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Posted Nov. 24, 2020, 2:36 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program

Jordan Brooks Brentsville District High School- Class of 2021 National High School Game Academy at Carnegie Mellon University- Summer 2020 A large majority of the high schools in my district are STEM-based. As the smallest high school in the county, I attend Brentsville District High School. Although my participation in the Cambridge program allows me to take advanced math and science classes, my school is agriculturally focused and does not offer any computer science-based programs, clubs, or classes for students to join. With the fact that courses relating to computer science and video game design are limited in my area, ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teenage community service is more than something that your mom insists will look good on your high school resume. It can point you to new interests, new friends, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even a lifelong career. And yeah, okay, it’ll also look good on your resume. But beyond all of that, community service instills a lifelong habit of helping others. It encourages you to look to the needs of your community and use your resources to pass on good to those who need it the most. Whether it’s a service that is well-known and carries prestige or small ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2020, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year

Gap year and semester programs are more popular than ever with many prospective freshmen wondering if it's better to take a year off before they head off to college. Whether it's abroad or at home, we want to share a wide variety of gap programs that you don't want to miss! From expeditions across breathtaking mountains to develop your skills in leadership, there are unique opportunities for a wide range of interests and passions. Please keep checking back as we will continue to add more! Arcos Journey Abroad Session Dates: April 4th to May 26th, 2021 Travel this spring to ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2020, 2:07 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Logo

November 4, 2020. TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement which began on October 1, 2020! Our joint mission in this effort is to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them. TeenLife has been a recognized resource in the high school space since 2008 and is known for building greater awareness of all sorts of meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students before they enter college. The GYA is likewise excited to connect with ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2020, 2:55 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Career Key and TeenLife Media Announce Partnership

November 3, 2020 Career Key and TeenLife Media are excited to announce a new partnership! As the industry leaders in career decision making and teen academic/enrichment experiences, we have teamed up to help students learn more about themselves via the Career Key Discovery Personality Assessment for Students, so they can find "best-fit" summer, school year, and gap experiences that prepare them for success in college and life beyond school. What TeenLife and Career Key Hope to Achieve Together Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu, CEO of Career Key, says: Experiential learning is a cornerstone of clarifying career interests in preparation for college and beyond. ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2020, 10 a.m. by Ellie Mckinsey | View Comments
entrance exam

Applying for colleges is a lot of work, even without the addition of an audition. You need to write exceptional essays, prepare your resume, and make sure you keep your grades up. If you’re applying for a music college, you’ll also need to prepare for your entrance exam. Follow these tips to ensure you’re as prepared as possible before walking into the audition room. 1. Get Advice Talk to your teacher and any friends that have gone through the audition process. Ask them what the panel was like, the size of the room, and anything else you might want to ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 10 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college applications

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. “Oh no! I’m a senior – my last year of high school. Senior year is supposed to be my big, happy (after I get into college) last year of high school. It’s supposed to be the time when I figure out where in this whole country I want to apply to and go to college. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of my senior year all through high school.” As have all seniors… and so let’s think together of how to ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. by Adeleine Halsey | View Comments
New Year New Me

"2020 will be my year!" As is the annual tradition, my family exclaimed this with great confidence in late December. We made our New Year's resolutions. We read the "New year new me!" posts on Instagram. Many recounted the dreadfulness of 2019 and rejoiced in the great relief of the turning of the decade. The allure of a new year lay in the promise of bright and unlimited possibilities - a chance to kiss your old-year self goodbye. It represented something exciting: a whole other 365 days to see what this dear old world throws our way. 2020 Is Beyond ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2020, 11:04 a.m. by Ulrich Boser | View Comments
learning online

The debate over the benefits and limitations of online vs in-person learning has raged for decades. Past research has found that online learning can be just as effective a traditional classroom learning. Still, for some students, online classes are the last resort. For others, online learning offers exactly the type of flexible and self-guided learning they prefer. Now, with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classes have become the norm for many students for the foreseeable future. Whatever side of the online vs offline learning debate you land on, the reality is that many of the skills and tools ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2020, 10:06 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
online fall learning program

The nation got a taste of online learning when schools and universities closed for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Now, it seems like it is here to stay with students and parents are learning how to adapt. These fall online learning programs offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual program that would otherwise need to be taken in person. These programs can range from two weeks to 10 months and cover a wide range of topics. Check back as we continue to add more! Boston Leadership Institute: Virtual STEM Courses Categories: Academic, STEM Session Date: ...

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