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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 ...

Posted Jan. 27, 2021, 11:58 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pacific Lutheran University

Morgan Roberts Pacific Lutheran University: School of Arts & Communication How did you discover your passion for the arts? I discovered my love for music and theatre as an elementary school aged kid involved in various musical theatre programs. My high school put a lot of heart into their musicals and it was through my experiences and mentorships there that I realized the depth of my interest in musical theatre. After my senior year musical I received the 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and was sent to the Jimmy Awards in New York City, which gave me ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2021, 12:27 p.m. by James Goldsmith | View Comments
how to prepare for an exam

No matter the subject that you are studying, exams are going to be important. They show just how well you have studied, learnt and taken in all the things that have been covered in your course. This means that exams are often seen as a time of pressure, of feeling that you need to really try the best that you can. Whilst having this drive is an ideal way to push you forward, it can be an overwhelming and stressful time. That said, you can take steps to make your exams that little bit easier to manage. To help you ...

Posted Jan. 11, 2021, 2:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year beijing

CET Academic Programs Clara Grillo Gap at CET Beijing, 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a gap program not only to improve my Chinese language ability but also to deepen my understanding of another country’s culture and life. I knew an intensive and immersive language program would give me a structured way to learn about another country, make meaningful friendships, and also experience things I had never had the opportunity to experience before. How did you decide which gap program was right for you? I decided on CET Beijing because ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2021, 2:25 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
online learning

Online schooling has been a tumultuous experience for parents, students, and teachers alike. For almost a year now, schools have been scrambling to find the right balance between safety and an effective education. With COVID-19 cases rising and the vaccine rollout slower than anticipated, it does seem like online learning is here to stay. After school activities and clubs are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Parents and students can take comfort in the fact that, aside from keeping their loved ones safe, many amazing courses and enrichment opportunities are now offered online. Programs that would otherwise require traveling, ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2020, 3:59 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
languagebird student testimonial

Hannah Gothelf Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose LanguageBird because I was very interested in independent learning, but I wanted to build a strong connection with my instructor. I value relationships with my community, and LanguageBird has allowed me to bond with my instructor and other students as well. In addition to being one-on-one learning, LanguageBird is accredited, so I knew it was a good choice academically too. How did you decide which program was right for you? LanguageBird provides a wide range of languages, classes and camps, but I ultimately chose Spanish because ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2020, 12:16 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Guide Cover Image

The programs represented in TeenLife Media’s 2021 Guide to Gap Programs span all kinds of gap opportunities, schedules, and budgets. Whatever it might be, it is an opportunity for you to focus on personal growth before you take those next steps in life. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Many universities and colleges are choosing to keep their students safe and limit their academic year to virtual or distance learning. In response, students are asking if this pandemic presents the opportunity to pursue a different avenue instead of the direct transition into higher learning. Additionally, gap programs are working ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2020, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
NYU Pre-College Summer Program

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I normally volunteer at a YMCA camp near where I live but wanted to try something new that would better prepare me for college. I’d never been far from home for long, and it was important for me to find out how to be independent and grow as a person without having an adult or a parental figure always watching over. How did you decide which program was right for you? Location was the biggest factor. All of the options I looked at for school were in major coastal cities, ...

Posted Dec. 8, 2020, 2:27 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
world scholars academy

Zach Brody Class of 2023 Staples High School Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was home-bound during the “Covid Summer of 2020” and decided to make good use of my time with a positive but fun learning experience. I choose to participate in this program because it provided a broad introduction into business, something I had always had an interest in. Also, even though this program was an online offering, it offered me the opportunity to interact with the instructor as well as the other students in the class. How did you decide which program ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2020, 9 a.m. by Kimberly Jimenez | View Comments
volunteering

If you’re reading this, it’s pretty likely that you’ve had some sort of experience with volunteering. You may have volunteered through your school, church, extracurricular activities, or even just for fun – volunteering opportunities are everywhere! However, it’s important to distinguish between volunteering that truly helps those you are supporting and volunteering that actually creates a greater burden on those in need. In this week’s post, I’ll guide you through making that distinction and offer some examples of sustainable ways to get involved with volunteering locally, nationally, and internationally. Why Is It Important to Volunteer? Volunteering is undoubtedly important and ...

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