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Posted Dec. 2, 2020, 8:44 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year program

Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a Raleigh International Expedition for several reasons. I wanted to be part of a program that would help me to step outside of my comfort zone, develop connections with people, allow myself to see life from a different perspective, and to benefit others’ lives. I was eager to travel and I was enthusiastic about meeting new people! I have grown up in a small town in the United States, with parents who have a very international outlook. At heart I think I’m quite adventurous and ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2020, 1:51 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
college application

Coronavirus shutdowns hit the U.S. just before most high school seniors received college acceptance packets. For members of the class of 2021, the application process – from researching options to campus “visits” – will be very different, taking place almost entirely online. “The college search is challenging enough for students in the best of times,” said Scott Anderson, senior director and board secretary of Common App. “If you layer on top of that the general unavailability of in-person experiences and the uncertainty of what the college experience is going to be like a year from now, it’s a totally different ...

Posted Nov. 24, 2020, 2:36 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program

Jordan Brooks Brentsville District High School- Class of 2021 National High School Game Academy at Carnegie Mellon University- Summer 2020 A large majority of the high schools in my district are STEM-based. As the smallest high school in the county, I attend Brentsville District High School. Although my participation in the Cambridge program allows me to take advanced math and science classes, my school is agriculturally focused and does not offer any computer science-based programs, clubs, or classes for students to join. With the fact that courses relating to computer science and video game design are limited in my area, ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teenage community service is more than something that your mom insists will look good on your high school resume. It can point you to new interests, new friends, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even a lifelong career. And yeah, okay, it’ll also look good on your resume. But beyond all of that, community service instills a lifelong habit of helping others. It encourages you to look to the needs of your community and use your resources to pass on good to those who need it the most. Whether it’s a service that is well-known and carries prestige or small ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2020, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year

Gap year and semester programs are more popular than ever with many prospective freshmen wondering if it's better to take a year off before they head off to college. Whether it's abroad or at home, we want to share a wide variety of gap programs that you don't want to miss! From expeditions across breathtaking mountains to develop your skills in leadership, there are unique opportunities for a wide range of interests and passions. Please keep checking back as we will continue to add more! Arcos Journey Abroad Session Dates: April 4th to May 26th, 2021 Travel this spring to ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2020, 2:07 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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November 4, 2020. TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement which began on October 1, 2020! Our joint mission in this effort is to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them. TeenLife has been a recognized resource in the high school space since 2008 and is known for building greater awareness of all sorts of meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students before they enter college. The GYA is likewise excited to connect with ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2020, 2:55 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Career Key and TeenLife Media Announce Partnership

November 3, 2020 Career Key and TeenLife Media are excited to announce a new partnership! As the industry leaders in career decision making and teen academic/enrichment experiences, we have teamed up to help students learn more about themselves via the Career Key Discovery Personality Assessment for Students, so they can find "best-fit" summer, school year, and gap experiences that prepare them for success in college and life beyond school. What TeenLife and Career Key Hope to Achieve Together Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu, CEO of Career Key, says: Experiential learning is a cornerstone of clarifying career interests in preparation for college and beyond. ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2020, 10 a.m. by Ellie Mckinsey | View Comments
entrance exam

Applying for colleges is a lot of work, even without the addition of an audition. You need to write exceptional essays, prepare your resume, and make sure you keep your grades up. If you’re applying for a music college, you’ll also need to prepare for your entrance exam. Follow these tips to ensure you’re as prepared as possible before walking into the audition room. 1. Get Advice Talk to your teacher and any friends that have gone through the audition process. Ask them what the panel was like, the size of the room, and anything else you might want to ...

Posted Oct. 28, 2020, 10 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
college applications

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. “Oh no! I’m a senior – my last year of high school. Senior year is supposed to be my big, happy (after I get into college) last year of high school. It’s supposed to be the time when I figure out where in this whole country I want to apply to and go to college. I’ve been thinking and dreaming of my senior year all through high school.” As have all seniors… and so let’s think together of how to ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. by Adeleine Halsey | View Comments
New Year New Me

"2020 will be my year!" As is the annual tradition, my family exclaimed this with great confidence in late December. We made our New Year's resolutions. We read the "New year new me!" posts on Instagram. Many recounted the dreadfulness of 2019 and rejoiced in the great relief of the turning of the decade. The allure of a new year lay in the promise of bright and unlimited possibilities - a chance to kiss your old-year self goodbye. It represented something exciting: a whole other 365 days to see what this dear old world throws our way. 2020 Is Beyond ...

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