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Author: Emily Loring Good

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Emily Good is a Boston-based writer with an interest in gender, pop culture, and travel. She studied English literature and gender studies at Northeastern University. She currently works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and as a freelancer.

Posted July 26, 2019, 9 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Mountain student

The idea of venturing away from home after high school is daunting. The idea of venturing before that? Maybe a little terrifying. Yet that’s the idea behind semester schools. It’s a basic concept: Go to school for one semester. The catch is that the school is outside of your world and probably outside of your comfort zone. Semester schools offer specialized programs that allow high school students — typically during your junior year — to study away from home, getting real-world experiences along the way. You return with a semester’s worth of high school credit and a wealth of brand-new ...

Posted May 17, 2019, 10 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Summer Jobs

It’s mid-May. You’re trying to find a job for the summer, or maybe an internship that will let you explore your career interests. With only a couple weeks until June, you think you might be running out of time. Fear not! There’s plenty of ways to still find employment and they’re easier than you might think. Apply yourself First off, apply. Apply! Apply! Apply! Walk into a business that interests you, that you can get to on a regular basis, or that you have the necessary experience for (even if it’s none), and just ask. I landed my first job ...

Posted April 12, 2019, 1 p.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Computer coding

When I decided to be an English major in college, a lot of people told me I was crazy. They’d ask, “What do you want to do with your life?” I didn’t know; I just liked books and writing. As time went on, I realized that course after course full of non-stop essays was giving me a skill students outside of my major lacked: written communication. More specifically, academic papers taught me how to change up syntax, engage with new ideas, and mae thoughtful arguments instead of summaries. What does this have to do with coding? Not to be cheesy, ...

Posted Jan. 28, 2019, 3 p.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Gap Year Adventures

Choosing to take a gap year after high school may sounds a little rebellious, like you’re breaking from the formula you’ve spent years hearing about. The truth, though, is that college is not always best next step. Maybe you want a little adventure and a peak into the ‘real world’ before continuing your formal education? More and more students are choosing to take a year between high school and college to take a break, do a little exploring, or work and save up for college expenses. There are hundreds of great programs that can cater to your personal journey. From ...