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Posted March 24, 2014, 4:37 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
How Much Do Teens Read?

As the school year closes and summer quickly approaches, teens are starting to search for their summer reading books to get a head start. The following statistics came from a November 2012 survey, polling high school and college students about their reading and literacy habits. So, How Much Do Teens Read? Where do you read? An actual book (paper): 98.0% eReader (Kindle, Nook, etc.): 29.4% Online: 16.4% On my mobile phone: 13.5% What are your reading habbits? 77.7% of teens say they read at least one extra book per month for personal pleasure that isn't required for school. Nearly a ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 3:21 p.m. by Andrea Bazemore | View Comments
Parenting Advice From a College Kid

It might seem strange for a person who isn’t even thinking about parenthood to write advice in a parenting article. Yet I may offer some of the best parenting advice you’re not hearing because I’m offering advice from the perspective of your teenagers. There are a lot of parenting books, magazines, and advice columns out there, but little of it is from the perspective of the teen. Here’s some advice that I’ve collected through things I’ve seen, heard, and experienced first hand. Parenting Advice From a Teen Let us make mistakes. We will never learn from our mistakes unless you ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 1:27 p.m. by Reese Hendricks | View Comments
How to Protect Your Teen From Summer Learning Loss

Is your teenager experiencing SLL? Most parents do a pretty good job of helping their teens stay occupied during the summer. However, staying occupied is one thing, preventing SLL, or Summer Learning Loss, is another battle. When I was a teacher in South Korea there were countless admirable things I gleaned from their education system. In fact, American educators and parents can learn much from an industrious nation like South Korea; after all, they have been in the business of teaching and fostering their youth for over 5,000 years. For example, South Korea has nothing near a 12-week summer vacation ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Why Are Teen Car Insurance Rates So High?

Insurance companies play the odds — and the odds aren’t in favor of teen drivers. The longer you have your driver’s license and the more time you spend on the road, the lower your chances are of getting in an accident. This comes from experience. Every time you get behind the wheel, you gain valuable knowledge that can help you make better choices next time you drive. Even if a teenage driver spent ample time learning the rules and practicing driving with an adult, their inexperience in real-life situations creates a disadvantage in the ever-changing driving environment. Here are some ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Pay it Forward

When someone does a good deed for you, express your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else. That’s the essence of “pay it forward,” a term you often hear in casual conversation. It’s not new. Who knew that this popular concept has its roots in a play from ancient Athens, the exact words from a book in 1916, and was popularized in another book in 1951? Here is the excerpt from the 1951 title Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein: The banker reached in the folds of his gown, pulled out a single credit note. “But eat first – ...

Posted March 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Community Service Inspires Teens

It’s easy to see why some teens and adults feel stymied by the overwhelming array of problems that exist in our world today. Pollution. Homelessness. Hunger. Terrorism. Animal abuse. Lack of quality education for all. Racism. Sexism. Depression. Teen suicide. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on. But, it’s just as easy to be inspired by acts of kindness and heroism to do your part -– no matter how small -– to make the world a better place. Every good deed counts. Any high school community service work done from the heart is worthy. // Why commit to community service? ...

Posted March 22, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Challenges of Being an Introverted Teen

In high school, Alex MacNair created a public service announcement titled “What is an Introvert?” to explain how it feels to be an introvert in a society that he believes values extroverts. Given Alex’s description of himself on his website, it’s safe to assume Alex is an introvert. He explains, “I love learning about technology and utilizing it to express myself creatively. I enjoy programming, special effects, filmmaking, web design, photography, and graphic design...On a given day, you might find me in the woods taking photos, filming a video around town, or at home on the computer working on a ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 2 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
tips for aspiring lawyers

So you want to be a lawyer? Welcome to installment one of College Transitions’ "So you want to be a..." series. Designed to help career-minded high school students think intelligently about their postsecondary journeys, these blogs will look at the financial, academic, and personal factors one should consider when exploring various academic pathways and professions. Does going to a prestigious undergraduate school help? Getting into a top law school is first and foremost a numbers game. Simply put, a high GPA and sparkling LSAT score are your ticket to the country’s top law schools. So with that in mind, does ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 12:40 p.m. by Julia Levine Rogers | View Comments
8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Gap Year

It is the season of college acceptances and decisions. But you may find yourself as one of the growing number of students who have chosen to defer their college admission in favor of a gap year. This is an incredibly exciting time, but you may also feel a little anxious about the adventures that await you. Here are some tips for preparing yourself to make the most of your gap year: 1. Anticipate being out of your comfort zone. Everything you experience on your college gap year is going to be different from what you now know. You’ll meet new ...

Posted March 21, 2014, 12:25 p.m. by Katherine Dayton | View Comments
Plugged or Unplugged? Technology and Summer Programs

Recently, there’s been a bit of lively buzz in the summer camps community about a new policy announced by the #1 ranked camp in Pennsylvania that allows “Smartphones, music players, tablets, e-readers, even laptops–they’re all fair game...” Technology can be a great thing, but should it be used in the great outdoors? Allowing Technology Kids are entwined in their gadgetry. In fact, almost everyone uses gadgetry for business and social commerce these days. Even in under-resourced countries worldwide, no matter how remote or economically depressed, one is hard-pressed not to find cell phones prevalent, at least. The scope of summer ...

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