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Posted April 5, 2021, 1:01 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college freshmen

Seniors, the month of April is your month. It is when the power to choose your college and send your deposit to reserve your freshman place is all yours. Due May 01. April is your month. Pandemic year. This year is different. Questions are different. You have to ask: Is the campus planning to be open next September or not? Is the college bringing freshmen to their dorms or not? What is the meal plan on campus? Are classes in-person or online? Or both? These are the basic questions for you to ask and results (for the moment) to understand ...

Posted March 22, 2021, 5:33 p.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
merit aid

High school seniors are currently receiving their admission decisions, and the power is shifting—admitted students are now in the drivers’ seat. We suggest that students take this opportunity to appeal for more merit aid. Since colleges use merit aid as a way to entice students to enroll at their institution, they may be open to increasing the original scholarship amount, if they believe offering a little more money will seal the deal. The college will consider multiple factors in their review, including evaluating how competitive the student is in relation to others and comparing the dollar amount awarded by peer ...

Posted March 17, 2021, 12:51 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
pre-med program

Are you interested in the field of medicine but unsure how to get started? Do you have a free summer and are you looking to fill it with an informative and intellectually-stimulating course? If you are looking for a way to expand your knowledge in any STEM subdiscipline, then you might want to check out a Pre-Med Summer Program! Are You Looking for a Mini-Med School Experience This Summer? Check out Tufts University: Pre-College Mini-Med School, which is a summer intensive taught by Tuft University’s medical faculty. In this program, students will learn about medical school and will learn from ...

Posted March 3, 2021, 6:38 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
how to take your writing to the next level

Are you a high school student looking to practice and improve your writing abilities through specialized summer programs? Whether you prefer to read and write fiction, poetry, journalism, or something else entirely, there are many programs to help you hone in your writing ability and to give you different avenues to explore your writing voice. Do You Want To Be A Journalist? For capable writers interested in exploring journalism (specifically investigative journalism), consider The School of the New York Times: Introduction to Investigative Journalism. In a field so engrossed in the exposure of fresh and hidden news, it is important ...

Posted March 1, 2021, 12:11 p.m. by Neal Taparia | View Comments
How to Start a Business in High School

I always thought it was fun to discover ways to make money. In 1999, during my sophomore year in high school, the air conditioning went out. While students were sweating going from class to class, I saw an opportunity. I had my mom drive me to Walgreens where I purchased five miniature fans for $2 each. The next day, I sold those fans to my classmates for $5 each, making $25 in revenue, covering my costs of $10, and making $15 in profit. Not bad for a high school student. Later, when I started learning about building websites in computer ...

Posted Feb. 22, 2021, 2:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year? Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category. What Do We Mean by Popular? We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website. We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category. The Top 100 Most Popular Summer ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2021, 12:05 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
robotics career

What is Robotics? Robotics is the field of study with the unique intersection of computer science and engineering; where robots perform tasks to help or replace humans. Whether it’s assembling cars, loading trucks, or venturing into areas that are dangerous to human life, robots have made our lives easier and safer. You might have seen videos of the robots from Boston Dynamics dancing, traveling through complicated terrain, or pulling a delivery truck. Their dog and human-like robots (as they are often described) are funny to watch but also impressive. While these robots would make eye catching backup dancers, they can ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2021, 12:44 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
high school senior

The COVID-19 pandemic has stripped millions of high school students of important adolescent milestones. Too many, milestones such as prom and graduation serve as a rite of passage into adulthood; they are culminations of almost twelve years of intense, academic work. Being in the graduating Class of 2020, I went through feelings of disappointment, despondency, separation, and loss when I was stripped of my senior spring last May. There was truly nothing I could do to ameliorate the distressing state of the world; for the first time in my entire life, I felt like nothing was in my control. In ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Program

After years and years of constant schooling, sometimes you just need a break. A break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, with a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2021 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even more program offerings. Download the guide to learn about the basics of planning a gap year, get ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2021, 12:22 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
summer guide

Soft skills were often overlooked in our pursuit for excellence. Grades, test scores, and "getting ahead" for the next school year is all parents and teens were told to focus on for a bright future. But as time goes on, colleges are emphasizing balance and well-rounded students. Universities want a unique narrative and something that makes the student stand out beyond good grades and perfect scores. What are some soft skills that now have more value than ever? Team-building Ability to tackle conflict (internal and external) Self-determination and tenacity Ability to form meaningful bonds with those around them One of ...

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