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Posted Dec. 14, 2019, 3:56 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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Summer is approaching and the last thing you probably want to hear about is college prep. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, relaxation and a break from academics. But what if I told you that you can kill two birds with one stone: have fun and improve your college chances? Believe it or not, it’s possible through a variety of teen summer programs and strategies. Study or volunteer abroad If you have a bit of the wanderlust spirit, you can travel, see the world and chalk up some points for your college application. You can simply travel, ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2019, 11:59 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Courtney Bertrand Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? I will be going to college soon, so I knew participating in a summer program would help me prepare by staying overnight on my own, without having to depend on my parents, and living by myself for a span of two weeks. It helped me become more independent and mature. It also gave me a glimpse at what college will be like in a couple of years. How did you decide which program was right for you? I chose something I was passionate ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2019, 11:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Luna Rosal National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) High School Grad Year May 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was excited to get out of the normal day to day of summer. My mom is also deeply in love with the outdoors, and I was not... Two weeks with NOLS definitely changed that! After the program, I was able to relate to her connection with nature with a newfound connection to the world around me. How did you decide which program was right for you? I had heard many good things about NOLS through friends ...

Posted Dec. 5, 2019, 2:04 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Student: Sara Lighthart Dates Attended: Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 Programs Attended: Beginning Screenwriting (2018) and Acting for the Camera (2019) Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Summer programs allow teens to get a realistic snippet of college life in their major of interest. I have had a passion for film since my sophomore year of high school, but I wasn’t exactly sure it was a career I wanted to pursue. I figured attending a summer program in film would be a great way for me to test the waters and see if film was something ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2019, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Miranda del Sol Tisch Summer High School Program Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Summer 2018 How did you discover your passion for (dance, acting, clarinet, game design..)? I grew up watching my dad make music so creating songs of my own felt natural. I thought songwriting was the way everybody processed their emotions. Over time, I realized just how powerful music could be and made it my mission to pursue my passion in hopes I could be there for people the way I felt my favorite artists had been there for me. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? Creating ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2019, 1:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Wellesley Summer Audrey DiMarco Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Wellesley College has been on my radar since the beginning of high school, and Wellesley’s Pre-College Summer Program was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a college setting for a week. I got a feel for the campus, took a class, learned more about the school, explored Boston, and had fun with new friends. How did you decide which program was right for you? While all the options were interesting, I chose a Leadership Course because I wanted to learn major life skills such as ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2019, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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In today’s competitive college admissions market, it’s critical to stand out. A student’s high school resume should communicate to the college that he or she has taken academics seriously and pursued worthwhile activities outside of class. A resume for a high school student is more than a list of academics and achievements; it should turn admissions heads and move them to offer admission. How can your high school student use summer to boost his or her resume? One way is to enroll in a pre-college summer program at a college or university. These programs provide high school students an opportunity ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2019, 10:59 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Gillian Dixon Class of 2020 Elizabeth Seton High School. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Being my last summer as a high school student, I decided to make the best use possible of it with that being to spend my summer preparing for demanding collegiate life head-on at one of the world’s most renowned universities in the Nation’s Capital. How did you decide which program was right for you? Upon choosing a program, I was immediately drawn to Georgetown’s great variety of options. Georgetown offers an array of programs ranging from one-week seminars to five weeks ...

Posted Nov. 19, 2019, 8 a.m. by Sonja Montiel | View Comments
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Our children never outgrow wanting “stuff” for the holidays. Look at your teen’s gift list and you will see the usual items that sound like a foreign language, possibly with footnotes about their emotional dependency for each item. Go ahead, read it: I really need to have the-most-advanced-tech-thingy-that-you-don’t-know-how-to-use-or-pronounce, or everyone is wearing this piece-of-cloth-that’s-way-too-expensive-but-I’ll-die-without-it! As parents, we have been there, done that, and negotiated for years, right? However, if you have a high school senior, maybe you won’t read such a list this particular season. For most seniors, something extraordinary happens with their wish lists for the holidays. The concept ...

Posted Nov. 18, 2019, 2 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
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There are many reasons why your middle school child might benefit from participating in a summer program. Perhaps they are struggling with school work, or conversely, excelling in a certain subject. They may be talented on the sports field, or alternatively, require some help and motivation to lose weight. Whatever your child’s specific requirements, summer programs offer a whole host of benefits, some life-long. The Benefits of Summer Programs for Middle-Schoolers Summer Programs Broaden Your Child’s Horizons. One thing that summer programs have resounding success at, is broadening children’s horizons. Whether it is at a residential stay for several weeks, ...

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