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Posted July 19, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Theatre School at DePaul University: Garrett Young

Garrett Young is studying acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. I chose DePaul for so many reasons, but I’ll list a few of them: Chicago is hands down the greatest city to study theater, the artistic community here is rich and vibrant; seeing professors and alumni work on phenomenal shows inspires me. The conservatory training here is intense. I wanted a school that was going to push me miles outside of my habitual sweet spots, and my teachers don’t let me get away with any bull. 100 percent of admitted Theatre School students receive a scholarship, and that ...

Posted July 18, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Arizona College of Fine Arts: Delphine Chang

Delphine Chang is studying dance at the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. How did you discover your passion for dance? Dance plays a significant role in many cultures. I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, surrounded and inspired by the city’s magnetic energy and vibrant culture. I was mesmerized by the dancing in traditional festivals, which ultimately spurred my love for this art form. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love how a performance can mean something different to everyone. The presence of ambiguity in many creations is what excites and inspires me. That said, I have always ...

Posted July 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? I knew from a young age that I was the happiest with a sketchbook and pencil in hand. Outside of class, I would always be drawing and painting, to the point of receiving paint kits and sketchbooks for holiday presents instead of toys or games. I knew I wanted to pursue art as a career when I was in my first year of college at a university, studying something far from creative. During class I ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music.

Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music. What first got you interested in music? Classical music was an immediate attraction of mine from a very young age. You could often find me mindlessly plucking at the keys of a piano. My parents had no musical skills, but enrolled me in piano lessons and helped foster what desires I naturally expressed. As time passed, I joined my school’s choir and band programs. My time in these programs encouraged and developed my vision for a career in music education. What do you like best about ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Every October, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus hosts a Science Carnival. Students at the two-year residential school dress in white lab coats and conduct scientific experiments in chemistry, biology and physics for more than 1,000 elementary grade students from nearby schools. It’s just one of the ways the school provides outreach to other teachers and students in the hope that younger children will become excited about the possibilities of science. MSMS is one of a growing number of schools to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). STEM schools provide innovative learning experiences that help ...

Posted July 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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There are several ways you can set yourself apart academically from your peers. One common way to do this is by taking Advanced Placement courses and exams during your high school career. Before you enroll in an AP course, however, read through these Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you’ve considered everything before finalizing your decision. There are several factors to consider other than simply being “smart enough” for one of these classes. What is the difference between an AP course and regular course offered at my school? There are two main differences between regular and AP classes: The curriculum ...

Posted July 10, 2018, noon by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Frustrated teenage woman working at a laptop computer on college applications.

Join a group of parents whose students are getting college admissions letters and you’re going to hear the same conversations. Some are elated, others are confused, and many are disappointed. I guarantee you that the elated parents have students who took the time to research the college and made sure they were at the top of the applicant pool when they applied. The confused and disappointed parents more than likely have students who applied to elite colleges with little hope of being offered admission or little hope of being able to afford it if their students were accepted. It seems ...

Posted June 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
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While you’re dreaming of all the things you can do this summer, pencil in one more: community service. Was that a groan? It shouldn’t be. Summer, when you don’t have homework or as many other commitments, is a great time for teens to volunteer, even if it’s just an hour a week. Whether you’re working or going to camp or taking a pre-college summer course, there are ways to squeeze in a few hours to do something for somebody else. Why should you bother? There are several reasons: Community service is good for the community, but it’s also good for ...

Posted June 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Violet Englebert is a student at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse

Violet Englebert is studying musical theater at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. What made you decide to study musical theater? When I was a senior in high school I did not think that I would ever end up a musical theater major. I loved singing and I had been in every production at my school since sixth grade, but when I thought about what my future was going to look like, no matter how much I loved theater and the arts it just didn’t seem like a viable option for me. What attracted you to the University of Wisconsin ...

Posted June 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Afro-american woman in computer programming class and smiling

Far more men than women major in the computer sciences, and Gloria Childress Townsend, professor of computer science at DePauw University in Indiana, thinks she knows why. “Ask a young girl to draw a computer scientist, and she draws a male caricature dressed in a white coat and wearing thick glasses,” she said. “There isn’t a clear, accurate picture in the media of the types of IT careers one can have that involve people and engaging ideas.” Women miss out when they don’t consider majoring in computer science, she said. “Young women can take any interest – art, business, health ...

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