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Posted Dec. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sonja Montiel | View Comments
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Our children never outgrow wanting “stuff” for the holidays. Look at your teen’s gift list and you will see the usual items that sound like a foreign language, possibly with footnotes about their emotional dependency for each item. Go ahead, read it: I really need to have the-most-advanced-tech-thingy-that-you-don’t-know-how-to-use-or-pronounce, or everyone is wearing this piece-of-cloth-that’s-way-too-expensive-but-I’ll-die-without-it! As parents, we have been there, done that, and negotiated for years, right? However, if you have a high school senior, maybe you won’t read such a list this particular season. For most seniors, something extraordinary happens with their wish lists for the holidays. The concept ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
School of The New York Times: Ashley R.

Ashley R. spent part of her summer at The School of The New York Times. Why did you come to The School of The New York Times? I came to The School of the New York Times to advance my knowledge of journalism and explore the continuously evolving city of New York. The dedicated staff emphasized journalism’s prevalence in society, and the passionate students contained my same drive for producing articles, photographs and videos that tell commonly untold stories. When these elements came together, us students thrived. What is your key takeaway from Summer Academy? On orientation day, one of ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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For students who want to major in the visual or performing arts, there are three choices: a music or art conservatory; a university or liberal arts college with a strong arts department; or a university with its own conservatory. Each option offers something slightly different, so it’s important to know your goals before you decide. “It really comes down to how serious you are about your craft,” said Abby Siegel, a college counselor based in New York City. “If this is something that you really want to pursue as your career, and you’re not interested in liberal arts and the ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Summer Springboard: Adilene Marie Klink

Adilene Marie Klink spent part of her summer in a Summer Springboard program at UC Berkeley. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I’ve always wanted to participate in a summer program ever since I was young, but none of them seemed right for me. I felt like it was pointless for my mother to send me away for weeks to programs with no educational value whatsoever. So when I discovered Summer Springboard, I knew this was the summer program for me. It would allow me to delve deeper into a career I have always been interested ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2018, 8 a.m. by Shannon Vasconcelos | View Comments
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By far, the most lucrative source of scholarship funding for college is the colleges themselves. Having said that, however, there are thousands of scholarships available from organizations outside of the colleges that may be worth pursuing. We generally call these funds “private scholarships” or “outside scholarships,” and they can certainly make a sizable dent in your college costs. In order to cash in on the wealth of outside scholarship funding that is out there, follow these 10 tips: Use the web. I start here because most students do. There are some great scholarship searches on websites like www.scholarships.com, www.bigfuture.org, and ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program: Samantha

Samantha Cherveny spent part of her summer studying gender and memoir at Wellesley Pre-College Immersive Program in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was more than a little nervous entering Wellesley’s campus this past June, considering I had never been away from home for more than three consecutive days, much less an entire month, much less by myself. Yet, I wanted to break out of my comfort zone, meet new people with ideas that differed from those typical of my small hometown in Ohio, and experience life on my own in a place ...

Posted Dec. 5, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
UMass Amherst: Kraylee Ledger

Kraylee Ledger spent part of her summer at the UMass Amherst - Sport Management and Leadership Academy. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to participate in an overnight summer program because of all of the opportunities it provides me. Attending a program like this sets you apart from other kids who are just sitting at home during their summer break. Programs like this allow me to have a hands-on learning experience in and out of the classroom. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I studied with the Sports ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Camp Lakewood: Skylar Coleman

Skylar Coleman spent a summer as a counselor-in-training at YMCA Camp Lakewood in Potosi, Missouri. How did you become a CIT at YMCA Camp Lakewood? I was first welcomed into the YMCA family the summer of 2018 when I was accepted into the CIT program at Camp Lakewood. This was a genuinely amazing and fun experience that I will never be able to forget. I met so many unique and true-to-themselves people that I spent an amazing summer with. Because of this I applied and was again accepted as a CIT, only this time for Winter Camp - I decided ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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Have you, like thousands of students all over the country, waited a bit too long to start your college essay? Did you procrastinate? Did wishful thinking assure you that a brilliant perfect essay would just appear at the right moment like Sentence Clause (yeah, that kind) from a proverbial chimney? Now you have to crank out an essay, brilliant or not. If you’re reading this, you’re not actually screwed. You have to adopt a game-time mindset, and get on with it. Anyway, all working writers will tell you that good writing is tricky; there’s no one best timeline. And some ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts - Henry Crater

Henry Crater spent part of his summer at French Woods performing arts camp in Hancock, New York. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? The point in my life when I chose to go to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts was the point in my life when I started thinking about theater as something serious, a professional career rather than just a hobby. I was 13 years old, in seventh grade. I had done mostly community theater shows and a few professional shows at a local regional theater, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. My love for ...

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