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Author: Laurie Higgins

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Laurie Higgins is a freelance writer with a focus on food, health, gardening, photography, books, theater, Cape Cod and anything else that captures her interest.

Posted July 30, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Every October, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus hosts a Science Carnival. Students at the two-year residential school dress in white lab coats and conduct scientific experiments in chemistry, biology and physics for more than 1,000 elementary grade students from nearby schools. It’s just one of the ways the school provides outreach to other teachers and students in the hope that younger children will become excited about the possibilities of science. MSMS is one of a growing number of schools to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). STEM schools provide innovative learning experiences that help ...

Posted March 12, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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For students who want to major in the visual or performing arts, there are three choices: a music or art conservatory; a university or liberal arts college with a strong arts department; or a university with its own conservatory. Each option offers something slightly different, so it’s important to know your goals before you decide. “It really comes down to how serious you are about your craft,” said Abby Siegel, a college counselor based in New York City. “If this is something that you really want to pursue as your career, and you’re not interested in liberal arts and the ...

Posted Feb. 21, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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An overnight summer program, whether on a college campus or at a camp, can be an awesome experience for teenagers. They get a chance to meet new people and try new things or get better at the things they love to do. But... Teenagers, being teenagers, often test the boundaries. That’s especially true because overnight summer programs are often the first place they get a chance to be out of the reach of their parents and to just be themselves. Before your child goes off to camp or a pre-college program, have a discussion about what you and your child ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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If you love animals, becoming a veterinarian or vet tech is an obvious career choice. But there are plenty of other exciting STEM jobs working with animals in fields you might never have considered. And you can explore some of those careers in summer programs on college campuses. At the University of California at Davis, many students begin studying in the department of animal science with the intention of becoming veterinarians, but a surprising number change their minds along the way, student academic advisor Kathryn Jackson said. “They start experiencing some other things that we have in the department, and ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Becoming clean and sober is only the beginning of a lifelong journey for teenagers who have abused drugs and/or alcohol. By the time most teenagers struggling with addiction reach sobriety, their parents have suffered through sleepless nights, had countless arguments and spent plenty of money. They are invested in helping their child continue to do well, but many don’t know exactly what to do. We asked two addiction specialists who work with teenagers for their best advice on how to support your sober teen. Be a good role model. Studies show that teens whose parents are vocal about their disapproval ...

Posted Jan. 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
How to Help Keep Your High School Student Safe Overseas

The benefits that high school students get from going overseas on a summer program are endless. It exposes them to people, languages and cultures that are very different from their own, which is increasingly important in a global world. It makes them more self-reliant, and increases confidence and maturity. But the privilege to travel also comes with responsibilities. Experts in the travel field offer the following advice for keeping high school students confident, happy and safe overseas: Pick the right program. Summer high school trips can be expensive but are often the trip of a lifetime. With that in mind, ...

Posted Oct. 13, 2017, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
5 Reasons to Consider an Academic Pre-college Summer Program

After a busy school year focused on learning, it’s tempting for high school students to want to take a break from academics during the summer months. But it’s good for teenagers to spend at least part of their summers on academics and there are plenty of choices. Colleges across the country offer pre-college summer programs that are both educational and fun. These academic summer camps offer courses and summer activities for teenagers that boost grades and help to impress college admission officers. Here are some more reasons you might consider an academic summer program on a college campus: 1. Spending ...