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Posted March 5, 2014, 4:25 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Sleep Tips for Teens

This week (March 2nd-9th) is Sleep Awareness Week: A public education and awareness campaign backed by the National Sleep Foundation. Sleep is vital to every human life—especially active parents and teens. Although there is no “magic number” of sleeping hours, everybody needs sleep in order to concentrate, be efficient, and excel in school, sports or work. Teenagers need about 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep per night, while adults need approximately 7-9 hours. When is the last time you got the full amount of sleep you need? Chances are, it’s been a long time since you’ve felt completely rested. In the spirit ...

Posted March 5, 2014, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
AP classes

A recent study released by The College Board reported that the number of students taking AP (Advanced Placement) classes has doubled since 2003. However, there are more academically ready students out there who are not participating. Nearly 300,000 students in the Class of 2013 with potential to succeed in AP graduated having never participated in a matched AP course. According to The College Board, “The purpose of these classes and tests is for students to earn college credit while in high school. Advanced placement exams began in the 1950s as a way for students to stand out on their college ...

Posted March 4, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
A Parents' Role in the College Process

My older daughter jokes that she is our parenting “guinea pig”—we test out everything on her. It is true. With the first child, it is always about trial and error. From potty training to college applications, my husband and I do our best, but sometimes we make mistakes and hopefully gain insight that we can use with our other children. As I said in my first post, my older daughter is currently attending a college where she is both happy and successful. So whatever we did “wrong,” it was nothing catastrophic, and in the end it all worked out. We ...

Posted March 4, 2014, 9:23 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Everything you Need to know about a gap year

What is a gap year? In its most basic form a gap year is a year taken off from traditional schooling between high school graduation and the beginning of freshman year of college. While many parents fear that a gap year or semester will be frowned upon, guidance counselors and school administrators have begun to see the value of a gap year. Taking a gap year is not just a trendy way to delay college, it is instead an incredible opportunity for students to take a year of their life to better themselves before continuing their education. Once a rarity, ...

Posted March 3, 2014, 1:15 p.m. by Robin Adams | View Comments
Why Should I Volunteer?

Do you think of volunteering as just for people with a lot of time and money on their hands? Wrong! Volunteering is for everyone. Not only does it help change the lives of others for the better, there's a lot in it for you as well. The benefits of volunteering -- especially for teens and young people -- go on and on. Volunteer work allows you to: Make lifelong friends Expand your social group to like-minded people outside your school or college Strengthen your resume Give you hands-on work experience Learn new skills Strengthen university applications Become more employable And ...

Posted March 3, 2014, 1 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
A Parent's Role in the College Process

Going through the college process with my older daughter was nerve wracking and stressful. Although she is currently a happy freshmanat the college she selected, looking back (and ahead, as I also have a daughter who is a high school sophomore), there are things my husband and I did right—and certainly things we would do differently. Part I: 5 Things We Did Right 1. We cared less about rankings and more about fit. I am not sure if it is just our community or society as a whole, but there seems to be a huge emphasis now on college ranking ...

Posted March 3, 2014, 12:59 p.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
4 Ways to Entice High School Students to Volunteer

Teenagers make the perfect volunteers: they are energetic, passionate, and eager for change. Many high school students, however, consider themselves to be too busy with school, sports, and other extracurricular activities to engage in community service or particpate in a summer volunteer program for teenagers. // Here are four easy tips to make volunteering more accessible to teens: 75 percent of teens and young adults ages 13 to 22 who participate in community service are friends with people who also volunteer regularly. Create incentive for volunteers to talk to their friends about joining the cause. Studies show that peer influence ...

Posted March 3, 2014, 11:22 a.m. by Kristen Licciardi | View Comments
Talented Teen Mikaela Shiffrin

The 2014 Winter Olympics may be over, but Americans can't get enough of 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin. The breakout star of the Sochi Games graces the March 3, 2014, cover of Sports Illustrated, and her picture already appears on the Wheaties box, says Sports Business Daily. In case you missed it: Shiffrin won Olympic Gold in the women's slalom last Friday, becoming the youngest Alpine medalist in U.S. history and the youngest-ever winner—male or female—of any Olympic slalom. Shiffrin's victory wasn't a fluke; entering the Olympics, the teenage phenom was the No.1 ranked women’s slalom skier in the world. The so-so ...

Posted March 2, 2014, noon by Evan White | View Comments
Easy Money

What is something that everybody has, yet wants more of? The answer is time. Well, that is one answer. Everybody is given a relative amount of time and it is up to them to make the most out of it. If you ask anybody on the street if they would like to be a millionaire, the obvious answer would be yes. But they most likely can’t because they don’t have enough time to do so. Now let’s say a person had unlimited time. They could work a minimum wage job and make about $10,000 a year after expenses. If they ...

Posted March 1, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Out-of-State Applicant: Advantage or Disadvantage?

It is common knowledge that private colleges and universities are typically eager to recruit out-of-state applicants in order to help enhance the geographic diversity of their freshman classes. However, many elite public schools have traditionally set a higher bar for those applying from afar in order to maintain a student body that is heavily comprised of in-state residents. Yet in recent years, the landscape has changed significantly. The financial crunch at many institutions, brought on by a challenging economic climate, has led many top public schools to begin to draw more from the out-of-state pool for the simple, bottom-line reason ...

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