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Posted May 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
At Turn-About Ranch, each student is assigned a horse to care for on the ranch.

There are many options for teens with mental health issues. Why would a working cattle ranch in the wilds of Utah be the answer for them and their parents? “When adolescents are failing in their home environment, it is sometimes essential for them to go to an isolated therapeutic environment to get their lives back together,” says Michelle Lindsay, executive director and licensed mental health counselor at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. “Today’s world is filled with technology that floods our lives with immediate gratification, mixed messages and constant diversions from what is most important. Our real, working cattle ranch ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 1:46 p.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Uconn pre-summer

Would you trade a week of your summer for the chance to rock your world, expand your brain, live on a university campus, boost your college applications and, of course, have fun? Sophia Costa did just that. Last summer, she enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Forensic Science classes at the University of Connecticut’s Pre-College Summer Program in Storrs, Conn. “I loved the program! It allowed me the opportunity to be immersed on a college campus with college students. I took science classes, which I love, with other high school students who have the same passion as me. I ...

Posted Nov. 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Surviving the College Admissions Roller Coaster

Applying to college has its ups and downs, and twists and turns. And, like a roller coaster, it can be an exciting, joyful ride or a painful, nauseating experience. But unlike a roller coaster, you don’t have to be at the mercy of uncontrollable forces when applying to college. You can take control of the college admissions process and not only ensure a smooth ride, but also a truly satisfying outcome. “One important key to success is to apply with purpose,” says Debra Thro of College Admission HQ, an online application prep course that can guide your college application from ...

Posted Oct. 26, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Get the Insider’s View at AU’s Gap Program

If you’re interested in a meaningful gap experience, look no further than Washington, D.C. Luckily for students in American University’s Gap Program in Washington, they are at the center of the action and getting an up-close view of an international capital that has an active role in shaping the world. The AU Gap Program is home to 10 to 20 students each semester in which students experience seminars, field trips and internships. Students live on the 84-acre AU campus in the District of Columbia (only four miles from the White House!). The program is open to high school graduates who ...

Posted July 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Four rules for being an au pair on your gap year

Have you ever dreamed about living abroad or doing a gap year after high school, only to be held back financially? Before starting college at the University of Wyoming, Taylor Wyndell embarked on a great journey to Switzerland because she found work as an “au pair” taking care of a family’s children. This was to be the teen’s first trip to Europe. In her words, “I was afraid if I didn’t do it while I was young I wouldn’t ever do it.” Being an au pair is a great way to work during a gap year and still get to ...

Posted June 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Have a Teen Headed to Camp? Break Out the Disposable Sheets!

If you have a teenager going to an overnight program this summer, you’ve probably already started the packing list, and most likely not without a hint of stress. Before you go too far down that path, the moms at Beantown Bedding have some words to the wise: Summer camp for teens should be like a mini vacation for you. Assume that everything you send will be lost, stolen or damaged, so set expectations low for the safe return of anything other than your actual kids. Get the rag bin ready for the return of stained T-shirts and suddenly single socks, ...

Posted April 5, 2016, 9:35 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Kick Start Your College Search with BigFuture™

The next step in your academic career is deciding where to apply to and attend college. With nearly 5,000 colleges to consider, you have plenty of options to choose from. But where to begin? Use these steps from BigFuture, the College Board’s free college planning tool, to start your college search: - Talk to Your Family: Talk to your family about your interests and goals. Ask them about their experience with college, if any, and find out what kind of support they can give you. - Make a Wish List: What do you want in a college? Make a list ...

Posted March 22, 2016, 9:08 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
SuperCamp Gives Teens the Power to Make a Change

What if you could give your teenager a gift this summer that would build confidence, sharpen goals, ease peer relationships, strengthen academics, and perhaps make life easier at home? And, did we mention empowering him or her to focus on something other than the closest screen? SuperCamp offers 8- and 10-day academically based programs for students ages 12 to 20 at campuses such as Stanford University in Palo Alto, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California State University in San Marcos, Villanova University in Philadelphia and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Internationally, it hosts camps in 12 countries, and ...

Posted Jan. 20, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Why Girls Should Consider Engineering as a Profession

Are you a girl interested in creative design, solving problems, and changing the world? Maybe you’re an engineer at heart. Forget what you might imagine about engineering: It’s only for guys, it’s boring, it’s nerdy. How about helping a Native American reservation save money on energy or developing household products that are easy to use or designing a bridge that cuts down on noise pollution? Those are just some of the accomplishments among women engineers we found on the National Academy of Engineering; corporations like Boeing and Northrop Grumman; the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Extraordinary Women Engineers Coalition of ...

Posted Jan. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
New to a Language? Try Total Immersion?

You’ve heard of Spanish 101 for beginners? Well, how about Spanish 24/7? It might seem overwhelming if you’re a newbie at a foreign language to immerse yourself in, say, Spanish, just as if you were traveling overseas and had to make your way around. But guess what? It works. “It definitely can be more intimidating as a beginner,” says Amy Kluber, Director of the Summer Academies at Middlebury Interactive Languages, which holds summer language immersion programs for middle and high school students in Vermont and abroad. But beginners at Middlebury Interactive’s Language Academy are the ones who make the most ...

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