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Posted Aug. 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m. by Soula Gountouvas | View Comments
mindfulness

We’ve all been coping, in one way or another, through the tough times the pandemic has brought on: huge lifestyle changes, self-isolation and uncertainty about the future. Even if someone had it all figured out, this would be a challenge. With most of us losing access to some of our best tools to keep us sane - being with friends, going to parks, working and routine - there are a lot of tools that can help us build resilience right now and for the future. From the tangle of our thoughts, feelings, worries, emotions, and not-so-helpful mental habits, here’s one ...

Posted July 29, 2020, 2:23 p.m. by Dr. Amy Morgenstern | View Comments
Rising Senior

I’ll never forget the time Evelyn, a rising senior, was rejected from every ultra prestigious summer program she’d applied. “No worries,” I quickly reassured her and her mom. “A DIY summer could make an even stronger case at top schools!” Sure enough, after spending her time volunteering at a medical center, taking an online class in environmental leadership (which blew her mind!), and using her extraordinary musical talents to mesmerize fellow volunteers during breaks and play birthday songs for best friends, she was accepted to UC Berkeley in Computer Science. Sometimes a humble plan you’ve patched together is your key ...

Posted July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted July 17, 2020, 11:15 a.m. by Maureen Klovers | View Comments
online schooling

These last three months have been a tough time to be a parent, especially if you work full-time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local lockdowns, you’re now a chef, therapist, hairdresser, nurse,dogwalker, and technology consultant (for all those Zoom calls with Grandma). Worst of all, your school district expects you to homeschool your child, and your boss expects you to put in a full day at the (cramped home) office. You’re not as good of a teacher as the professional who used to be in your child’s classroom—and you’re not as productive at work now that you’re ...

Posted July 14, 2020, 5:45 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Free and Low Cost Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer programs do not have to cost a lot of money. We have put together a list of free and low-cost options for Summer 2020. Our hope is that one of these programs may spark something that can become a lifelong passion. American University: Discover the World of Communications Cost: $350/class Ready to build your college portfolio, learn something new, or explore an area in communication that you’ve never had an opportunity to before? American University Discover the World of Communication pre-college program also has an online component. Taking the skills and instruction you need right to your computer...wherever you ...

Posted July 7, 2020, 7:35 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap

A gap year is defined as a year or semester of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional, and personal awareness. Taking a gap year does not have to mean traveling far away from home. In order to adapt to these unprecedented times, many programs are being offered online. We have put together a list of online gap programs to help you learn more! These gap programs offer the chance to spend an academic year or semester exploring a career such as medicine, communications, health care, ...

Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
College Cap

College admissions has always been overwhelming and stressful to families. There is a new level of college stress for families stemming from so much uncertainty for underclassmen students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when will students be able to take the SAT or ACT test? Will colleges even require SAT or ACT scores? How will activities be viewed when we are practicing social distancing? When will campus visits resume? And most importantly, what should we be doing now for our college planning? How Can We Prepare for College During a Pandemic? I believe time is a sacred resource ...

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
mask

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently live in unprecedented times. While it seems as though daily life has been temporarily placed on hold, there are still countless people who need help and a variety of online volunteer opportunities for high school students to get involved in giving back. Face masks and social distancing have replaced handshakes, hugs, and life as we once knew it. Now is as important a time as ever to implement ways to help those in need, regardless of how little it seems we can do from home. For those looking to aid their community and beyond ...

Posted June 16, 2020, 12:19 p.m. by Jane Sarouhan | View Comments
Gap Year Ideas

You do not need to leave the country - or your home - to have a meaningful gap year. Long before Coronavirus, we have been defining the gap year as a period of time when an individual takes a deliberate pause from school or work to pursue interests, skills and personal growth. Note that this definition says nothing of the location, activity or cost. As college campuses and travel experiences will all be significantly modified this fall, a gap year close to home – with the right blend of intention, structure, mentorship and peers - may very well be the ...

Posted June 10, 2020, 9:06 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dam

These awesome 15 STEM summer online enrichment programs range between elementary, middle, and high school student offerings. Whatever is your passion, this summer you can find a program here to help take it to the next level; discover new interests; or if college-bound, boost college applications. The summer of 2020 is unique for sure, and so are YOU! This is a great time to immerse yourself in STEM, be inspired, and have FUN! Boston Architectural College Virtual Summer Academy: High School Design Exploration Grades: 9 - 12 Curious about design, a career in architecture, interior design, landscape design or working ...

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