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Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
Why Girls Need the RIGHT Role Models to be Interested and Excel in STEM

Girls interested in STEM often face an uphill battle, and need all the support they can get to foster their curiosity, which is why positive role models are essential. However, perhaps we are barking up the wrong tree when we assume that they will be inspired by women who are both glamorous and successful in STEM? The Distorted View of STEM It’s no secret that impressionable young girls have a seriously distorted view of STEM-related careers, often perceiving them as male-only professions, or just for dowdy, unfeminine women. These stereotypical views are wide-spread and have a detrimental effect on getting ...

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 9 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Top 5 Tips for Finals

Finals week is approaching here in high school, and if your mind can survive it, then your dominant hand surely will too—though after a long essay and two open responses, you may not be so sure! Believe it or not, finals don’t have to be so daunting. With five simple tips, any student, from the studious, 4.0 GPA wonder to the ceaseless procrastinator to, well, me, can triumph over the evil that is finals week and emerge victorious for the next two months until school begins once again. Top 5 Tips for Finals 1. You have a wand Those of ...

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 10 a.m. by Lion's Heart | View Comments
Lion's Heart Community Service for Teens

A young man by the name of Spencer Corwin was about to begin his 7th grade year in school. He wanted to volunteer in Orange County, California, but didn’t know where to get started. He found a lot of organizations for teen girls to get involved in the community, but he couldn’t find much out there for boys. So he decided to change that. Spencer and his mother, Terry Corwin, recognized the importance of giving back, so they worked together to create Lion’s Heart. Lion’s Heart offers teenagers a special connection with their communities by providing volunteer and leadership opportunities ...

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
The Waiting Game

After months of preparation, your teen has finished all of their college applications and pressed the “send” button. Being done with the application process, and all the work it entails, entitles teens to breathe a sigh of relief. Now that their applications are in the hands of the college admissions offices, there is nothing more they can do but wait. Or is there? What should teens be doing (or not doing) while they wait to hear back from colleges? Stay Calm The best advice for teens is to stay calm. Lisa Sohmer, Director of College Counseling for the Garden School, ...

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teen mental health

Normal teenage behavior can send most parents running for the hills: rudeness, untidiness, moodiness, rebellion, and a chip on their shoulder the size of Mount Everest, are all part and parcel of raising a teen. However, what if these are merely an indication of something more serious going on? Stroppy Behavior or Something Else? Mental health problems in teens are often slow to be diagnosed, and this is probably partly because most parents expect to see some degree of erratic and moody behavior from their adolescents, and so early signs of a mental illness are written off as normal teenage ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 10 a.m. by Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D. | View Comments
homework motivation

Homework completion is a perennial source of strife in households these days. There are many competing and contradictory views of the role and importance of homework, but most can agree that homework provides the school-age child a chance to develop independent living skills such as time-management, persistence and stamina, and establishing that work/play balance that is beneficial in adulthood. Most parents report to me that they are tired of having to push their child to do their homework. Parents are worried, as well, that if their child cannot complete homework on their own that they will not be able to ...

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
interview tips for teens

Whether teens are looking for a summer internship or full time employment, an interview may be the key to getting the position they cover. But according to Sharon Cohen, co-partner of Career Quarterback, three out of seven candidates do not know how to properly prepare for an interview. Says Cohen, “Many young adults need help developing interview and presentation skills.” Here are 10 Tips on How Teens Can Put Their Best Foot Forward Before The Interview Understand the Company and the Job Do online research and become familiar with both the company as a whole and the specific job being ...

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 10:04 a.m. by Eddy Zhong | View Comments

It’s common to think that college, summer internships, or that first full-time job will provide the answer to the question “What am I going to be when I grow up?”. However, more often than not, rather than directly answer this question, college, internships, and entry-level jobs miss the mark. These experiences can often be more focused on theoretical classroom knowledge (college) or represent the “luck of the draw” of the hiring needs of a company (internship, first-time job). The outcomes of these traditional approaches are based more on happenstance than a methodical way for people to discover how to do ...

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
sportsmanship in teens

This past month, a California High School girls’ basketball game received a lot of media attention. The Arroyo Valley HS team (one of the better team’s in the region with a 15 to 1 record) beat the winless Bloomington HS team by a score of 161 to 2. After the game, Michael Anderson, the coach of the Arroyo Valley team was suspended for two games. “Unfortunately, lopsided scores happen every year, and especially during the basketball season,” says Rick Wolff host of the WFAN show Sports Edge. “It's one thing for a team to lose by 20 or even 30 ...

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
teens college application

Last month I had lunch with a friend whose daughter, like mine, is a high school junior. The conversation turned to college and my friend expressed concern that her daughter, an A student with a strong resume of activities, would not get into her first choice schools because of low SAT scores. This is not an uncommon worry for parents and teens as they embark on the college application process. Whether it is school grades, standardized test scores or a resume of activities that doesn’t jump off the page, what can teens do to help their application shine? Colleges Do ...

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