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Posted Feb. 28, 2020, 2:27 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s 2020 GUIDE TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER PROGRAMS is a means to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. These used to be called “enrichment” programs, but, as experts, we know that a summer spent on a college campus, in a structured program, engaging in ...

Posted Feb. 4, 2020, 11:42 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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There is incredible diversity in gap year options, price ranges, and experiences available. Gap year graduates perform better on college GPAs. Gap year graduates complete their Bachelors Degrees at a median of 3.75 years (versus the national average of 6+). Gap year graduates are more satisfied with their careers. 90% of gap year graduates are back in college within a year of completing their gap year. More students every year are choosing to take a gap year after high school, and this February the gap year movement is launching its second annual month-long campaign to encourage students to explore the ...

Posted Jan. 6, 2020, 12:35 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Generation Z Unfiltered—Facing Nine Challenges of the Most Anxious Population

This is excerpted from the new book: Generation Z Unfiltered—Facing Nine Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Dr. Tim Elmore. Available now at: GenerationZUnfiltered.com. Since 1979, I have been committed to mentoring high school and college students. Over time, I’ve noticed the experiences that seem to be the most meaningful ones to my mentees. I’ve recognized how these experiences mature those young leaders as well as build grit and depth in them. Collectively, they serve as a sort of “rite of passage.” Due to the high anxiety levels and the hours Generation Z spends on social media, I believe ...

Posted Jan. 1, 2020, 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 Dec. 6, 2019, 11:59 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Courtney Bertrand Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? I will be going to college soon, so I knew participating in a summer program would help me prepare by staying overnight on my own, without having to depend on my parents, and living by myself for a span of two weeks. It helped me become more independent and mature. It also gave me a glimpse at what college will be like in a couple of years. How did you decide which program was right for you? I chose something I was passionate ...

Posted Dec. 6, 2019, 11:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Luna Rosal National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) High School Grad Year May 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I was excited to get out of the normal day to day of summer. My mom is also deeply in love with the outdoors, and I was not... Two weeks with NOLS definitely changed that! After the program, I was able to relate to her connection with nature with a newfound connection to the world around me. How did you decide which program was right for you? I had heard many good things about NOLS through friends ...

Posted Dec. 5, 2019, 2:04 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Student: Sara Lighthart Dates Attended: Summer 2018 and Summer 2019 Programs Attended: Beginning Screenwriting (2018) and Acting for the Camera (2019) Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Summer programs allow teens to get a realistic snippet of college life in their major of interest. I have had a passion for film since my sophomore year of high school, but I wasn’t exactly sure it was a career I wanted to pursue. I figured attending a summer program in film would be a great way for me to test the waters and see if film was something ...

Posted Dec. 4, 2019, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Miranda del Sol Tisch Summer High School Program Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Summer 2018 How did you discover your passion for (dance, acting, clarinet, game design..)? I grew up watching my dad make music so creating songs of my own felt natural. I thought songwriting was the way everybody processed their emotions. Over time, I realized just how powerful music could be and made it my mission to pursue my passion in hopes I could be there for people the way I felt my favorite artists had been there for me. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? Creating ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2019, 1:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Wellesley Pre-College Exploratory Workshop Audrey DiMarco Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Wellesley College has been on my radar since the beginning of high school, and Wellesley’s Pre-College Summer Program was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a college setting for a week. I got a feel for the campus, took a class, learned more about the school, explored Boston, and had fun with new friends. How did you decide which program was right for you? While all the options were interesting, I chose the Exploratory Workshop because it included a Leadership Course. This taught ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2019, 10:59 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Gillian Dixon Class of 2020 Elizabeth Seton High School. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Being my last summer as a high school student, I decided to make the best use possible of it with that being to spend my summer preparing for demanding collegiate life head-on at one of the world’s most renowned universities in the Nation’s Capital. How did you decide which program was right for you? Upon choosing a program, I was immediately drawn to Georgetown’s great variety of options. Georgetown offers an array of programs ranging from one-week seminars to five weeks ...

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