TeenLife Blog

Supporting teen success, one post at a time
Posted March 17, 2014, 2:16 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Help Your Teen Find a Career

When my daughter Emma was eight years old, she participated in her first gymnastics competition. Her maiden event was her floor routine. Like a pro, she saluted to the judges and waited for her music to come on. But when the music started, she stood there like a deer in the headlights. She had forgotten her entire routine. Elementary School: Olympic Gymnast After an inauspicious start, Emma somehow held it together throughout all the following events—beam, vault, and the uneven bars—but as soon as she got in the car, she broke down in tears, gasping and choking out a question ...

Posted March 17, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Why I Didn't Take Advanced Placement (AP) Classes

There’s a lot of emphasis today on crafting with expert hands the best possible college application. Increasingly, high school students are under immense pressure to be “better” than their compatriots, at least in the eyes of a college admissions officer. As early as middle school, students, and to a high degree parents, have begun formulating a program of studies that they believe gives themselves or their children the best shot at a competitive school. Today, many families hire college admissions experts to chart the student’s path to the top. Advanced Placement (AP) on College Applications One major component of this ...

Posted March 16, 2014, 11 a.m. by Vicki Ritterband | View Comments
Medical Marijuana and Teens

Like many parents, Lisa Bonaquist talks with her two teenagers about marijuana. When her 16-year-old argues that compared to alcohol, it’s relatively safe, the Saratoga, New York, mother has a simple retort: “It’s illegal and if you get caught, there are consequences.” At least for now. Legalized Marijuana New York may someday follow in the footsteps of 20 states and the District of Columbia, where marijuana is not quite as illegal as it once was. In these places, physicians may now authorize patients to use medical marijuana for certain purposes, like relieving nausea caused by che- motherapy or treating chronic ...

Posted March 15, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
What It Means to Be 18

FEBRUARY 18, 2014, NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. This afternoon, as I sit in the relatively dingy waiting room of Pennsylvania Station in New York, I am officially of the age of majority. It was on the clattering 2 Train under Brooklyn that the transformation truly took place at 10:28 this morning, but train stations themselves are more romantic and more applicable to metaphor. So, what does this mean? I can vote, I must register for selective service, and the "children" price at most museums no longer applies to me (as we found out the hard way at The Cloisters yesterday). ...

Posted March 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Careers in Sports

A career as a professional athlete is a dream for many teens. Most of them start playing sports as young as 5 years old and fall in love with their game of choice. When they see big, professional, famous athletes on TV, they most likely aspire to be in their shoes one day.It is often in high school that many teens realize the odds are not in their favor. In fact, according to the NCAA, it is estimated that only 1 in 16,000 high school athletes attains a professional career in sports. That being said, your teenager should not lose ...

Posted March 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Sladen West | View Comments
6 Driving Lessons from a Stuntman

With the many special effects that filmmakers are now able to use in their movies, it sometimes feels as though we have seen it all when it comes to amazing stunts. However, there are some things that you really can’t fake. And when it comes to driving stunts, more often than not, it is something that cannot be faked. As a result, stunt men and women are required to do some amazing and incredible stunts in cars. Here is a collection of some of the coolest driving stunts around. Usually these are the kind of things that would be labeled ...

Posted March 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Teens and Tattoos

Dani Silverstein was a freshman in high school when she first thought about getting a tattoo. Silverstein says, “I am extremely interested in art. I always found amazement in certain designs and pictures. Tattoos are art, and I am all for having art on my body.” Once seen as somewhat alternative, tattoos have become a more mainstream form of self-expression. Celebrities from David Beckham to Justin Bieber have tattoos all over their bodies. Jodie Michalak, Beauty and Cosmetology Editor for About.com, says, “The popularity and acceptance of body art has certainly influenced the younger generation to hop onboard.” A 2013 ...

Posted March 13, 2014, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Scholarships Can Add Up to Big College Savings

With college costs at an all-time high and continuing to rise, it makes sense for high school students to apply for as many scholarships as possible. “Applying for scholarships may seem like a daunting process to students, especially for those already busy getting applications together for college. But for students willing to put in the time and effort, there are many scholarship dollars available," explains April Bell, director at the College Board. Is Your Student Eligible for a Scholarship? College scholarships can be broadly divided into two categories: Financial need-based and merit-based. Many families assume that to receive a merit-based ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 4:33 p.m. by Stephen Friedfeld | View Comments
7 Tips on Getting Letters of Recommendation for College

If you’re a rising senior, it is extremely important to make getting letters of recommendation a top priority. How many will you need? Whom should you ask and when? What should they say about you? Typically, most large public institutions don’t require any letters. Admissions decisions are based on students’ grades, standardized test scores, essays, and extracurricular activities. But for most private colleges and universities, you’ll likely need one to three. The more selective the college, the more letters you’ll need. 7 Tips for Getting Letters of Recommendation: 1. Your school (or guidance) counselor will write your primary letter of ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 3:25 p.m. by Sam Coren | View Comments
3 Ways to Explore Possible Majors Before College

If you're just starting the college search you may be overwhelmed by the number of options when it comes to choosing a major. Check out the list of majors at UMass-Amherst for example. There are over 80 different areas of study for undergraduate students. Or look at the majors at Penn State's main campus. Over 160! Even though some of these larger schools have a staggering amount of academic majors to choose from, figuring out what you should major in can be just as tricky if you're thinking about attending a smaller school. So how are you supposed to figure ...

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