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Posted Dec. 2, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Center for Talent Development at Northwestern: Brantley Gilliard

Brantley Gilliard spent part of his summer at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? My mother wanted to find ways for me to pursue my interest in computer science, outside of school, but there were not many suitable options for me to do so around our area. When she found Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) summer program, I was reluctant to go because I had never experienced a stay-away summer program. I was 9 years old and not yet ready to leave the house. How did you ...

Posted Dec. 2, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wagner College Pre-Med: Francesca DeSilvio

Francesca DeSilvio (center, above) spent part of her summer in the pre-med and science pre-college program at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose the Wagner Pre-Med and Science Pre-College Program because I wanted to learn more about the medical field and thought there would be no better place to attend a summer program than a college that I always wanted to attend. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? Something always fascinated me about the medical field. I love the idea of helping ...

Posted Dec. 1, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
VISIONS Service Adventures: Jasmine Berger

Jasmine Berger lived and volunteered on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation with VISIONS Service Adventures. What made you pick a summer program through Visions? VISIONS combined my favorite things – travel, learning and community service. What I love about VISIONS is that the main focus of the trip is volunteering. Although there is still plenty of time to relax and explore, serving the community is the top priority. What was a typical day like during this program? The weekday was structured around different worksites and projects. Every day we would choose between the different volunteering opportunities: soup kitchens, restocking food pantries, ...

Posted Dec. 1, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
UConn Pre-College Summer: Nia Foster

Nia Foster spent part of her summer at the University of Connecticut’s Pre-College Summer Program. Why did you choose to participate in UConn’s Pre-College Summer program? I chose to participate in UConn’s Pre-College Summer program, because after visiting the university and finding out about the pre-vet program, I spoke with my mother and reiterated how working with animals is all I wanted to do. The university is like a small community filled with so many opportunities, accompanied by smiles and friendly faces. I didn’t envision, nor did I seek other opportunities for a summer program. During my visit, I was ...

Posted Nov. 27, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
Young female traveler leaning out a window on a train.

You’ve probably heard friends or other people in your life talk about something called a gap year. A gap, which actually could be as short as a semester or longer than a year, is time students can take between graduating high school and starting college. You can do it for many reasons. You might want to get some work experience under your belt, or maybe you just need to get out of a classroom for more than a few months. Whatever your reason, it doesn’t have to ruin your chances of getting into your dream college. In fact, it can ...

Posted Nov. 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Cornell University Summer College: Logan Roberts

Logan Roberts participated in Cornell University’s Summer College program. Why did you choose to participate in an academic summer program? I have always believed that there is no better investment one can make than an investment in education. Having the opportunity to study at a world-class institution like Cornell was a dream come true. Rather than spending the summer simply looking forward to the future, Summer College empowered me to actively shape the future I wanted for myself. How did you decide that Summer College was right for you? Having spent my entire life living a mere 25 minutes away ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Idyllwild Arts Academy: Ekaterina Kate Gladkaia

Ekaterina Kate Gladkaia came from Russia to spend a summer at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. What made you decide to come to Idyllwild Arts Academy? I found Idyllwild Arts from an international school fair in my own country, Russia, and it immediately drew my attention because of the incredible program where you would work as hard as a college student. This is a very big advantage of Idyllwild Arts: what makes it one of the best summer programs in the U.S. What did you discover or study at Idyllwild? My personal experience is connected with a Film & ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Inward Bound Mindfulness Retreats: Austin Thoren

Austin Thoren has partipated in mindfulness retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to go on my first summer teen retreat when I was 15 years old. It was the summer following my first year of high school and I didn’t have any plans to do anything cool, except to go on retreat. I chose to go because I had been on a similar retreat a few months earlier that had been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I wanted to be a part of ...

Posted Nov. 24, 2018, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Loyola Marymount University: Samantha Small

Samantha Small studied Beginning Screenwriting in the summer at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is now a screenwriting major there. Why did you choose to participate in an overnight summer program? I thought I had an idea of what I wanted to do for a living but I wanted to be completely sure before applying to college. By participating in this program, I was able to confirm my passion for it and even ended up choosing it as my major! I really wanted to go away to an overnight program because it is great practice for college and ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP): Austin Crawley

Austin Crawley spent part of his summer at the Engineering Summer Academy at the University of Pennsylvania. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? Each year I participate in a summer program for enrichment. The summer before my senior year, I wanted to experience a summer program at a university that provided strong academic classes, lab participation, team-building activities, and programs to help me explore careers in the field of engineering. In my overall development and preparation for college, I needed to experience life away from home at a university where I’m ...

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