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Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Maine Maritime Academy: Brandon St. Germain

Brandon St. Germain studies engineering at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? Math and science have always been my favorite subjects. Math and science studies provide me with great challenge, they’re intriguing, and have helped me hone my skills as a problem-solver. At Maine Maritime Academy, Thermodynamics has been my favorite class. I found it fascinating to study the properties of different substances, how they react under different temperatures and pressures, and their practical applications for our lives. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was ...

Posted Sept. 20, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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The realization might start to gnaw at you while you rewrite a draft, or slam into you while you are walking to class: I HATE my college essay! Now what? As your elementary school teacher might have cautioned, hate is a strong emotion. It is no fun to feel like you hate your college essay at any point, especially as nerve-wracking deadlines loom. And, the point of the essay is to make the college admissions committee fall in love with you and your incredible personality and distinctive writing style. Your stomach drops and you lose all hope of a bright ...

Posted Sept. 17, 2018, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Doctor or nurse wearing stethoscope with folded arms.

Are you interested in becoming a doctor? If so, you should be thinking about which college or pre-med program best fits that career path. It’s a long road from college to medical school to residency and you will need to research the education you need and find the best college to reach that goal. What is Pre-Med? When students say they are pre-med, what does that mean? If you are planning to attend medical school and become a doctor, you need to understand the definition of pre-med and what pre-med students study. “Pre-med” is just a description people use to ...

Posted Sept. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
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You’ve probably heard of the National Honor Society, but do you really understand what it is, who gets in or how being a member could pay off for you as a high school student? Getting into NHS requires a lot of work and dedication. You need to meet the GPA requirement and other standards to be considered for membership. But it can be well worth the effort, not only for college applications but for the skills you’ll learn. Here’s a breakdown of of everything you need to know about NHS to help you determine if the work involved is a ...

Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pennsylvania College of Technology: David Zlotnicki

David Zlotnicki is studying electronics and computer engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have you always been interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields? I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to major in when I was in high school. Math wasn’t my strong suit, but I liked electronics, and computer classes were my favorite, so I figured I’d give that a try. Once I started applying math and science concepts to what I was building and testing in electronics labs, it became more interesting to me. I never thought I would be the one to take ...

Posted Sept. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Kentucky College of Engineering: Isabella Ritz

Isabella Ritz studies biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. What made you pick biomedical engineering? As I was exploring different career paths I could take with my materials engineering major, I realized biomaterials was an up and coming field so I thought by having a biomedical engineering minor I could create a unique profile for myself. Because biomedical engineering is so broad, almost any engineering discipline works with biomedical engineering. What do you like best about the University of Kentucky? You can pick the classes that tailor to your interests. And you can get six of your 18 hours ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
College of Mount Saint Vincent: Aneesa Alli

Aneesa Alli studied at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y., and wants to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Why did you choose to study a STEM subject in college? I chose to participate in a STEM program because I felt that it would point me in the right direction in my career. Being part of a STEM program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent has placed me in the company of other students with similar passions. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? During my senior year of ...

Posted Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
high school girl wearing striped shirt worrying over a test.

Preparing for a big exam is always a daunting proposition. And that goes double for college admissions tests like the ACT. The ACT, as you probably know, is one of the two major tests colleges accept with applications. The other is the SAT. The ACT is divided into four multiple-choice sections plus an optional essay. The English section tests grammar, punctuation and syntax. The math section tests math, of course, with the most advanced questions hitting precalculus concepts like trigonometry and imaginary numbers. The Reading section is a pretty basic reading comprehension test. The Science section assesses your ability to ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Student pumping his fist as he  gets a good test score back from a teacher.

You know that grades are an important part of college applications. You might wonder, however, which grade point average or GPA will get a nod from admissions officers and which will make them place your application in the reject pile. You might also be wondering where you fit in compared to other applicants. As you might imagine, it’s a complicated question. A good GPA for one student or at one college, might be different for another student at another college. Each college uses GPA guidelines in their admissions process but you should know where your GPA fits in at the ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Young Americans College of Performing Arts: Jonah Buckels

Jonah Buckels studies voice at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in Corona, CA. How did you discover your passion for performing? I grew up a "performer.” At every family event when I was young, my siblings, cousins and I would usually put on little performance for our parents and grandparents. Performing always meant family to me as I moved on to theater in junior high and high school. But it wasn't until my junior year when I found my passion for the arts. I was an avid baseball player and theater was always No. 2. But when my ...

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