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Posted May 17, 2019, 10 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Summer Jobs

It’s mid-May. You’re trying to find a job for the summer, or maybe an internship that will let you explore your career interests. With only a couple weeks until June, you think you might be running out of time. Fear not! There’s plenty of ways to still find employment and they’re easier than you might think. Apply yourself First off, apply. Apply! Apply! Apply! Walk into a business that interests you, that you can get to on a regular basis, or that you have the necessary experience for (even if it’s none), and just ask. I landed my first job ...

Posted May 14, 2019, 3:10 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
High achieving boys

A new study suggests exposure to high-achieving boys can erode girls' achievements and confidence, especially in STEM subjects. Buy why? And what can we do about it? Once upon a time, girls weren’t expected to learn much in school. The only reason for a girl to go to college, the thinking went, was to meet a potential husband. Thankfully, these backwards notions have all but disappeared from most corners of our society. And changing attitudes have in turn led to greater educational opportunities for girls and women. Women graduate four-year colleges at higher rates than men, according to the National ...

Posted May 10, 2019, 2 p.m. by Aimée La Fountain | View Comments
Civic engagement

The 2020 presidential race is underway and young people have the power to sway the outcome – Generation Z will make up 10 percent of eligible voters on Election Day. But government goes beyond the presidency and Congress. Local government has just as much if not more influence on our lives, so students who are concerned with issues affecting them (and not just those with political aspirations) can and should get involved. National civic engagement The 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants citizens who are at least 18 years old the right to vote. Some states allow you to ...

Posted May 7, 2019, 5:57 p.m. by Katrielle Soussana | View Comments
Taking the SAT

With hours and hours of drills and practice and repetition, preparing for the SAT can be grueling on top of an already-packed schedule. In the middle of high school, we’re supposed to prep for and successfully take the SAT in order to get a result — a number — that tells colleges whether we are prepared for the academic rigor of university. But, like me, many students may have wondered if it can really measure our readiness for college. Is it actually an outdated system that’s used to generalize students into a rank when intelligence and readiness looks different from ...

Posted May 3, 2019, 10:38 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Programs

It’s May. And soon enough it will be June, then the last day of school, and then… what? If studying and sports and community service have taken up so much of your attention that you haven’t given a thought to summer yet, you needn’t worry. Yes, you’ve missed the deadlines for some of the more competitive summer programs, and a few others may be close to selling out. But if you start researching and applying now, there are still lots of great options for summer programs that can take you into depths of the human brain, the details of architectural ...

Posted April 30, 2019, 10:25 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Teenager shaking hands

High school is a great place to learn about congruent triangles, the Battle of Bunker Hill, or the differences between DNA and RNA. And when it’s going well, you can also learn a lot about analytical thinking, teamwork, and study skills. But there are some things that are better learned outside of the classroom: Professional etiquette, money management, resilience, and a whole host of other life skills can best be practiced and developed out in the real world. Develop life skills over the summer Summer, when sports practices and homework are on hold, is the perfect time to work on ...

Posted April 26, 2019, 10:21 a.m. by Amy Barnes | View Comments
Volunteer work

Students may view volunteer work as just another honor society or college application requirement. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a chore or a box to check off. Thinking about the “why” behind volunteering can turn volunteering into a passion. Do you enjoy playing a musical instrument or helping your grandmother with technology? Volunteering in high school can go beyond just a resume listing. Tailored to a student’s passions, it can relate to potential career paths, life interests and the community. Making Music Students with a music focus have a wide range of options. From community orchestras to playing taps at ...

Posted April 25, 2019, 11:30 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Listening parent

Labels for different parenting styles have come and gone for just about as long as there have been parents. Since the college admissions scandal made headlines last month, there has been a lot of talk about the perils of “snowplow parenting” -- clearing a path for children by shoving obstacles to the side. Like the tiger mothers and helicopter parents who came before, snowplowers are highly involved parents who take a proactive and often authoritative role in their children’s lives. Any parent can understand the desire to do everything in their power to make their kids’ lives better. And, with ...

Posted April 23, 2019, 2:20 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teenage community service is more than something that your mom insists will look good on your high school resume. It can point you to new interests, new friends, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even a lifelong career. And yeah, okay, it’ll also look good on your resume. But where to start? “Volunteering” is a big word. How can you be sure you’re finding opportunities that are right for you? There are always easy entry points, like the service clubs at your high school or religious organization, but beyond that, the options can get overwhelming. TeenLife is here to help! ...

Posted April 19, 2019, 3:42 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Essay Writing

You’ve studied the math, grappled with grammar, and worked on your reading comprehension. But then there’s the essay, looming over all your test prep, so uncertain and subjective. So what do you need to know about the essay? And how much does it even matter? We’re here to help. What you should know about the SAT essay 50 minutes to complete Your mission: Read a nonfiction, persuasive passage and write an essay analyzing the strategies and techniques the author uses to build an argument. Think structural elements, reasoning, data, and emotional word choice. How you’re scored: You will receive three ...

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