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Posted May 27, 2020, 8:56 a.m. by Jason Sarouhan | View Comments
Should You Take a Gap Year or Go to College in Fall 2020?

College-bound students around the country are out of time and lack critical information to make a decision about their path forward this fall. Final admissions deadlines for most colleges loom on June 1st, with precious few clearly articulating the learning environment students can anticipate. The gap year option has been mopped around the media as both a poison and antidote, yet few helpful truths have been articulated to help students with their decision. Let's get a few things straight about the gap year. Are Gap Years a Thing in the United States? Despite what you might have read, gap year ...

Posted May 20, 2020, 10:59 a.m. by Cynthia Bahmani | View Comments
11 Ideas to Feel Better Physical and Mentally

Are you bored to tears with SIP and miss breaking a sweat? Do you miss your athletics and feeling fit? Did you miss Prom or other school dances? In addition, to walking and biking, check out these eleven ways to stay fit indoors AND outdoors with the power of your favorite music pumping in your veins, and lighting up good endorphins in your brain! Here is a link to how music can lift your spirit and mood. Most ideas below are from your fellow teens: Find a FITNESS APP you like, such as Nike Training Club, PilatesAnytime, Peleton Fitness, Orange ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 2:52 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Terence (TJ) Rumer, Rider University

Terence (TJ) Rumer Rider University: Westminster College of the Arts My time in high school and the beginning of college was spent acting and leading the arts in my small hometown in New Jersey. Some of my favorite memories were when I was a part of a new performance or organization, or when I would mentor younger artists as they were figuring out how they could develop their craft. As my years of performing on the stage and in front of the screen came to a close, I had to sit back and take stock of what aspects of the ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 10:04 a.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
Pivot

Generation Z possesses a lot of fantastic qualities, but the one thing we repeatedly hear from admission officers is that they want to see more grit, more resilience. Many high school students aren’t used to failure and find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move on, missing the chance to learn from their past mistakes. Don’t wallow in things you can’t control. As an independent educational consultant, I’m waking up daily to an inbox flooded with emails. Students are asking questions such as, “How is this virus going to affect my future college application? Are these abridged AP ...

Posted April 23, 2020, 9:56 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
College Acceptances, Deposits and Waitlists in the Year of the Coronavirus

Seniors. You know your options. You’ve got your college decisions from the colleges. April is traditionally the month when the power is all yours. Once you have been accepted you can choose to accept or deny the college acceptance. Or if you were waitlisted, you can choose to waitlist and accept another college. I know. It doesn’t feel powerful. Emotions are high, feelings are on edge as you waited so anxiously for so long to hear from the colleges. Not to mention that this year adds a world problem to throw everyone off balance… the Coronavirus. The Class of 2020 ...

Posted April 21, 2020, 9:27 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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We at TeenLife share society's goal of providing academic and enrichment opportunities that launch young people into life. Summer is an important time for learning. Thankfully there are a number of interesting online courses and virtual ways of meaningfully engaging middle and high school-aged students if they are unable to leave home or travel. They include coding classes, academic classes, foreign language learning - even remote community service experiences! Here are some of those that have caught our eye. American University: Discover the World of Communication Online Ready to build your college portfolio, learn something new, or explore an area ...

Posted April 16, 2020, 4:44 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
STEM

Looking for the most popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs this year? Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 10 most popular STEM programs for students from 6th grade through college. Acadia Institute: Advanced Marine Science Camp Program Seal Harbor, ME Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG Acadia Institute of Oceanography's Advanced Sessions are pre-college summer courses offered to students age 15-19 who have completed one year of high school science, preferably biology or chemistry. This course, located in Seal Harbor, Maine, offers high school students the chance to explore their collegiate and career options during the advanced sessions. ...

Posted April 14, 2020, 9:50 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Shannon Ferguson - Syracuse University

Shannon Ferguson Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts I first discovered my passion for art in middle school when I learned how to draw from life, but I always loved to draw and paint growing up. My favorite part of creating my work is being able to share my own narrative and experiences through art that may be different from others. I can do this through a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, book arts, interactive art, and sound art. The hardest part of creating for me is figuring out the best way to convey the message I ...

Posted April 14, 2020, 9:43 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Rebecca Albert - Minneapolis College

Rebecca Albert Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Entrepreneurial Studies Why did you choose to pursue entrepreneurial studies here at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)? I really like the idea of combining business with art. I have both the creative background, but I also think very linearly and when I learned about MCAD’s entrepreneurial studies program I realized that this would be like a really good fit for the way that I think and what I want to go into. What do you enjoy most about this program? I enjoy all of the classes that I'm in ...

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