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Posted Jan. 17, 2017, 2:21 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Gap Year Advisors

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, you might feel like there are a lot of possible directions – and you’d be right. “There are thousands and thousands of options out there,” says Jason Sarouhan, vice president of The Center for Interim Programs. “Not all of them are created equally, and certainly not all of them are reputable or are going to provide you with a safe experience, let alone an experience that you’re going to find valuable.” So how do you narrow things down? Maybe you need a gap year advisor. Gap year advisors (also called counselors or ...

Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 4:54 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
ivy league summer programs

Whether or not a degree from an Ivy League college is in your future, there’s a way to get a taste of life in the Ivies. The eight Ivy League schools are among the oldest, most prestigious and most competitive schools in the country – and most of them have extensive summer programs available to high school students. “The students who come to these programs are students who are really academically engaged,” says Bill Holinger, director of Harvard Summer School’s Secondary School Program. “Like Harvard in general, one of our great strengths is the academics: the courses, the faculty, the ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2017, 5:47 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
Boarding school independence

Summer break provides ample opportunity for fun. But if you want to improve a lagging grade, get ahead on course credits, hone a talent or practice living independently, you might consider spending part of your off-time in a teen summer program at a boarding school. There are 231 college-prep and junior boarding schools that offer summer programs, according to Boarding School Review. Many in the United States welcome a mix of domestic and international students and teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to help students from overseas integrate into the American experience and culture. Some students use the programs ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2017, 5:32 p.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Teen Study

It is that time again: You need to study. You already know to avoid cramming and to get a good night’s sleep before your test. But there are seven less-common study techniques that will increase your efficiency and up your game. Some of them will even help when you’re filling out those last college applications or coming down to the wire on college essays. 1. Rotate through multiple study locations. Although you may know that choosing the correct study spot can help you concentrate on the task at hand, did you also know that it can be even more helpful ...

Posted Dec. 29, 2016, 2:03 p.m. by Claire Ashmead | View Comments
gap year china

A gap year allows you to slow down, check up on yourself and ask what it is that really matters to you. I began my gap year by making a map of myself. I was sitting outside a noodle house in the small village of Shaxi in Yunnan Province. It was late September, and I had finally realized that I was taking a gap year not just to practice my Chinese but also because I felt profoundly lost. This was reflected in the archipelago I drew to represent my mind: a Land of Curiosity, an Isle of Ambivalence and a ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2016, 4:29 p.m. by Dr. Vikram Tarugu | View Comments
teen addiction

No one likes to think that their teen is addicted to drugs. It can destroy families and have a devastating impact on your teen's future well-being. If you find yourself in this unenviable position, follow these intervention steps, and be ready to seek guidance from someone with professional training right away. Step One: Help Your Teen Admit There is a Problem You can’t really solve this kind of a problem if both sides aren’t committed to solving it. If your teen doesn’t acknowledge the problem or thinks “it isn’t a big deal,” you won’t get very far towards the solution. ...

Posted Dec. 20, 2016, 3:03 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
gap guide

It takes a lot of hard work to get into college, and it’s a big financial commitment. Those are both good reasons to take the time to discover more about yourself and the world before diving back into academics. If you’re thinking of taking a gap year or semester, our 2017 Guide to Gap Year Programs is the perfect tool for exploring your options and planning your time, or finding an independent advisor who can help you. Research shows that college-bound students benefit enormously by taking a break between high school and college and that time out from academics helps ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2016, 4:04 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
teen stress homework junior

Like other parents, Elena Selivan often wondered if her daughter Nikita, a junior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., was really doing her homework or just twiddling her thumbs, listening to music and Snapchatting in her room after school. But an important realization struck one day when Nikita wanted to go out with friends, and Elena balked. “When have I ever not done my work?” Nikita asked. “I realized (high school kids) are working so hard, and we as parents don’t see it. We only see a selection of it: their grades,” says Selivan. “They’re dealing with sports, grades, ...

Posted Dec. 13, 2016, 2:24 p.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
boarding school dorm

Sometimes going to boarding school doesn’t mean leaving home - or, at the least, going far away. Many boarding schools welcome day students and/or allow local students to live on campus. (Some, like the Groton School in Groton, Mass., only occasionally let local students live in the dorms ). So, if you want the advantages of private boarding school, but aren’t sure you want to be far from home, look at what’s offered within an easy commute. Then, decide if you want to stick to the comforts of home or pack up your belongings and move into the dorm. It’s ...

Posted Dec. 8, 2016, 2:32 p.m. by Amy Williams | View Comments
Gap year application tips

Are you thinking about taking a gap year between high school and college? Teachers, parent, and friends may have advised you to apply to college and then ask to defer admission for a year once you are accepted. But, this strategy doesn’t work for everyone. After all, getting into a university is intensely competitive, so there’s no guarantee you will get into the school of your dreams straight out of high school. And some high school graduates may want to take time off to figure out their finances or decide if college is the appropriate next step. Regardless of the ...

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