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Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
High School Cupids

It’s rare to get a first-hand glimpse into our teens’ private lives, especially when it comes to romance. Typical questions from parents such as “Is she your girlfriend?” and “Do you just hang out in a group?” are most often answered with eye rolls and sighs. Given all the debate about teens choosing indifferent “hook ups” over caring relationships, parents should rest assured that high school students still enjoy a little good old fashioned romance on Valentine’s Day. Singing Valentines Think beyond traditional cards, flowers, and chocolates. Think beyond poems and candlelight dinners. At many high schools, vocal groups offer ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2014, 1:19 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Help Young People to Inspire Change in 2014

The New Year is a chance to look ahead and resolve to do better in the future. At Raleigh International we will be focusing on the potential of young people in 2014 - young people who have the energy and determination to make things happen and inspire change, especially when it comes to helping others. We believe in making the most of that potential and driving it forward to help young people achieve positive change. More than that, we truly believe that young peoples’ passion and creativity can contribute to sustainable development. We recently released a survey demonstrating that the ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Short-Term Strategies for Financial Aid Success

With FAFSA season fast approaching, you no longer have the luxury of long-term financial planning for college unless you happen to stumble upon a 1985 Delorean fully- loaded with a flux capacitor (in which case you should pull a Biff, bet on future sports events, and not even worry about financial aid). Space-time continuum transcending scenarios aside, here are some essential strategies for maximizing your federal aid. 1. Don’t assume that you are too wealthy to be eligible for aid Common sense would tell you that a family living in a 20,000-square-foot McMansion, driving matching his/her Maseratis, and spending Sunday ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, 11:12 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Understanding Diversity in Asperger's Syndrome

I recently had the opportunity to hear an eye-opening speech by Aaron Levinger, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) who was diagnosed in middle school and speaks to school audiences about his experience. While most of us have heard of Asperger’s, many are unsure of what exactly defines AS. Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum that affects many areas of development. Symptoms vary and range in intensity but often include difficulties with social communication, sensory sensitivities, poor motor coordination, and intense interest in and knowledge of certain – andsometimes unusual – subjects. When You've Met ...

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 12:50 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
STEAM Doodle 4 Google Competition

Recognizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for a prosperous future, both leaders in industry and academia encourage students to pursue studies and careers in these disciplines. Many educators and businesses, including Google, also appreciate the integral role of art and design in driving innovation. For them, STEM plus Art = STEAM. Doodle 4 Google Google will support their belief in STEAM with the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition, enticing us with the line, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” on the homepage of their search engine. The competition’s description ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 4:41 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
The Reality of Teen Athletes

My son attended an all boys’ elementary/middle school. I’ll never forget a parent meeting one evening at which fathers and mothers were all exercised about the school’s sports teams’ official rules of participation. I don’t remember the exact details, but I do remember emotions escalating in the room until the school psychologist stood up and proclaimed, “In the 100 year history of our school, not one graduate has gone on to be a professional athlete.” The psychologist was providing perspective, which is often lost these days when it comes to student athletes. A miniscule percentage of high school athletes will ...

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 12:05 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Break Down Your Financial Aid Award Letter

In just a few short weeks college financial aid award letters will start arriving. For most, this process is confusing; award letters are not all are the same and it’s hard to compare colleges when their award letters aren’t standardized. Award letters arrive after you receive your offer of admission. They should play a major factor in deciding which college to attend. What are the components of the award letter? Every award letter should contain these basic components: The full cost of attendance, which should be broken down into expenses such as tuition, room and board, textbooks, and even travel. ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 3:05 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The 15 Best Teenage Athletes of the 2014 Winter Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, every participating country around the world is watching for the best athletes and predicted medal winners. It just so happens that this year, many of these top athletes are teenagers, born in 1994 or later. The Bleacher Report put together a detailed list of the most talented teens of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Teens and adults and sports fans alike: get ready to be inspired. Sochi 2014: 15 Best Teenage Athletes 1. Polina Edmunds, USA Age: 15 Sport: Figure Skating Polina was recently put on the map at the U.S. Figure ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 12:09 p.m. by Sarah Burrows | View Comments
Internships and ROI

There has been much talk about unpaid internships, with many urging businesses to compensate students for their efforts. I am of a different mind. I think there is a time and a place for the unpaid, academic internship. While valid concerns have been raised, I believe, in the long run, even unpaid internships benefit students by providing the kind of integrated, real world experience that leads to wise career choices and ultimately paid positions. ROI is Real and Meaningful As a professor and the director of Lasell College’s Internship program, I’ve seen, first-hand, a return on investment that is real ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 11:02 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
6 Valuable Ways a Tutor Can Improve Your Standardized Test Score

Standardized tests are here to stay. Not only do colleges use them to determine academic abilities, but also partly base offers of admission on these scores. With competitiveness among college applicants growing, many parents and students should consider a tutor to help prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. If you’re considering a tutor for test prep or simply for academic help, it is prudent to know how a tutor could assist you and help you improve your scores. 1. A tutor can teach test-taking strategy. A good tutor can teach you how to approach difficult problems, use complicated math ...

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