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Posted Aug. 20, 2019, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
A Parent’s Role in the College Admissions Process

A few years ago, a student at the University of Cincinnati won a restraining order against her parents for “stalking” her in college. They had installed spyware on their daughter’s phone and computer, snuck into her dorm room on multiple occasions, and regularly met with the dean of her college demanding academic updates. In an age where the media has as many terms for overly-involved parents as the Eskimos have for snow (Tiger moms, Helicopter parents, wolf dads, etc.), this anecdote, sadly, hardly comes as a surprise. Download Parents are unquestionably a critical component to a student’s college transition, but ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Kelly Moneymaker

Kelly Moneymaker studied the arts at The College of Creative Arts at Massey University. How did you discover your passion? When I was two years old, I told my dad I wanted to be a singer. I started singing, then writing, then producing, then making my own videos, which led me to this degree. I wanted to be better at making videos and I've discovered newfound passions–filmmaking and sound design. What’s your favorite part about creating? I don't have a favorite part of creating. I love conceptualizing, exploring, refining, finishing then watching people's reactions. My favorite part of performing is ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:13 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Madison Spahn

Madison Spahn studied voice at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. How did you discover your passion for the vocal arts? I’ve been singing since before I could speak in complete sentences and performing on stage since my first production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age four. For me, music is as natural as breathing (if not quite as easy). Even when I wasn’t sure whether I would pursue a career in music, I knew that it was too important to not be part of my life. What is your favorite thing about performing? For me, the best part ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 7:50 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Languages Leanne Tyme

Leanne Tyme studied Spanish and French with CESA Languages Abroad. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I wanted to have a gap year in which I could both learn and enjoy myself at the same time. As I will be studying French at university, I wanted a course that would allow me to improve my language skills and give me some time to do some exploring outside of classes. How did you decide which gap year programne was right for you? First I had to decide what I wanted to get out of my gap ...

Posted Aug. 14, 2019, 7 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's August! Check Our College To-Do List for High School Seniors

Getting a head start on applying to college the summer before senior year can make the fall and spring less stressful for parents and high school seniors. High school seniors will need to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of college admissions activities once school begins. Tackling some of those college related tasks now can help ease some of the pressure in the fall. Get ahead of the game and prepare in advance by using this checklist. If you do, parents and seniors should be ready for senior year to begin. 1. Get ready for standardized tests. The fall standardized ...

Posted Aug. 12, 2019, 2 p.m. by Bara Sapir | View Comments
Getting Over SAT and ACT Test Anxiety

Tests have a disproportionately large role in the course of your life, if you think about how much time is actually spent taking them. How you perform during a few short hours while hunched over a small desk in some strange building can have major consequences. Your score on an entrance exam can determine which college you go to. Which college you go to has a lot to do with which job you'll get, and so on. The ACT and SAT loom large as a decider of fates, and for most students, pressure and anxiety play a pivotal role in ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:49 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dance Stephanie Giuliani

Stephanie Giuliani studied dance at Drexel University. How did you discover your passion for singing? My connection to dance started at the age of six when I began going to the Minnesota Ballet School and spent the next 12 years of my life dedicated to ballet technique. Why did you pick this particular college program? After high school, I chose Drexel University for its dance program which combined my interests in physical therapy with my passion for dance. What has been your favorite part of this college program? Coming from a classical ballet background, other techniques like modern, jazz, African ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:39 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Austin Nikirk

Austin Nikirk studied music at Gettysburg College. How did you discover your passion for singing? When my parents put me in a children’s choir at age six, I was convinced they were trying to squash my talent. “I don’t want someone else to tell me how to do it!” I remember screaming on the way to the first rehearsal, sobbing in the car. Through the next twelve or so years of my life though, I found my passion for performing through letting someone else tell me how to do it. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love standing in ...

Posted Aug. 6, 2019, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Community Service Ideas for College-Bound Teens

Every college-bound teen knows that high school community service is a key component of any college application. Admissions officers look for well-rounded students who volunteer in high school. But according to a study by DoSomething.org, a group that connects kids with volunteer projects, students should heed this word of warning: DoSomething.org conducts annual surveys on community service and college admissions. They have found that most admissions officers prefer students to be consistently involved with one issue over a variety of causes. Moreover, social change isn’t something you should do just to put on your application — follow your passion. Seventy-five ...

Posted Aug. 5, 2019, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The 5 Most Important First-Semester Tasks for Seniors

The first semester of senior year is filled with anticipation. It’s your last year of high school and you have so much to look forward to, such as graduation and college. But in order to reach those goals, you have some high-priority things in the area of college admissions and creating the best college application that you can. 1. Get recommendation letters. There’s no time to waste. Teachers and administrators and other mentors are busy people. With multiple students asking for recommendation letters, you want to be first in line. If you’ve done your homework, you have built relationships and ...

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