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Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 3:43 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
boarding-schools

If you’re heading off to boarding school, you may have mixed feelings. You may be excited to make new friends, get out of the house, and spend time away from your parents. You may also be nervous to take on so much responsibility for yourself so far away from your home, family and friends. You may be wondering what boarding school is like and whether you will fit in. Whether you’re ready to go or are dragging your feet, think of boarding school as an adventure. Most teenagers won’t experience this much independence until they go to college. With smaller ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2017, 11:57 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
boarding-day

The label “boarding school” implies that all the students live on campus. But that’s not always true. Often schools accept both day and boarding students. It’s up to you – the prospective student – to decide how the ratio of boarders to day students affects the ambience of the school and whether that’s a good fit for you. At schools that offer boarding, the average percentage of boarders is about 70 percent, according to boardingschoolreview.com. But, that can vary widely depending on several factors: whether a boarding school is in a rural or urban area; whether it offers a specialized ...

Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 3:50 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
stem-animals

Are you interested in pursuing a STEM program to work with animals? The animal-related careers in science, technology, engineering or math are as vast as the animal kingdom itself. Jobs requiring STEM skills vary depending on the type of animals and the working environment so it’s important to think about where you want to be and what you want to do. Before you pursue a college STEM program, you should be able to answer these questions: What kind of animals do you want to work with (domestic pets, livestock, birds, ocean animals)? What interests you the most (teaching, conservation, medicine, ...

Posted Feb. 16, 2017, 6:02 p.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
college-essay-hobby

“Why are you wasting your time with that? Is your homework done?” That familiar refrain is probably heard thousands of times a day in households across the country. Parents think teens spend too many hours playing video games or drawing a graphic novel or knitting. But what if that seemingly impractical interest has some tangible benefit and even is the key to a future career? How do teens turn their “time wasters” into an asset on their high school resumes and college essays? If you know what you love, do something with it. “Nothing sells more than demonstration,” says Jill ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
performing-visual-arts

The circus employs lion tamers and trapeze artists – and the people who walk behind the elephants with a broom and a big dustpan. Put another way, show biz isn’t all about glamour. The hard reality is that only a few people have the skill and luck to make a good living as a musician, actor or dancer. The good news is that there are plenty of interesting things to study in performing arts programs that don’t include cleaning up after elephants. A recent look at Playbill.com showed a range of nonperforming job openings in theater: a stage supervisor in ...

Posted Feb. 9, 2017, 2:28 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
private-school

When my children were young, it never occurred to me to consider private school. I was a public-school kid of the 1960s. None of my friends went to private school. All the middle-class, average kids I knew walked to school every morning to the closest neighborhood school. It was that simple. My parents never considered the private school option. But times changed. The public schools changed. A generation later, the choice of schools was more complicated. Parents were considering other options as my children reached school age. The public schools became more crowded. Teachers became overwhelmed with responsibilities that added ...

Posted Feb. 2, 2017, 4:42 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
ssat for boarding

Whether you are thinking of applying to a private school in Los Angeles or a boarding school in Massachusetts, the odds are you will be required to take the SSAT - the Secondary School Admissions Test. It is used for admission to private schools and boarding schools, from elementary through high school, to assess applicants’ verbal, math and reading skills. What do you need to know about the SSAT? Here are the answers to some FAQs: 1. How often is the SSAT given? The SSAT is given once a month from October to April and once in June. It lasts ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 4 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Earth as seen from Vermont Tech's previous CubeSat satellite.

How many students can say they have worked on a satellite? At Vermont Technical College, one graduate student is getting the chance of a lifetime Vermont Tech’s CubeSat Laboratory is working with Morehead State University in Kentucky to build an elaborate satellite – called the Lunar IceCube – that will launch in 2018 and begin orbiting the moon. Vermont Tech is the only post-secondary technical college in Vermont and has residential campuses in Randolph Center and Williston. Students from all walks of life come to receive a top-notch, practical education. Looking for water on the moon Lunar IceCube is a ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2017, 12:14 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
STEM

Let’s be practical. It’s great to be a student interested in science, technology, engineering and math, but where will the jobs be when you’re ready to step into the workforce? The good news, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is that many STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than the average. The government expects overall STEM employment (excluding health care) to grow about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. That’s about 2 percent better than the rate overall. Health-care jobs add another big share. As many as 25 percent of all jobs will be in health care by ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 1:46 p.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Uconn pre-summer

Would you trade a week of your summer for the chance to rock your world, expand your brain, live on a university campus, boost your college applications and, of course, have fun? Sophia Costa did just that. Last summer, she enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Forensic Science classes at the University of Connecticut’s Pre-College Summer Program in Storrs, Conn. “I loved the program! It allowed me the opportunity to be immersed on a college campus with college students. I took science classes, which I love, with other high school students who have the same passion as me. I ...

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