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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. 12, 2019, 9:32 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Common App vs. Coalition App: Which to choose?

Over the last few years, several leading colleges and universities decided to offer an alternative to the Common Application and formed the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. They developed a new application that allows students to start building a college portfolio online as soon as they enter high school. This will be the first year that students can use the Coalition application, although it will be accepted by only about 10 percent of the number of colleges that accept the Common App. The Common App has nearly 700 member colleges, the Coalition App has 93 member colleges but for ...

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 ...

Posted Aug. 5, 2019, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
10 Fun (and Safe) Things to Do After Prom

There is nothing more eagerly anticipated than a prom, with the festivities that follow the actual dance just as important as the event itself. It’s a time for your kids to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it is also something that many parents worry about. Here are 10 fantastic activities for teens after prom that are great fun but safe at the same time. Download 1. Go Down-Market in Upmarket Clothes Dancing brings on a hearty appetite and there’s nothing more hilarious than heading to the local diner dressed in fancy clothes. Eating fries with their fingers in their ...

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