better for an exciting, fulfilling, world-altering career. Chemistry touches every aspect of human life today, from how we live, work, heal, fly, and even travel into space. If you love chemistry, you can explore the ...

Posted March 14, 2017, 3:58 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
boarding-school-value

Is boarding school worth the expense? TeenLife asked parents of boarding school students and the answer was a resounding “yes!” It’s not easy for many parents to consider boarding school. Students may be nervous about living away from home. Parents may be concerned that they won’t see their child every day. And college costs loom on the horizon. We spoke to parents who sent their children to boarding school to find out if the investment was worthwhile. All felt that this decision contributed to their child’s success in college and beyond, not only through academics, but by fostering independence and ...

Posted March 14, 2017, 3:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
college-resume

Your high school resume is more than a list of academics and activities. Your resume can show a college that you are not only involved and committed to academics, but you are engaged in life and committed to exploring new opportunities. These are the qualities colleges look for in a well-rounded applicant. The college essay allows you to focus on one topic; the high school resume sums up all you are and helps colleges get an overall picture of how you can contribute to their student population. Here are six ways you can boost your resume and stand out in ...

Posted March 9, 2017, 7 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
7 Questions to Ask an Independent College Advisor

The decision to hire an independent college advisor is a difficult one. It’s extra time and money on top of whatever college counseling your student’s school may offer. But some students need the personal attention, whether it’s help organizing their high school resume, polishing a college essay or picking schools that are interesting and appropriate. Once you make the decision to hire an independent college advisor, you should know what questions to ask possible candidates before you start the college admissions process. Here are seven questions to ask before you hire an independent college advisor. Do you provide a preliminary ...

Posted March 7, 2017, 2 p.m. by Joshua Caleb Collins | View Comments
Catapult Ideas is a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students.

Will you have the skills needed to be successful in a rapidly changing world? Do you see solutions for problems others don’t? Are you driven to add to positive change in this world to create real impact? Have you ever thought about starting a business or joining a startup? You might be a young innovator or entrepreneur with potential for greatness. I’m the Founder and CEO of Catapult Ideas, a 10-week summer startup incubator for high school students looking to develop a mindset and skills for solving real world problems. I’m a young entrepreneur myself and have mentored top young ...

Posted March 6, 2017, 2 p.m. by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | View Comments
You can study language immersion at Concordia Language Villages.

As anyone who has done it will tell you: learning another language isn’t easy. You have to put in effort over a long period of time when progress often seems slow. So it’s not surprising that many teens either never start (assuming they are even given the option in school) or drop it after just a year or two. Either is a mistake. Learning a foreign language is good for your brain and your future earning power. And it can be fun, especially if you go to a summer language program where you’ll meet other teens interested in becoming fluent. ...

Posted March 4, 2017, 9 a.m. by Courtney Coelho | View Comments
9 Awesome Things You Could Be Doing This Summer At Brown

With nearly three months of school-free time over the summer, the possibilities seem endless. You could tap into your sense of adventure by trying a new activity or traveling abroad, exercise your scholarly side by exploring a topic you’ve always been interested in, or work your social networking skills by meeting students from all over the country and the world with diverse backgrounds and interests. Or do all of the above and more through one of Brown University’s Pre-College Summer Programs. With multiple sessions that last from one to seven weeks, Brown’s Pre-College Summer Programs include more than 300 courses ...

Posted March 2, 2017, 3:05 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
summer-college-credit

Are you thinking of spending part of your precious summer in a summer academic program for teens? If so, congratulations. You’re making an important commitment to your future, especially if you’re looking at summer programs that offer college credit. There are several ways to get college credit over the summer while still in high school. You could take an online course or take a class at the local community college - both of those are convenient and usually affordable options. But neither lets you experience what it’s like to live on a college campus, to be responsible for yourself away ...

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