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Posted Jan. 18, 2019, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
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A stay at a residential treatment center can be life-changing for a teenager, but the work doesn’t end when a child comes home. “Completing rehab is just the beginning. Adjusting after the return is a big challenge for everyone involved – the teenagers, the parents, the rest of the family,” says Tina Muller, family wellness manager at Mountainside Treatment Center, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center in Canaan, Conn. Parents should begin doing their own work while the child is away, she says. LOOKING FOR HELP? GET OUR TEEN THERAPEUTIC GUIDE “Start building a network that you can rely ...

Posted Jan. 16, 2019, 8 a.m. by Monica Matthews | View Comments
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Online scholarship search and matching sites abound on the Internet, but signing up for each and every one of them is a huge mistake that can lead to student frustration and angst. Why? Because there are thousands upon thousands of scholarship opportunities available to students, but unfortunately a great majority of them are drawings or contests designed to gather personal information and use it to promote student loans and sell student data. Once students have signed up and agreed to have scholarships emailed to them, their inboxes will be inundated with offers, and wading through them to find legitimate or ...

Posted Jan. 14, 2019, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wasn’t talking about college admissions, but it certainly applies. By late December, the Early Decision answers have come in. If you were blessed, your student will be on cloud nine being accepted to their first-choice college. If you are like many parents and students, the lack of an admissions offer will be devastating. A friend of mine experienced the bad news last year right before Christmas. It rocked her world because her son was a legacy and had impeccable test scores and grades. But it was ...

Posted Jan. 12, 2019, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wake Forest University: Lydia Richard

Lydia Richard spent part of her summer studying sports marketing in Wake Forest’s Summer Immersion Program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? When I saw the information on this camp, I knew that it would broaden my knowledge about the things I love. The things I love include watching sports, playing sports, and meeting new people. I also wanted to be a part of something where I would meet new people and make new friendships. Friendships allow you to make memories and learn the experiences of others throughout everyone’s lives. How did you decide which program ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2019, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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There are so many things teenagers need to learn that will not come from come from books or a classroom teacher or even sports: How to be a good friend. How to have confidence. How to take positive risks. How to pay attention to the present. How to ignore ridicule. How to advocate for yourself. How to have empathy for others. It’s nice think that parents teach many of those “soft” skills. But, as parents we are often painfully aware that we are the last people on earth our teens want to hear from now. So where can middle- and ...

Posted Jan. 7, 2019, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Campuses: Trinity Caldwell

Trinity Caldwell studied Spanish with EF International Language Campuses in Costa Rica. What made you want to study Spanish abroad? I knew that a Spanish program was right for me. I have always loved that language and was very inspired by my Spanish teacher during freshman year. I wanted to learn as much as I could quickly, and when I saw the EF Intensive course on my university’s study abroad page, it seemed like a good fit for me. What was a typical day like in your language program? I wake up at 6 and have breakfast with my host ...

Posted Jan. 5, 2019, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Andover Summer: Matthias Reichard

Matthias Reichard spent part of his summer at Andover Summer at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program and what made you choose Andover Summer? I chose Andover Summer for one big reason: academic excellence, in every sense of the word – whether in its teachers, classes or students. Coming from Germany, I was looking for a program that would challenge me, while also providing an opportunity to connect with students from all over the world. The stories I heard from my older brother were enough to convince me to apply, and ...

Posted Jan. 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MassArt Summer Studio: Brianna Florio

Brianna Florio spent part of her summer in the Summer Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Why did you choose to participate in Summer Studios? I knew I wanted to do a pre-college program, but I didn’t think I’d ever be able to because of money. My junior year I discovered MassArt, filled out the application for Summer Studios and was awarded a scholarship for the program! I knew I wanted to go to art school my whole life but had never had proper art classes because I couldn’t afford them. How did you decide ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
American University: Sami Pye

Sami Pye spent part of her summer in Washington, D.C., with American University’s Discover the World of Communication program. How did you find out about AU’s Discover the World program? I discovered DWC in the middle of the night surfing the web during my sophomore year. I had spent several summers at traditional sleep-away camps, and while I loved being away from my normal life during the summer months, the activities never clicked with me. I wanted to find a program with activities specific to my interests. I know many people do pre-college programs with their future secondary education in ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Centers: Amanda Barger

Amanda Barger spent part of her summer in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with EF International Language Centers. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I knew that an overnight program in a foreign country was exactly what I wanted to do. I knew that seeing all aspects of life in another country would be beneficial to my learning experience. I believe that experiencing everything from breakfast to a midday snack to dinner is essential to learning about the people and culture of a country. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I knew ...

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