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Posted March 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
 Chloe Frantzis attended a flash-fiction class at Wellesley Pre-College summer program for high school students.

Chloe Frantzis participated in a one-week flash-fiction course that was part of Welllesley’s Pre-College Summer Program. There were a few things I knew for certain when I entered Wellesley's One Week Pre-College Workshop: First, I had no clue what to expect. Second, I had no clue what flash fiction was. And, third, I was most certainly not going to an all-women's college. I am a currently a senior at Newton South High School in Massachusetts -- which is approximately a seven-minute drive away from Wellesley College. Although I had gone to multiple athletic camps, I was looking for another experience ...

Posted March 10, 2018, 5 a.m. by Emily Popek | View Comments
Placard for teen activists that says today we march; tomorrow we vote.

“A generation of activists.” That’s how Richard West, lead instructor of the Pre-College Politics, Activism and Leadership Institute at Emerson College in Boston, describes the teenagers of today. And high school students are lining up to take their activism to the next level at summer programs like Emerson’s. The institute and other political-action programs offer young people a way to channel passion into thoughtful and informed action, West said. “You can express a viewpoint on Facebook, but that’s different than expressing a viewpoint to decision-makers,” West said, adding, “A lot of people look at a teenager as having no credibility.” ...

Posted March 8, 2018, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Why College Scholarships Should be A Top Priority for High School Students

Many parents believe scholarships are a scam. Their high school students work hard, apply and never win anything. They are frustrated, discouraged and feel the promise of scholarships is a pipe-dream. You may have been there yourself, asking the same question: Are scholarships worth the effort? With all the tasks related to college admissions, why devote valuable time to scholarship searching, especially when it appears the odds are stacked against winning? Here’s why: There are thousands of unclaimed scholarships every year. Did you know that there are thousands of dollars of unclaimed scholarship money every year? Why? Because students don’t ...

Posted March 6, 2018, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Discover Your Future in Our Guide to STEM Colleges and Programs

It’s easy if you’re a high school student to dismiss talk about your future as just more blah-blah-blah. And 20 years ago, it might have been OK to put that discussion off until you got to college, or hit senior year of college, or, not so rarely, graduated from college. Now, you need to be on top of things and we can provide it with our latest guide to STEM Colleges & Programs. The world is moving quickly, and you don’t want to miss out. And where does it seem to be picking up the most speed? In the STEM ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2018, 8 a.m. by Chanté Griffin | View Comments
5 Reasons to Attend a Historically Black College or University

In high school, one of my classmates advised me to not apply to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). “It’s not the real world,” he warned. “You’ll be better off at a school like Stanford.” While he chose to attend Stanford, I studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Spelman College, an HBCU in Atlanta, Georgia. (I attended Spelman as a domestic exchange student in the fall of my junior year.) My classmate was partially right, though: HBCUs aren’t representative of “the real world.” Established in the mid- 1800s, they were designed to be better than that world: ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Christina June | View Comments
4 Reasons for High School STEM Students to Try Something New This Summer

It’s junior year in high school and you’re trying to figure out your plans for the summer. You’ve been told your whole life that the choices you make each summer can affect college admissions. So for students who’ve enjoyed STEM classes in high school, it probably feels natural to look for an internship in a doctor’s office or a research lab. But thinking outside the box and choosing a non-STEM high school summer program can help STEM majors acquire some pretty amazing skills, which ultimately will help them in their chosen fields. Here are some benefits that come with choosing ...

Posted Feb. 20, 2018, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Isabella Ogbolumani was a student at Wellesley College’s Immersive Pre-College Summer Program. This is how she describes the program:  All my life, I had heard about how great Wellesley is from the women in my family who studied at Wellesley and loved it. However, it was not until I completed a summ

Isabella Ogbolumani was a student at Wellesley College’s Immersive Pre-College Summer Program. This is how she describes the program: All my life, I had heard about how great Wellesley is from the women in my family who studied at Wellesley and loved it. However, it was not until I completed a summer term at Wellesley's Immersive Pre-College Program that I truly saw how great Wellesley is. The minute I pulled up to Stone-Davis Hall and climbed out of the car, I was met with the classic Wellesley warmth. I was greeted by super nice, welcoming and accommodating people that I ...

Posted Feb. 20, 2018, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Why Freshmen and Sophomores Should Visit College Campuses

Students and their families usually begin visiting colleges in the spring of junior year of high school. But should families start sooner? What are the benefits of making preliminary college visits during freshman or sophomore years of high school? These are simply informal college visits that include a walk around campus, a visit to the school library, or a stroll through the campus bookstore. It’s easy to fit a brief college tour into your family vacation or spring or winter breaks. You could make a college visit a part of a family vacation. Why, however, should you consider doing this? ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 1:40 p.m. by Brad Schiller | View Comments
College Essay Mistake

What is the single biggest mistake you can make on your college application? Submitting a narrative as your essay response to the prompt. You might as well just include the wrong school name while you are at it. Sadly, most essays reviewed by EditRevise spend 90 percent of the content on storytelling filled with flowery, pointless metaphors and needless descriptions. To get into your dream school, it is crucial that you do NOT make the narrative mistake. What matters most about an essay is its introspection -- commentary on the anecdotes and thoughts on what the prompt is asking. A ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Missouri University of Science and Technology: Katelyn Brinker

Katelyn Brinker is in a dual-degree program in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program? I've always been a problem-solver, a go-getter and someone eager to learn. STEM allows me to combine who I am with my interests to advance my field and make an impact. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was right for you? In high school, I had the opportunity to participate in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses, which allowed me to see how I could ...

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