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Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 2:56 p.m. by Jennifer Wagner | View Comments
10 Feel-Good Movies that Inspire Teenagers

There are many lists of movies for teens out there. But until now, I hadn’t thought of writing a list of movies that inspire. There are so many inspirational and motivational movies that I have seen and loved, but when choosing movies for this list, I included only movies that I think teens will enjoy. I also did not include any R movies on this list of feel-good movies for teens. Jennifer Wagner's 10 Inspiring, Feel-Good Movies for Teenagers: 1. The Blind Side (2009) A semi-biographical story of Michael Oher, football player for the Ravens. The movie follows his youth ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 2:44 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Life-Changing Gap Year in Australia

Even though her gap year didn’t go quite as planned, International Student Katherine (Kas) Heath wouldn’t trade her life-changing experience in Australia for anything in the world. Taking a gap year in her own words: Katherine (Kas) Heath. Why did you decide to participate in a gap year program? I had just finished university and wanted to take a year out before getting settled into a full time job,but I needed to work as well as travel. An old friend and I started talking about travelling and discovered we had similar interests, so we decided to look into gap year ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 2:27 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Changing Lives Through Sustainability

Allistair Landon embarked on a gap year program in India. Here is his story. Taking a gap year in his own words: Allistair Landon Why did you decide to participate in a gap year program? I was interested in a career in international development and I wanted to use my gap year to volunteer in the field. I also wanted the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures. Traveling on a gap year with Raleigh International seemed perfect for me. How did you research gap year programs and decide on which one to do? My aunt had previously volunteered on ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 1:59 p.m. by Scott Ingram | View Comments
Study Proves Benefits of Gap Year Programs

Thinking Beyond Borders (TBB) is proud to announce the outcomes of the first comprehensive impact assessment of our gap year programs. We’ve worked hard to create innovative programs, and we are thrilled to illustrate the exceptional impact they’ve had on our students. We’re publishing these findings to highlight best practices and contribute to the conversations around both international education and the college transition. Why This Study Matters There are two groups of people who will find this series useful: 1) those seeking a solution to the current crisis in higher education; 2) those seeking to educate a new generation of ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:43 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Summer Program Promoting Sustainability

Joshua Nodiff gained insight and passion for the environment during his overnight summer program. In His Own Words: Joshua Nodiff Shares His Summer Experience at BELL. Tell us a little bit about BELL The Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) was a remarkable experience that certainly changed my life for the better. The program is centered around environmental science, hands-on education, social activism, and community leadership. BELL brought together a diverse group of likeminded students from all over the world that subsequently became a family to me. Why did you choose BELL? While initially researching for programs to attend last summer, ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:28 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Using Pigtails to Stand Up Against Bullying

High school student Maisie Kate Miller from Marblehead, Massachusetts was teased for wearing pigtails. “Who wears pigtails still? What is this, kindergarten?” mocked the bully as she passed Maisie in the hallway. The taunt came during a difficult week for Maisie, which is one of the reasons she broke down in tears, as explained to the Washington Post. Unfortunately, this was not the first time Maisie was bullied. But despite the pain, tears and anger, the pigtail bully persuaded her to do something about it. Using social media, Maisie asked her school community to stand up against bullying by wearing ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:16 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Handling College Rejections: A Role Reversal

My daughter applied Early Decision (ED) to her dream college. She was flat out rejected. I was incensed that the school turned her away. She had the grades. She had the scores. She had substantial extracurricular activities. And she is a really nice kid. But that didn’t matter. Yes, I know that college admission is a numbers game, and that there are far too many qualified candidates vying for every precious spot at top colleges and universities. I knew that only 19 percent of the applicants to my daughter’s ED college were admitted the year prior. But when those statistics ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:01 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Public Vs. Private High School: One Family's Perspective

My son recently graduated from a high-quality private high school and my daughter is in 12th grade at a high-quality public one. My son prospered at private school, while my daughter would not change her educational experience at public school. I have an inside view of both worlds. Rather than provide my perspective on the pros and cons of each educational option, I am sharing the astute insights my daughter offered when she lobbied to stay in public school. Here’s a recap of our conversation with my points and her counterpoints: Just think, in private school you’ll get: Intellectual and ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 11:34 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Amazing Teen: Jordyn Schara

What were you doing when you were 14 years old? Most of us were entering high school, spending time with friends, arguing with our parents about curfew, and shopping for the newest trend. Jordyn Schara, a Wisconsin teen, probably did not have time to do any of these things when she was 14. Instead, she was creating her first community service project. Jordyn founded Project READ (Reading Equipment for America’s Defenders) with her brother when she turned 14. The Schara siblings shipped over 1,800 pounds of books, candy and other reading materials to troops overseas. That same year, Jordyn educated ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 11:15 a.m. by Ethan Knight | View Comments
3 Easy Steps to Plan the Perfect Gap Year

Planning a successful and structured gap year should be done with purpose and intent. There are many things to consider in advance. Here are a few simple steps to help you get started on your gap year journey. [Ready to browse through gap year programs?] Step 1: Consider the Following Questions • What needs to happen to make college a reality after your gap year? Do you need to defer, take a leave-of-absence, or arrange for a Consortium Agreement (a financial aid agreement between two schools)? What deadlines and deposits need to be paid to secure your enrollment? • How ...

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