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Posted July 28, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
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Dane Seuss - Parzival Academy Why Did You Choose To Participate in This Program? I was looking for something that was unique and would benefit me in my day-to-day-life, how I react in situations, and how I perceive everything around me. How Did You Decide Which Program Was Right For You? The socio-entrepreneurial side was attractive to me, given that I wanted to build my music career, but the character development has been my biggest takeaway from Parzival Academy. What Was The Most Memorable Part of Your Program? All of the components coming together in the program has made me ...

Posted July 27, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
A stone gate at Northwestern University

Anna Brown - Northwestern Univeristy Center For Talent Development Why Did You Choose To Participate in This Program? The CTD Geometry class fostered my work ethic and my desire for learning, and while these aspects of myself still aren't as great as I make them out to be, they wouldn't be where they are without CTD's teaching. My teacher was very helpful in getting me through this class. At times, I struggled but my teacher was able to encourage me to keep going and I'm so glad that I did. How Did You Decide What Program Was Right For You? ...

Posted July 12, 2021, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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10 Resources To Help You Prepare For College Admissions Applying to college can be one of the most stressful parts of a teenager's life. Deadlines, essays and financial considerations are just a few of the things that make the college admissions experience a difficult one, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that lots of teens have to do it while balancing their high school responsibilities at the same time. It’s difficult, for teens as well as parents, to make it through the college application process without a high amount of stress. Luckily though, there are lots of amazing resources ...

Posted May 18, 2021, 1:45 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MCAD student testimonial

Jamie Kubat, Student at Minneapolis College of Art and Design How did you discover your passion for creating? My passion for creating started out when I was pretty young with a drive to make things, to know how the world works, and to tell stories. I didn’t understand why I wanted any of these things at the time but I knew I had to follow that instinct. I’m thankful that I’ve been supported in doing that. Since being at MCAD, I’ve been able to understand the why better–art and making enable me to reach others, create space for healing, and ...

Posted Feb. 22, 2021, 2:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year? Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category. What Do We Mean by Popular? We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website. We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category. The Top 100 Most Popular Summer ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Program

After years and years of constant schooling, sometimes you just need a break. A break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, with a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2021 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even more program offerings. Download the guide to learn about the basics of planning a gap year, get ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2021, 12:22 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
summer guide

Soft skills were often overlooked in our pursuit for excellence. Grades, test scores, and "getting ahead" for the next school year is all parents and teens were told to focus on for a bright future. But as time goes on, colleges are emphasizing balance and well-rounded students. Universities want a unique narrative and something that makes the student stand out beyond good grades and perfect scores. What are some soft skills that now have more value than ever? Team-building Ability to tackle conflict (internal and external) Self-determination and tenacity Ability to form meaningful bonds with those around them One of ...

Posted Jan. 27, 2021, 11:58 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pacific Lutheran University

Morgan Roberts Pacific Lutheran University: School of Arts & Communication How did you discover your passion for the arts? I discovered my love for music and theatre as an elementary school aged kid involved in various musical theatre programs. My high school put a lot of heart into their musicals and it was through my experiences and mentorships there that I realized the depth of my interest in musical theatre. After my senior year musical I received the 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and was sent to the Jimmy Awards in New York City, which gave me ...

Posted Jan. 11, 2021, 2:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year beijing

CET Academic Programs Clara Grillo Gap at CET Beijing, 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a gap program not only to improve my Chinese language ability but also to deepen my understanding of another country’s culture and life. I knew an intensive and immersive language program would give me a structured way to learn about another country, make meaningful friendships, and also experience things I had never had the opportunity to experience before. How did you decide which gap program was right for you? I decided on CET Beijing because ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2021, 2:25 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
online learning

Online schooling has been a tumultuous experience for parents, students, and teachers alike. For almost a year now, schools have been scrambling to find the right balance between safety and an effective education. With COVID-19 cases rising and the vaccine rollout slower than anticipated, it does seem like online learning is here to stay. After school activities and clubs are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Parents and students can take comfort in the fact that, aside from keeping their loved ones safe, many amazing courses and enrichment opportunities are now offered online. Programs that would otherwise require traveling, ...

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