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Posted Feb. 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pennsylvania College of Technology: Garrett Corneliussen

Garrett Corneliussen is studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have you always been interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields? Funny, I actually was not too big on science and math when I was younger. It wasn't until I learned how these subjects are relevant and useful in everyday life that I became enthused. Now, everywhere I look I see STEM, and I never want to stop learning. What is it about welding that captured your attention? Taking welding courses in high school, I was instantly drawn to the mix of industry and ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Vermont Technical College: Manny Aretakis

Manny Aretakis is pursuing a dual-degree at Vermont Tech in Randolph Center, VT. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program? I grew up with a fascination for how machines work, how they were assembled, repaired and modified. I knew at an early age that I wanted the skills to be able to design and build projects of my own and this is what lead my desire to pursue an engineering degree. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I’ve always been a hands-on learner and I wanted to ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
American University Gap Program: Joseph Caplis

Joseph Caplis participated in the spring semester of American University’s Gap Program. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I had never intended to take a gap year. In fact, I was adamantly opposed to it. The decision to do so is one of the best I’ve ever made. Now that I’m wrapping up my first semester in college, I see the incredible benefits a gap-year provided. For example, one skill my gap experience gave me before coming to college was knowing how to schedule my week, manage my time and take care of all the ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University: Julia Jesse

Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? I always enjoyed math and science and I was good at it. I wanted to be in a meaningful career where I felt every day I was doing something to impact the world and solve the problems in the world around me. With engineering, that’s what you’re doing. You’re solving real world problems. I wanted to see the impact of my work as an engineer. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? I chose mechanical engineering, because I wanted to work in ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 9 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Campuses: Pascale Gulick

Pascale Gulick participated in a gap year program with EF International Language Centers in Paris. Why did you choose to participate in a gap-year program? I choose to take a gap year to gain some new international perspectives before remaining pretty stagnant for a couple years. I had heard great things about EF International Language Centers and their programs from many of my friends, and it seemed like an opportunity that couldn’t be missed! And I was right. My time in Paris was unmatched, and unique to all my other travel experiences. Previously, I’d lived in Germany, New Zealand and ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
William & Mary NIAHD: Jonas Kristensson

Jonas Kristensson spent part of summer at the College of William & Mary's National Institute of American History and Democracy. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? I’ve always tried to do fun and interesting things during the summer, so I was looking at quite a few programs. An overnight pre-college program was something I hadn’t tried yet, and the prospect of meeting new people and getting a taste of college life appealed to me. It helped that I was a rising senior in high school, which meant that I was at ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 7 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
UnCollege Gap Year Program: Michael Krakower

Michael Krakower attended two years of college before signing up for the UnCollege Gap Year. When I joined the UnCollege Gap Year program after a couple of years in college, I had every intention of returning to school when the program was over. I always liked school – and still do – but I had growing entrepreneurial ambitions, and eventually I hit a point where I felt my academic studies weren’t going to be any help to me in bringing any potential venture to fruition. I wanted experience. I wanted perspective. I wanted the opportunity to succeed or fail in ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 7 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Academy at Watkinson School: Matt Conners

Matt Conners spent a post-graduate gap year at The Academy at Watkinson School in Hartford, Ct. Why did you decide to participate in a post-graduate (PG) year program? I felt lost throughout my high school academic experience. Procrastination was a daily issue that led to late or missing work. I needed to learn how to manage my assignments and become a self-advocate. I had to learn how to organize myself in and out of school so I always know where everything is and when it needs to be done. Not only did I need tips and guidance for academic success, ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 6 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
API ABroad: Eliana Jacobs

Eliana Jacobs spent spent her gap year in Grenoble, France, through API Abroad. I lived with a lovely French host family while studying French language and culture at the Université Stendhal III. Through my courses and my interactions with my host family, my French improved significantly. I made incredible friends from around the world, many of whom I am still good friends today. I travelled extensively, exploring different regions of Europe and North Africa, learning about different cultures, and seeking new experiences. My year in Grenoble provided me with an abundance of memorable experiences and life lessons. Why I took ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
CESA Languages Abroad: Trevor Biggs

Trevor Biggs spent part of his gap year in Berlin, Germany, and Kitzbühel, Austria, with CESA Languages Abroad. When researching gap year programs, I learned that there are a lot of options out there. I searched the web for hours last summer, trying to find a program right for me, both with regards to finances and growth. I knew where I wanted to go – Berlin, Germany; and how long – about nine weeks, but given the choices, it was hard to settle on one. I found CESA Language Abroad through one of my many searches, and within minutes of ...

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