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Posted July 28, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
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Dane Seuss - Parzival Academy Why Did You Choose To Participate in This Program? I was looking for something that was unique and would benefit me in my day-to-day-life, how I react in situations, and how I perceive everything around me. How Did You Decide Which Program Was Right For You? The socio-entrepreneurial side was attractive to me, given that I wanted to build my music career, but the character development has been my biggest takeaway from Parzival Academy. What Was The Most Memorable Part of Your Program? All of the components coming together in the program has made me ...

Posted July 27, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
A stone gate at Northwestern University

Anna Brown - Northwestern Univeristy Center For Talent Development Why Did You Choose To Participate in This Program? The CTD Geometry class fostered my work ethic and my desire for learning, and while these aspects of myself still aren't as great as I make them out to be, they wouldn't be where they are without CTD's teaching. My teacher was very helpful in getting me through this class. At times, I struggled but my teacher was able to encourage me to keep going and I'm so glad that I did. How Did You Decide What Program Was Right For You? ...

Posted July 26, 2021, 2 p.m. by Sara-Jean Gilbert | View Comments
A jar full of coins is labeled "college"

The following TeenLife Blog features key information for students in the middle of their college application process. For more great resources, check out the presentations from the recent TeenLife LIVE College Prep Expo. Choosing the right college or university for you can be a stressful process, and paying for college can add to that stress. Anytime we add conversations about money to any process it becomes more stressful. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Truthfully, very few are comfortable with this conversation. Ready or not, it is time to start thinking about paying for college. It is so ...

Posted July 19, 2021, 2 p.m. by Chris Teare | View Comments
A Male and Female College Student Attend A Lecture With Other Students

The following TeenLife Blog features key information for students in the middle of their college application process. For more great resources, check out the presentations from the recent TeenLife LIVE College Prep Expo. When I was a college counselor in the Virgin Islands, I brought my students stateside to visit campuses. I thought it was a college tour. They showed me that it was also a shopping mall tour. In their honor, and for TeenLife, I offer a metaphor: selecting a college is going shopping in the biggest mall you’ve ever seen. You need to be in the right store ...

Posted July 12, 2021, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Five teenage students prepare for college around a circular table

10 Resources To Help You Prepare For College Admissions Applying to college can be one of the most stressful parts of a teenager's life. Deadlines, essays and financial considerations are just a few of the things that make the college admissions experience a difficult one, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that lots of teens have to do it while balancing their high school responsibilities at the same time. It’s difficult, for teens as well as parents, to make it through the college application process without a high amount of stress. Luckily though, there are lots of amazing resources ...

Posted June 30, 2021, 1:44 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
gap year

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in so many ways. Adults began to work from home and students (and their families) took on the challenge of remote/virtual schooling. Universities and colleges closed campuses to protect their staff, faculty, and students, which led many incoming freshmen wondering if starting school in the fall was the right step. College tuition was still full price but without any in-person classes, amenities, or excitement of on-campus classes and living, so is this the right time to take on so much debt? Instead, students are now considering alternatives, like working for a year or taking ...

Posted June 24, 2021, 1:38 p.m. by Matthew Carpenter | View Comments
college financial aid

With Fall just around the corner, incoming high school seniors are beginning their preparations for the college application process. Students will soon begin to narrow down their list of top schools to apply to, take note of college application due dates, and start completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile). College financial concerns and budgeting are one of the biggest hurdles they will face. Ahead of pressing the send button on a school application, here are four common financial mistakes college-bound students and families make that you should avoid: Mistake ...

Posted June 7, 2021, 3:10 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
summer programs

Had enough of the same routine? Whether it’s distance learning, socially distanced visits with friends, or missing out on that special summer adventure, most of us can agree: it’s time for a change. If you want to spend your summer coding, learning a new language, or embracing your inner-self, then check out some of these (still open) summer programs we list below. We went further to break them down by category and whether they are in-person, virtual, or both. A Bit of Everything Academics Arts Business Career Exploration Community Service Language Leadership Mental Health & Well-Being STEM Writing and Journalism ...

Posted June 7, 2021, 1:52 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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As the world of education goes increasingly virtual, events and fairs are too. This is great news for families with teens because there is no travel involved - and most of these virtual events are free to attend by parents and students. Our team at TeenLife is on the lookout and will share the most interesting fairs, panel discussions, webinars that are taking place in the weeks and months ahead in this blog. Be sure to bookmark this post! We will also share a link in our monthly newsletter, so sign up if you are not already on our email ...

Posted June 3, 2021, 10 a.m. by Dr. Aviva Legatt | View Comments
how to pick a college

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on college admissions and May 1’s National Decision Day, with selective colleges shutting out thousands more qualified applicants this year, longer than ever college waitlists, and a sense of unknown regarding on-campus safety in the wake of Covid-19. In my recent conversation with Leslie Davidson, vice president for enrollment at Beloit College on my podcast, College Admissions Real Talk, we shared strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time. Q: What are some strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time? A: Davidson suggests looking up the campus’s Covid-19 ...

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