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Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
InnerPathWorks: Jake Bagley

Jake Bagley worked with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks during his gap year. Why did you choose to train with InnerPathWorks? I chose to train with Randy Russell at InnerPathWorks because I was at a point in my life where I needed direction and Randy's program ended up being exactly what I needed. I later came to realize it was a perfect example of Coyote teaching. How did you research and decide which gap program was right for you? Randy's program was recommended to me by a good friend of Randy's. After speaking with Randy and reviewing the preliminary paperwork and ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2018, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Worldstamp Gap Year Program: Katie Pekarske

Katie Pekarske particpated in the WorldStamp gap year program, part of Dream Volunteers. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? When I was applying for colleges, I felt like something wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, which made me hesitant about any schools or programs. When I heard about WorldStamp, I just had a feeling that it was what I was supposed to do. I felt like there was so much more of the world and myself to discover that I wouldn’t be able to understand unless I did something ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Taylor the Gap: Meg Stolberg

Meg Stolberg got help planning her gap year from Taylor the Gap. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t use the experience I gained from my gap year. In South America, I was challenged daily by living with a host family, learning a new language, and developing greater independence. During me D.C. internship, I also had to navigate new situations and push my abilities and myself. For the last part of my gap year, I travelled throughout New Zealand and completed community service for a month in the outback of Australia. When I reflected on the past ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Testive: Jessica Swanson

Meet Jessica, a junior in high school. She is currently taking a full course load, including three AP classes (Chemistry, U.S. History and English Language), plays three sports (cross country, ice hockey, and track) and is a member of the chemistry club at her high school. Through all this, she maintains good grades and is looking to attend Amherst College next year. With this schedule, Jessica had a hard time fitting in SAT prep. That was when she turned to Testive. How did your SAT scores change over time? I received a baseline score of 1980 when I took the ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Travel For Teens: Katie Curran

Katie Curran traveled to Germany, France and England with Travel for Teens the summer of 2014 at age 16. She visited Berlin, Paris and London. Reason to get out of my comfort zone: I have a true passion for traveling, and I always want to explore new places. Travel for Teens looked like an amazing organization that would allow me to experience three dynamic cities as a traveler instead of a tourist. To me, travel is a great adventure of self-exploration. Through my experiences, travel has become the blood that fills my veins, making me who I am. As a ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 3 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Middlebury Interactive Language Academy: Abigail Benz

Abigail Benz spent part of a summer in a Spanish Immersion program with the Middlebury Interactive Language Academy. Beep, Beep, Beep. It was seven o’clock in the morning on my first day at the Spanish Academy. “Buenos dias, Abigail. Tiempo para desayunar,” said my roommate. My head was spinning, and I was confused. I was thinking in English but I was supposed to be speaking Spanish. Welcome to the immersion experience! My first morning went fairly smoothly (cereal? check!), but I hit my first roadblock at lunch. I wanted some pepper from the middle of the table but it was ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MarineQuest at UNCW: Mark Makowski

Mark Makowski spent part of his summer in the MarineQuest program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Marine science has always been a large part of my life. Since I was a little kid, I wanted to become a marine biologist. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I attended MarineQuest’s summer residential programs O.C.E.A.N.S. in 2013 and Oceans-17 in 2014. Sophomore year of high school, I started to think about potential colleges I would want to attend to get my degree in marine ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Summer Program: Joelle Moore

Joelle Moore spent part of her summer at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Summer Program (SAILORS, now called Stanford AI4ALL). Why did you choose to participate in an overnight summer program? I decided to participate in a summer program to explore my interest in STEM outside of what is currently taught at my school. I had heard a lot about artificial intelligence and wanted to learn more. I thought the summer would be the best time to explore the field as a career. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I looked at several ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 7 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University Summer College: Riley DeBaecke

Riley DeBaecke spent part of the summer at the Syracuse University Summer College. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to participate in a summer program because I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer. Participating in the Environmental Engineering program offered through the Syracuse University Summer College promised to help me achieve this goal. Enrolling in any summer program is beneficial to students, whether they realize the positive effects immediately or not. Not only did I gain knowledge of other cultures through social interaction with students from foreign countries, but I also continue ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 6 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wagner College Pre-College Program: Grace Twaddell

Grace Twaddell spent part of her summer in the Wagner College Pre-College Program and now attends Wagner. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? When I signed up for the Pre-College course, I was simply looking for a way to spend my summer. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I planned to take a class for my EMT-B certification when the summer was over, so the Wagner College Simulated Medicine program seemed to be the perfect way to jumpstart learning what I’d need to know. What ...

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