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Posted July 19, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Farm volunteering

Students interested in fighting hunger, preserving the environment, or helping local econonmies should consider these food-related volunteer opportunities. One of the most common ways for young people to pursue community service is through volunteer work in a food pantry or soup kitchen. And this popularity makes sense: It is meaningful, satisfying work. In the course of just a few hours you can clearly see the impact you have on the lives of those you help. The good news is that there is a growing number of service options for those interested in helping ensure people have access to ample, nutritious ...

Posted July 16, 2019, 10:55 a.m. by Venkates Swaminathan | View Comments
Adversity testing score

Understanding how the new Environmental Context Dashboard impacts your college application. In mid-May, the Wall Street Journal broke the story that the College Board “plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT.” The new score has been widely discussed in the college admissions community, and could change the admissions process significantly over time, but the immediate question for many parents and students is this: How does it affect my teen and their application to college? The term “adversity score” is a misnomer for what the College Board calls an Environmental College Dashboard. Over the past ...

Posted July 12, 2019, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Gap-year-credit

In the past, gap years were pretty rare. In today’s college landscape, however, deferring college for a year after acceptance is becoming commonplace. The best part: Colleges are now very accepting of gap years. Some schools offer their own for-credit gap programs for admitted students, and many are willing to honor credits earned through certain third-party gap programs. This means students now have a chance to explore while gaining clarity towards your goals before starting college and still earning college credit. Colleges with their own gap programs Tufts University: Tufts created its very own gap year program. Their 1+4 Bridge ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Drama Maria Heitmann

Maria Heitmann studied drama at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for drama and musical theatre? My parents are the reason I am passionate for theatre as a whole. They practically raised me on Broadway and the first movies I watched were musicals. I’m grateful for them, their support, and their push for me to have such a wonderful thing in my life every day. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite thing about performing has to be the complete escape from reality, both for the performers and viewers. In no other business can ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:19 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Keegan Brush

Keegan Brush studied music at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for music education and choral studies? Growing up, I have always been involved with music in and outside of school, but my passion for music education and choral studies began in high school. I knew I wanted to go into education because I enjoyed tutoring my fellow classmates, but was conflicted about what I wanted to teach. My favorite subjects were math and music but I was much more passionate about music. When I approached my high school choral director about going into music ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:13 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Art Breny Recinos Argueta

Breny Recinos Argueta studied art at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for art? I discovered my passion when I took my first digital art class with Professor Monaghan. Things just clicked for me. I knew I was in the right place when I was having fun and doing work on my own time just to learn more. What’s your favorite part about creating? My favorite part about creating is seeing the final project. After spending so many hours working on a project, it is really rewarding to see the results and everything you have ...

Posted July 9, 2019, 10 a.m. by Moira McCullough | View Comments
College Tour

When researching colleges, every interaction with a potential school plays a role in the decision whether to apply. Everything from the drive up to campus to the interaction with a tour guide to an Instagram post you scroll past right before you fall asleep is evidence you can use to decide whether a school is a good fit for you. Choosing to apply to a specific university is more than making a pro/con list and confirming they have your major—it is a visceral feeling that this place could become a home. College admissions is about crafting the most compelling and ...

Posted July 8, 2019, 6:57 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Rachael Dobosz

Rachael Dobosz studied music at DePaul University's School of Music. Why did you pick this particular college? When I began looking at colleges towards the end of my time in high school I knew I wanted to pursue a performance career in a city with a great music culture, as well as have the opportunity to take liberal arts courses. I was interested in the DePaul School of Music when I learned about the programs within the music school that focused on all aspects of the music industry and the opportunity to explore other courses and subjects to contribute to ...

Posted July 8, 2019, 6:48 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Theatre John Cavaseno

John Cavaseno studied music theatre at State University of New York. How did you discover your passion for music and your instrument? My high school English teacher once told me, “You are so quiet in class but when you’re on stage you light up!” I am lucky that I found my passion pretty early in life and I’ve continued to pursue it everyday. What's your favorite part about performing? If I had to pick a favorite part about performing, I would say it’s the feeling I get when I first step on stage. Performing for an audience and giving your ...

Posted July 5, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Paying for College

It can be fun to daydream about college: the ivy-draped campus, making new friends in the dorm, long intellectual discussions with like-minded classmates. Thinking about paying for it all, however, is far less fun. For the 2018-19 school year, the average cost for an in-state student at a four-year public college was $9,716, according to U.S. News & World Report. Want to attend a private school? The average price tag skyrockets to more than $35,600. And the numbers keep inching up every year. So what are educationally ambitious students — and their parents — to do? Fear not: You have ...

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