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Posted July 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Tips to Get the Max out of Summer College Visits

The summer may seem like the perfect time for you and your family to visit college campuses. Unfortunately, many campuses are much less active in summer. Most college students return home, and colleges can very nearly seem abandoned or taken over by high school sports camps. But with a bit of advance planning, you can maximize your visit and at least have more information than you started with. A summer visit is better than never stepping foot on campus before you apply. Campus visits are a very important part of the college decision process. They allow you to gain a ...

Posted July 19, 2016, 9 a.m. by Ellen Wassif | View Comments
Therapeutic Programs: Learning the Language of DBT

When you are new to the world of teen therapeutic programs and schools, you have to learn a new language. Acronyms, jargon, metaphors – they can all sound foreign and confusing when you have a teen struggling with mental health issues or addiction. In addition to learning about diagnoses and programs, you may also be hearing recommendations to specific therapeutic options for teenagers. But as someone unfamiliar with therapeutic jargon, how do you understand the recommendation? Or whether it is right for you or your family member? Recently, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has gained popularity. And rightly so. DBT holds ...

Posted July 18, 2016, 9 a.m. by Gwyneth Findlay | View Comments
4 Things I Did In High School That Made College Easier

AP courses, year-round extracurriculars and community service look good on college applications. Incidentally, those activities also help you prepare for the demands of college. But some parts of college take a different kind of preparation. Sometimes, you’ll help yourself by doing things that colleges aren’t looking for specifically. Sometimes, the best ways to prepare won’t be visible on your college application or in your college essays at all. When I was in high school, I didn’t check off every box on the list of college preparation courses or join a new club every season. I did, however, take up some ...

Posted July 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Four rules for being an au pair on your gap year

Have you ever dreamed about living abroad or doing a gap year after high school, only to be held back financially? Before starting college at the University of Wyoming, Taylor Wyndell embarked on a great journey to Switzerland because she found work as an “au pair” taking care of a family’s children. This was to be the teen’s first trip to Europe. In her words, “I was afraid if I didn’t do it while I was young I wouldn’t ever do it.” Being an au pair is a great way to work during a gap year and still get to ...

Posted July 11, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10-tips-building-your-high-school-resume

Resumes are not just for adult job applicants. High school students applying to college, summer jobs and internships need resumes too. A well-written high school resume is more than just a list of accomplishments; it’s a snapshot or a picture of who you are and how you spend your time. A college admissions officer should be able to read your high school resume and get an idea of your interests, your educational background and your goals. If writing a resume seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. Most high school students struggle with writing a resume. Before you being, you may have ...

Posted July 7, 2016, 9:34 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Announcing TeenLife's 2016 Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services

It’s a tough job to find help for a teenager with mental health or addiction issues. It can leave parents and even educators feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Just the numbers are staggering. One in five of children age 13 to 18 has or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to data collected by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s why we publish TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services. Whether you are dealing with a long-term problem or a sudden crisis, we can link you with ...

Posted July 5, 2016, 11:09 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Starting the Common App early? Not so fast!

Applying to college used to be reserved for senior year. Now, with more and more students applying and the competitive nature of college applications, parents and students are searching for ways to get a jump-start during junior year and even earlier. The new Common App rollover feature allows students to use the information from one year to the next and, in theory, allows you to begin to work on the Common App as early as freshman year. At the least, you have a chance to review the separate sections of the application: the profile, family information, education resume, test scores, ...

Posted June 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
4 Reasons Why High School Summer Reading Matters

Many high school students dread summer reading. And even if your school requires it, you procrastinate getting it done until the very last moment. This summer, for the sake of your college applications, don’t. Here are four reasons why summer reading matters – and how you can make it work for you on your college applications and college essays. 1. Summer reading can limit summer slide. Summer slide refers to summer learning loss, which can happen when you don’t stay academically active during the summer. Your ease with reading – and even your overall school readiness – can drop during ...

Posted June 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
 10 Things I Learned When My Kids Took Gap Years

There are lots of reasons for your child to take a gap year. He’s worn out just from getting into college and needs a break before buckling down again. She needs more maturity to handle independence. He’s struggling with academics and needs to learn to manage time. She wants to find out if she really wants to be a veterinarian. As a parent, I’m a big fan of gap years or semesters before college. Two of my three children took a gap year, for reasons that were both similar and quite different. Both had been in boarding school and really ...

Posted June 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Pam Willsey | View Comments
 How To Help Our Girls Transition to College

As a college transition coach, I’ve seen the worry, excitement and anxiety of parents sending their daughters off to college. The hopeful optimism of “she’ll be fine,” mingled with the fear that comes from wondering what may really be going on … and what may be to come. And I’ve heard plenty of mixed feelings from the girls themselves, as they learn to navigate a brand new terrain that requires new levels of responsibility, intensity and problemsolving that are the hallmarks of transitioning from high school to college. Our daughters need our help You don’t have to look far to ...

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