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Posted Feb. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Considering College? Don’t Forget These Other Options

When my son was a high school senior he had no idea what he wanted to do after graduation. Since he was an average student, he felt college was not in the cards. Being involved in Junior ROTC throughout high school, he opted for the military instead of college. When he left for boot camp after graduation he was confident he had made the right decision. My daughter on the other hand, knew she wanted to go to college and where she wanted to go. When she graduated, she left for college content she had made the right decision. My ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
LifeLaunchr and TeenLife Announce Partnership

Now more families can afford tailored coaching, admissions, and scholarship advice for every high school student in the family at a fraction of the cost. Parents of high school students have a new, more affordable way to help their children successfully navigate the increasingly competitive and expensive college admissions process. LifeLaunchr, the post- secondary and college admissions coaching platform, and TeenLife, an online resource for academic and enrichment opportunities for teens, have launched TeenLife Coach, powered by LifeLaunchr. Instead of spending thousands of dollars for a private consultant, TeenLife Coach allows families to work with a virtual counselor at a ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 9:26 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Why You Need More Than One ‘Go To’ Friend Group

For the majority of my time in high school I had one group of friends who I hung out with. The group was me and four other guys I got along with pretty well. I knew a lot of other people of course, but these were the guys I called up on Friday night and who I regularly went skateboarding with after school. It was great to be close with these guys, but it wasn’t perfect. Let’s just put it this way: While it was great to be close with this group, I also felt a little like I was ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Dreaming of a STEM Career? You Need to Know This

On a chilly winter morning, students in a suburban Washington, D.C., middle school classroom are raising their hands to report their career choice, and their responses have changed from those from kids in those seats even five years ago. There are fewer future doctors, policemen, and veterinarians, and more than half say they want to be programmers, engineers, or are certain they want to work in a much-promoted STEM career. Common wisdom of late would say that’s good for the economy, the country and the kids themselves? But is this love affair with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) such ...

Posted Feb. 4, 2016, 9 a.m. by Jessica Zdunek | View Comments
How to Pick a College Minor and Why it's Important

Most people never consider a minor until their freshman or sophomore year of college, despite the fact they've often been thinking about a major for years already. Minors often completely overlooked - and they shouldn't be! Adding a minor has the potential to be an important part of your college experience, but what exactly is a minor, and do you actually need one? What's a college minor? Your major is the primary subject you'll study in college. Your minor is your secondary field of study, meaning you'll take multiple classes in this area but not quite as many as you ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 9:54 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Crank Up the WPM: Our Test of RSVP Readers

If you’re a decently fast reader, you can read, at most, at about 400 words per minute (WPM). (You can check how fast you read here.) So when I first started reading claims that programmers were developing new apps to help people read at 1,000 WPM, needless to say, I was skeptical. These apps seemed like gimmicks at best. When I tried the apps for myself, though, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The theory behind these so-called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) apps is that when we read, we waste a lot of time because our eyes constantly make unnecessary ...

Posted Feb. 2, 2016, 9:40 a.m. by Mary Bowen | View Comments
No Regrets: Why I Didn’t Choose the Same College As My Best Friend

One of the hardest things about choosing a college was rejecting my best friend. OK, I didn’t really reject her. I just didn’t go to the same school she went to, but at the time that’s what it felt like on both sides. I agonized over this decision and I tried to talk myself into liking her first-pick. It was a popular choice among kids in my high school and my mom loved it, too. But it simply wasn’t for me, and after having spent my high school years being that kid who kept her head down, went along with ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
FOMO? Use Our 3 Tools to Fight Peer Pressure

Learning how to deal with peer pressure is an important part of growing up. It’s a skill that is vital to living a comfortable life as an adult where you have to stand up to colleagues, friends, even politicians. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to deal with peer pressure now. Here are a few tips that have helped me overcome a lot of the difficulties around it. 1. Realize that giving into peer pressure is uncool. Only do something if you personally think it’s a good idea. Sometimes it’s OK to be influenced by friends if you ...

Posted Jan. 29, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Nab a Summer Job – and Make the Most of it.

Good summer jobs are hard to find, yet they’ve become increasingly important for high school students – for the money, experience, and your resume. With youth unemployment numbers at record highs, think about how you can improve your chances of getting a job and making the most of it. Here are some tips: 1. Start early, obviously. Like now. This gives you more time to explore all the options – and shows potential employers that you are forward-thinking and serious. The search process itself is a good project. Make a few contacts each week and set up a spot (physical ...

Posted Jan. 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Hurry! Check these 10 STEM Scholarships with February Deadlines

STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) are hot college degrees and students who pursue these careers have lots of scholarship help available. These are just 10 scholarships with February deadlines specifically for students pursuing those majors: Scholarship for Woodworking Manufacturing Students Amount: Up to $5,000 This scholarship is open to students planning to enroll in a wood science or wood technology program at an accredited two-year or four-year technical school, college or university. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2016 Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars Program Amount: $2,500 The applicant must be a graduating senior of a high school from one of the sponsoring ...

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