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Posted Nov. 25, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Idyllwild Arts Academy: Ekaterina Kate Gladkaia

Ekaterina Kate Gladkaia came from Russia to spend a summer at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. What made you decide to come ot Idyllwild Arts Academy? I found Idyllwild Arts from an international school fair in my own country, Russia, and it immediately drew my attention because of the incredible program where you would work as hard as a college student. This is a very big advantage of Idyllwild Arts: what makes it one of the best summer programs in the U.S. What did you discover or study at Idyllwild? My personal experience is connected with a Film & ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Inward Bound Mindfulness Retreats: Austin Thoren

Austin Thoren has partipated in mindfulness retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to go on my first summer teen retreat when I was 15 years old. It was the summer following my first year of high school and I didn’t have any plans to do anything cool, except to go on retreat. I chose to go because I had been on a similar retreat a few months earlier that had been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I wanted to be a part of ...

Posted Nov. 24, 2018, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Loyola Marymount University: Samantha Small

Samantha Small studied Beginning Screenwriting in the summer at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is now a screenwriting major there. Why did you choose to participate in an overnight summer program? I thought I had an idea of what I wanted to do for a living but I wanted to be completely sure before applying to college. By participating in this program, I was able to confirm my passion for it and even ended up choosing it as my major! I really wanted to go away to an overnight program because it is great practice for college and ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP): Austin Crawley

Austin Crawley spent part of his summer at the Engineering Summer Academy at the University of Pennsylvania. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? Each year I participate in a summer program for enrichment. The summer before my senior year, I wanted to experience a summer program at a university that provided strong academic classes, lab participation, team-building activities, and programs to help me explore careers in the field of engineering. In my overall development and preparation for college, I needed to experience life away from home at a university where I’m ...

Posted Nov. 21, 2018, 12:27 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
College of William & Mary: Ziv Carmi

Ziv Carmi spent part of a summer at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Why did you decide to participate in a high school summer program? I chose to travel from my home in Southern California to participate in The College of William and Mary: Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History because I wanted to learn more about something that I loved and because I didn't want to get bored doing nothing at home. What made you pick William & Mary? IIt looked exactly like something I would love – it had history, museums, and lots ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Solutions: Miranda Milunsky

Miranda Milunsky worked with an advisor at Gap Year Solutions to plan her gap year. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? During my junior year of high school, I was dealing with significant family stressors. I needed to find a way to decompress. Removing the immediacy of the college search and application process allowed me to breathe. I decided I would not take my ACTs until the spring of senior year or apply to college until my gap year. Retrospectively, my gap year was necessary to help me figure out who I am and who ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Jessica Mullen

Jessica Mullen studies Writing for Performanace at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. How did you discover your passion for drama, applied theater and writing? I discovered my passion for drama when I was very young, performing in school plays and singing songs from “Les Mis” all over the house. I went to a very traditional high school in Boston at first and, while I was there, a new high school for the visual and performing arts opened. I transferred there that year, and was encouraged to write in every class. My theater teacher (from England, coincidentally) often ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 2:10 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University.

Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University. How did you discover your passion for the visual arts? I wanted to enhance my GPA before graduating from high school so I decided to take a lot of art classes. Not only was it a blast, but it also lead me to realize a hidden interest. After visiting the CVA (Center for the Visual Arts) Galleries on the Southern Oregon University campus and reflecting upon my high school memories, I instantly knew that I belonged in the community of visual arts. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? My favorite part ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 2:10 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University.

True Anderson studies art therapy at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. How did you discover your passion for the visual arts and art therapy? When I was young, I had a natural attraction to drawing. I started drawing as a hobby and discovered qualities and passions about myself through art. What’s your favorite part about art and art therapy? Art became personal – it helped me to express myself. My quiet thoughts materialized in my works, and my art became a language to me. I opened myself up to other art forms and experiences, such as glass blowing, pottery, blacksmithing, ...

Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Maine Maritime Academy: Brandon St. Germain

Brandon St. Germain studies engineering at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? Math and science have always been my favorite subjects. Math and science studies provide me with great challenge, they’re intriguing, and have helped me hone my skills as a problem-solver. At Maine Maritime Academy, Thermodynamics has been my favorite class. I found it fascinating to study the properties of different substances, how they react under different temperatures and pressures, and their practical applications for our lives. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was ...

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