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Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Missouri University of Science and Technology: Katelyn Brinker

Katelyn Brinker is in a dual-degree program in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program? I've always been a problem-solver, a go-getter and someone eager to learn. STEM allows me to combine who I am with my interests to advance my field and make an impact. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was right for you? In high school, I had the opportunity to participate in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses, which allowed me to see how I could ...

Posted Feb. 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Edinboro University: Jessica Porter

Jessica Porter is a senior studying early childhood education for grades pre-K-4 and special education for grades K-8 at Edinboro University. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program? Courtesy of my undergraduate classes and field experiences, I have learned the importance and emphasis of STEM in early childhood education. I was eager to learn how to incorporate STEM across the curriculum and develop engaging, hands-on STEM opportunities for my students. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I am currently a senior at Edinboro University studying early childhood ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
How to Stay Relaxed About the PSAT – Your First Big College Test

So you’re about to board the high-speed train that is the college admissions process. First stop: PSAT. The PSAT is the slightly easier, decidedly lower-stakes version of the oft-dreaded SAT. Nearly 4 million 10th- and 11th-graders take the test each year, mostly to see where they stand and get a little practice for the real thing (and, for the very highest 11th-grade scorers, to compete for a National Merit Scholarship). While the PSAT may be less daunting than some of the college entrance exams to come, it does mark your initiation into the standardized testing club. For many high school ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pennsylvania College of Technology: Garrett Corneliussen

Garrett Corneliussen is studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have you always been interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields? Funny, I actually was not too big on science and math when I was younger. It wasn't until I learned how these subjects are relevant and useful in everyday life that I became enthused. Now, everywhere I look I see STEM, and I never want to stop learning. What is it about welding that captured your attention? Taking welding courses in high school, I was instantly drawn to the mix of industry and ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Vermont Technical College: Manny Aretakis

Manny Aretakis is pursuing a dual-degree at Vermont Tech in Randolph Center, VT. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program? I grew up with a fascination for how machines work, how they were assembled, repaired and modified. I knew at an early age that I wanted the skills to be able to design and build projects of my own and this is what lead my desire to pursue an engineering degree. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I’ve always been a hands-on learner and I wanted to ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2018, 8 a.m. by Marybeth Holley | View Comments
Five College Essay Topics Admissions Counselors Are Tired of Reading

Teachers know it, guidance counselors know it, and even colleges know it: High school students dread writing the personal college essay. The pressure is high, the word count is low and it can be next to impossible to know where to start. While there are dozens of resources online telling you what you should include, knowing what you shouldn’t include can be just as helpful. Luckily for you, admissions counselors tend to be vocal about how to avoid a swift kick into the rejection pile. College admissions counselors are always on the lookout for unique, memorable essays to give them ...

Posted Feb. 6, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
How Actors Can Find Their Roles in Voiceover

What do “Finding Nemo” and a radio ad for a small-town pizza parlor have in common? Both rely on the vocal talents of people you probably never see. Big-budget animated movies provide high-paying speaking roles for movie stars, but you don’t need to be famous to find performing arts opportunities in voice-over. For example, while some audiobooks are read by celebrities like Claire Danes, who narrated Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” most are read by people like Elizabeth Wiley, associate professor of theater at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. (She was named a finalist in the Audie ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
American University Gap Program: Joseph Caplis

Joseph Caplis participated in the spring semester of American University’s Gap Program. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I had never intended to take a gap year. In fact, I was adamantly opposed to it. The decision to do so is one of the best I’ve ever made. Now that I’m wrapping up my first semester in college, I see the incredible benefits a gap-year provided. For example, one skill my gap experience gave me before coming to college was knowing how to schedule my week, manage my time and take care of all the ...

Posted Jan. 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's Freshman Year: Check In About These College Admissions Tasks

It’s time for a mid-year checkup. Half of the school year has passed and with a new start in January, students should evaluate their progress. Freshman year begins the process that eventually culminates in admission to college for most students. Knowing this, it’s crucial for your freshman to complete these tasks before the end of the school year. Before the year ends, take a close look at each of these tasks. How is your student doing? Is it time for a conversation? Does your student need a little motivation? 1. Get involved in a school activity. Your student has been ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University: Julia Jesse

Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? I always enjoyed math and science and I was good at it. I wanted to be in a meaningful career where I felt every day I was doing something to impact the world and solve the problems in the world around me. With engineering, that’s what you’re doing. You’re solving real world problems. I wanted to see the impact of my work as an engineer. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? I chose mechanical engineering, because I wanted to work in ...

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