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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 Engineeryourlife.org, a collaboration of the National Academy of Engineering; corporations like Boeing and Northrop Grumman; the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Extraordinary ...

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 ...

Posted Dec. 29, 2015, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Lights, Camera, FAFSA!

Get Reel: 5 Movie-Inspired Tips for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid If college is in your future, filing the FAFSA is the most important thing you can do to get money to help pay for it. It’s the gateway to all forms of federal financial aid, including grants, loans, and work-­?study programs. These tips, based on your favorite movies, can help you star in your own award-winning FAFSA production. 1. FAFSA and Furious: Race to file your FAFSA as soon as possible from Jan. 1 on, so you don’t miss out on first-come, first-served aid. Deadlines vary by ...

Posted Dec. 8, 2015, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Why Study a Foreign Language?

Perhaps you dream of ordering tapas in a cafe in Barcelona or actually standing on the Great Wall of China. Perhaps you want to collaborate with a researcher on the other side of the world. Or perhaps you are committed to working in a refugee center, either here or overseas. But did you know that studying a language can make you smarter and possibly help you do better in other school subjects? And if you’re in high school, your brain is on fire right now. It’s going through a growth spurt equal only to that of very young children, except ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Holiday Community Service Ideas [and E-Book Sneak Peek!]

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of the holidays and quickly find yourself caught up in the season’s many parties and meals. So how to share your good fortune with others? Soup kitchens and food banks are worthy causes, but sometimes they have all the volunteers they need this time of year. We’ve got solutions in our new eBook: “Share the Bounty: 25 Holiday Community Service Ideas.” Download 1. Brighten the day for hospital patients or nursing home residents. Call a local facility and ask if someone needs company during the holidays. Some families live far away, ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2015, 10:36 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
navigating college scholarships

Who would be crazy enough to pass up free money for college? But that’s what you might be doing if you’re not taking advantage of scholarships and grants. This type of aid covers about 30 percent of college costs for the average student, according to How America Pays for College 2015, a report published by Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. But, in the rush of school, test prep, applications, sports, and all the other things you are doing, it’s hard to make time to search for those opportunities. So November - National Scholarship Month ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Make the Most of Your Gap Year with a D.C. Internship

Oonagh Cavanagh grew up in a small Vermont town, hiking, camping, skiing, and loving anything that had to do with the outdoors. So when she was looking for a gap experience before college, she looked for a program where she could put her passion about protecting the environment to work. The answer was American University’s Gap Program. AU offers gap students a chance to spend a semester or year in Washington, D.C., both studying and working as an intern. “I was ready for a change of pace,” says Oonagh, who spent a semester interning at the Earth Day Network and ...

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
science scholarship dosomething.org

Use your phone and your Sherlock Holmes sleuthing skills to solve a mystery, enter a contest for a $10,000 scholarship, and help a classroom spread the message of STEM. Why’s everyone so worried about science, technology, engineering, and math? For starters, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM, according to the U.S. government. But it turns out gender has lot to do with who might be filling those jobs. When the National Science Foundation asked fourth-graders in 2007 if they liked science and math, 68 percent of ...

Posted Sept. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

It’s the land of Shakespeare, Shaw, Pinter, and, most recently, Agbaje. Why wouldn’t someone interested in the stage want to study in London? We asked the experts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama why American students might pass on New York or Los Angeles to head across the pond. Central has 17 different full-time undergraduate courses covering not just acting but every aspect of technical theater, theater education and writing for performance. It accepts students from all backgrounds and nationalities and actors train in a community that mimics what they will experience in the industry. (Pinter, by the ...

Posted Aug. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
texting and driving

Let’s just pretend for a moment you are driving down a busy highway going, say, 55 miles mph. And now let’s pretend I ask you to close your eyes for at least five seconds – or about the time it would take you to go the length of a football field. That would be insane, right? Startling statistics on texting while driving Well, according to a 2009 U.S. government report, that’s about how long your eyes are away from the road when you check a text and drive. And a 2013 Virginia Tech survey found that you could be distracted ...

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