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Posted July 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Boston Conservatory at Berklee: Rachelle Miller

Rachelle Miller plays trumpet and is a student at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She describes improvisation as the “alter ego” to her role as a classical musician. Tell us how you discovered a passion for improvisation. I think I have been improvising ever since I picked up the trumpet, though at the time, I didn’t really know that what I was doing was a kind of improvisation. When I got to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, I heard about Pierre Hurel’s Improvisation Workshop, and took it as a music elective. The class focuses on a non-idiomatic style of improvisation, meaning that ...

Posted July 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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Here’s the deal: When it comes time to write your Common Application college personal essay, it’s not really about the prompt. It's what you do with it, and how deep you go. Each prompt is a doorway into a story you want to tell, something distinctive you want to share You have to know a few things to pull this off: What the genre of personal essay requires of you generally (general purpose of the essay); what each Common Application prompt is asking for (decoding the question); what possible responses are available to you (your life experiences and what you’ve ...

Posted July 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Ava Wichser is a student at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Art

Ava Wichser is studying dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. How did you discover your passion for dance? I discovered my passion for dance when I first started dancing at a serious level, but every day I find more and more passion as I dance. There is so much to achieve and there is always room to push yourself and expect greater things. Always reaching for more sparked my passion. What's your favorite thing about performing? When you perform, it is the only thing that matters. Being completely present and sharing your art ...

Posted July 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
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Are you passionate about science – and your trombone? Do you picture yourself becoming a doctor – and still want to sing? Are you an aspiring audio engineer who excels in physics? Are you trying to figure out how to put together a career in mathematics without giving up the violin? If you’re a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) student and a proficient musician, there’s good news: When you graduate from high school, you can do both. An increasing number of students are finding creative ways to keep their STEM interest and love of music alive in college ...

Posted July 19, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Theatre School at DePaul University: Garrett Young

Garrett Young is studying acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. I chose DePaul for so many reasons, but I’ll list a few of them: Chicago is hands down the greatest city to study theater, the artistic community here is rich and vibrant; seeing professors and alumni work on phenomenal shows inspires me. The conservatory training here is intense. I wanted a school that was going to push me miles outside of my habitual sweet spots, and my teachers don’t let me get away with any bull. 100 percent of admitted Theatre School students receive a scholarship, and that ...

Posted July 18, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Arizona College of Fine Arts: Delphine Chang

Delphine Chang is studying dance at the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. How did you discover your passion for dance? Dance plays a significant role in many cultures. I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, surrounded and inspired by the city’s magnetic energy and vibrant culture. I was mesmerized by the dancing in traditional festivals, which ultimately spurred my love for this art form. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love how a performance can mean something different to everyone. The presence of ambiguity in many creations is what excites and inspires me. That said, I have always ...

Posted July 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? I knew from a young age that I was the happiest with a sketchbook and pencil in hand. Outside of class, I would always be drawing and painting, to the point of receiving paint kits and sketchbooks for holiday presents instead of toys or games. I knew I wanted to pursue art as a career when I was in my first year of college at a university, studying something far from creative. During class I ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music.

Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music. What first got you interested in music? Classical music was an immediate attraction of mine from a very young age. You could often find me mindlessly plucking at the keys of a piano. My parents had no musical skills, but enrolled me in piano lessons and helped foster what desires I naturally expressed. As time passed, I joined my school’s choir and band programs. My time in these programs encouraged and developed my vision for a career in music education. What do you like best about ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Every October, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus hosts a Science Carnival. Students at the two-year residential school dress in white lab coats and conduct scientific experiments in chemistry, biology and physics for more than 1,000 elementary grade students from nearby schools. It’s just one of the ways the school provides outreach to other teachers and students in the hope that younger children will become excited about the possibilities of science. MSMS is one of a growing number of schools to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). STEM schools provide innovative learning experiences that help ...

Posted July 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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There are several ways you can set yourself apart academically from your peers. One common way to do this is by taking Advanced Placement courses and exams during your high school career. Before you enroll in an AP course, however, read through these Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you’ve considered everything before finalizing your decision. There are several factors to consider other than simply being “smart enough” for one of these classes. What is the difference between an AP course and regular course offered at my school? There are two main differences between regular and AP classes: The curriculum ...

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