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Posted July 30, 2019, 3:40 p.m. by Kristen Licciardi | View Comments
How to Avoid Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is a pertinent issue for children, teens and parents alike. Luckily, there are ways to combat this ongoing competition between siblings! Sibling Rivalry: Turning a Negative into a Positive "Mom, why do you pay more attention to HIM than ME?" This was the question posed by my youngest--and most outspoken--son, Daniel. I was interrogated in my very own kitchen, while cooking meatballs. Caught red-handed as I gave a much-needed hug to Daniel's older brother, Gregory, a middle schooler fretting over his homework. "Mom, do you love him more than me?!" Daniel persisted. He's never been one to mince ...

Posted July 30, 2019, 9:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fine Art  Rachel Berkowitz

Rachel Berkowitz studied the arts at Northeastern University. How did you discover your passion for the arts? Growing up, I had never considered myself artistic in the traditional sense of drawing and painting, but I had always admired artists and wished that I could find a creative outlet of my own. I finally found that outlet in photography in the seventh grade, when I borrowed my mom’s camera on a whim to take photos for a contest at school. I love how photography allows me to find beauty in ordinary situations and change the perspective in which others see the ...

Posted July 30, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
Young blond woman in blue sweater working on robotics.

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 29, 2019, 10 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
pre-college packing

I’m headed off to college in a week and a half, so these past few weekends have been spent scouring stores for the best buys in dorm room necessities and…not-so necessities. Quite the pile has sprung up in the front hallway, and the prospect of leaving is, by shear volume of possessions, becoming a great deal clearer. But, as fun as this packing process has been and can be for everyone, it must be undertaken with rhyme, reason, and careful planning. Hopefully, these tips will help your or your soon-to-be-college student’s transition be all that much smoother. Good luck! 1. ...

Posted July 29, 2019, 8 a.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
Do You Know These Dirty Dozen College Essay Mistakes?

The people who score ACT, SAT and college application essays read a lot of ACT, SAT and college application essays. A whole lot. Some of the writing they assess stands out from this crowded field for good reasons: dazzling writing, penetrating insights, incisive analysis. Other entrance test or college essays, however, stand out for silly errors and cringeworthy lapses of judgment. To help you avoid falling into this latter group, we’ve rounded up a dozen very basic – and surprisingly common – mistakes to avoid when you sit down to write your test or college essays. And if you need ...

Posted July 26, 2019, 9 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Mountain student

The idea of venturing away from home after high school is daunting. The idea of venturing before that? Maybe a little terrifying. Yet that’s the idea behind semester schools. It’s a basic concept: Go to school for one semester. The catch is that the school is outside of your world and probably outside of your comfort zone. Semester schools offer specialized programs that allow high school students — typically during your junior year — to study away from home, getting real-world experiences along the way. You return with a semester’s worth of high school credit and a wealth of brand-new ...

Posted July 26, 2019, 8 a.m. by Shirag Shemmassian | View Comments
after-school

There’s a particular piece of bad advice when it comes to college admissions that ought to be debunked because it keeps many students out of their dream schools each year. It comes in many forms, including: “Join as many clubs and teams as you can, and try to be president or captain.” “Be as well-rounded as possible.” “Admissions committees want to see students who did X/Y/Z activity.” Students who take this advice very seriously end up disappointed when college application decisions roll in and they find more unexpected rejections than surprising acceptances, regardless of their high grades and ACT/SAT scores. ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 10:58 a.m. by Rosa Heyman | View Comments
My Carefree Summer As A CIT

When I remember how I spent the summer after my sophomore year of high school – working as a counselor-in-training (CIT) at my summer camp in New Hampshire – certain images and memories flood back to me more vividly than do more recent memories from my final years of high school or early years of college. Waking up to the sound of the bugle in the morning and the first shock of the cold air after I threw off my covers; the nearly scalding hot water we used to spray the plastic plates and mugs and bowls before we sent ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Emma Cathy Smith

Emma Cathy Smith studied communications and music at Stevenson University. Why did you pick this particular college? Stevenson University has taken my experience a step further by allowing me to try something new. I met with Stevenson’s Director of Music, Mark Lortz, and decided to learn a brand new instrument—baritone—despite never playing a brass instrument before. There aren’t many college-level music departments that allow you to come in and work your way up, but Stevenson has encouraged me to grow throughout my entire experience. Through personalized lessons and the ability to grow with such a diverse group of people, I ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:08 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Julie Landes

Julie Landes studied music at Pacific Lutheran University. How did you discover your passion for music? My passion for music began when I started piano lessons in kindergarten. As a child who loved music, I was prompted to join the elementary choir. However, though I had brief stints in choral ensembles, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I really fell in love with the art of singing. My high school had recently gotten a new choral director, and she inspired us all to work hard and sing with great technique. I was motivated not only to ...

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