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Posted June 20, 2017, 2:56 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
adjust-boarding-school

Heading off to boarding school is exciting – and nerve-wracking. And having made the commitment, your student now has the entire summer to think – and worry – about it. Understand that high school students are nervous about any new social situation. While you might consider boarding school life a great opportunity and adventure, your student might be imagining a strange new world with its own cliques and secret codes. What can you do to help your student make the transition to boarding school? For starters, make listening a top priority this summer. Don’t patronize or undervalue your student’s concerns. ...

Posted June 20, 2017, 2:19 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
act-act-test-prep

Even as they start to enjoy summer, high school juniors and seniors know they are facing standardized testing in the fall. For seniors, it’s the last chance to get their best scores on the SAT or ACT before college applications are submitted. For juniors, the fall SAT or ACT can be a good indicator of areas that need improvement and require more preparation. Taking advantage of the summer to prepare for these tests makes smart academic sense and teaches students how to get over test anxiety. Standardized test prep doesn’t need to be torturous. Your student will retain more if ...

Posted June 15, 2017, 2:17 p.m. by Mary Grauerholz | View Comments
high-school-college-skills

Although high school students long for the freedom of college, the less-structured environment actually can feel unsettling or, at the worst, out of control. Having a schedule with too much free time is one of the most anxiety-producing parts of college life, says Ben Locke, associate director of the counseling service at Pennsylvania State University and executive director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, a research network of more than 280 college counseling centers. High school should be the time to help children learn how to be responsible for themselves and to budget their own time; however, high school ...

Posted June 13, 2017, noon by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
volunteer-overseas

Have you been looking at overseas volunteer opportunities for teens? Many high school students do community service activities in foreign countries because it allows them to see a new part of the world, experience some independence, and help others, all at the same time. Why Do Community Service? For starters, it feels good. Being able to do something that makes a real difference in someone else’s life and the world is incredibly rewarding. Volunteering also gives you a chance to explore an interest, practice your language skills or travel in an area of the world that intrigues you. Taking part ...

Posted June 13, 2017, 9:50 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
STEM-environment

For Lowell George, every day is Earth Day. She found a way to merge her interest in science with her love for the outdoors – and turned it into a solid job. She’s among the students who discover that participating in a STEM summer program or majoring in science, technology, engineering or math can lead to a career in sustaining and improving the environment. “My dad would take my sister and me hiking from when I was age 3,” said George, who grew up in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., a small village 30 miles north of New York City. “Later I ...

Posted June 1, 2017, 2:01 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
boarding-high-school

As a parent, you think it’s a great idea for your high school student to apply to boarding school. Your high school student is, well, not so sure. How do you get buy-in from your child to consider boarding school and to take charge of the application process? And once the application process starts, what should a parent’s role be? For starters, entice, don’t cajole. That’s the advice of Ross Blankenship, founder of Top Test Prep and StudyHall.com and a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, a boarding school in Mount Hermon, Mass. He’s also the author of “Admit You,” ...

Posted May 30, 2017, 9:12 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
admissions-college-tour

Spring and summer are busy times on college campuses, as high school juniors start taking college tours and admitted high school seniors come for one more look around or college orientation. But college visits are such a crucial part of choosing the right college that colleges welcome these students and look forward to making a positive connection. There is a definite goal and purpose in the college visit: determine if the college is a good fit. But just showing up and walking around campus will not help teens from any worthwhile opinion of the college or the students. For college ...

Posted May 24, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
summer-program

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 May 23, 2017, 10:35 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
blog-gap-decision

Do you like to celebrate the risk-takers, the explorers, the out-of-the-box thinkers? Join TeenLife and other organizations in spreading the word about #gapdecisionday, May 25, 2017, and help to spotlight all the students – maybe yours! – who are taking a gap year between high school and college. If you have a student graduating from high school who’s going on a gap year – or who’s already done it – share on social media with the hashtag #gapdecisionday. Give your student a chance to be recognized just like his or her classmates who are headed straight to college. And in ...

Posted May 18, 2017, 5:05 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
anatomy-stem

I loved anatomy when I was in high school. It was so interesting to learn about all of the bones and muscles in my body. It was my favorite STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) class. Perhaps anatomy is already your favorite science class or you’re thinking about exploring it in a STEM summer program. Either way, it’s a good path to one of these careers: 1. Prosthetist Do you like to help people? There are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have lost a limb. Designing the replacements that they desperately need and helping them get ...

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