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Sophie Borden graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Environmental Studies, Spanish, and Writing. She is a Marketing Associate at TeenLife and lives in Boston. She loves traveling, cooking, and dogs, especially her little rescue pup, Lily.

Posted June 6, 2014, 12:09 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
College Graduates’ Expectations Vs. Realities

Every year, Accenture conducts a College Graduate Employment Survey, which examines the expectations of soon-to-be college graduates versus the realities of graduates from the two previous years. It turns out that unfortunately, for many new graduates, their expectations related to education, skills, finding a job, salary, debt, and living arrangements are way too optimistic. Employment Expectations of the Working World—Class of 2014: 85% expect to find employment in their chosen field. 80% expect their first employer to provide a formal training program. 69% expect to find a job in the first 6 months after graduation. Realities of the Working World—Classes ...

Posted May 30, 2014, 2 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Did You Know These Teen Facts?

Did you know these relevant facts about teenagers? If not, they are important statistics to be aware of! Did You Know? 1. 1.5 million: Total number of home schooled students in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Education) 2. 83% of teens cite their parents as the leading influence in their decisions not to drink. (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility) 3. 2.8 million teens found formal summer jobs last year, an increase of 13% compared with 2012—and the percentage is continuing to go up this year! (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 4. 65% of high school students and college students get ...

Posted May 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Key to Living in a Homestay

I was 14 years old the first time I studied abroad. I went to Costa Rica for one month to improve my Spanish, do community service, and live with a family. The next summer, when I was 15, I adventured to Cádiz, Spain for one month. This time, I traveled around the country, went to school, took surfing lessons, and lived with a family. Two years ago, when I was 20, I went to Santiago, Chile for seven months. I was a full-time student at a university, spent weeks traveling the long coast of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. I also ...

Posted May 19, 2014, 3:09 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
NACAC Provides a Second Chance for College Admission

Every year, NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) publishes the College Openings Update (The Update), a list of more than 250 colleges and universities that still have openings. Now in its 27th year, this tool offers support and information for counselors, teachers, parents, and students. High school seniors who have not yet completed the college application process or have been rejected from all schools still have a chance to go to college starting in the fall of 2014. The Update is a "Win-Win" Joyce E. Smith, NACAC CEO, says, “This announcement is a ‘win-win’ for all parties, if students ...

Posted May 19, 2014, 2:03 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Is Taking ADHD Medication a Form of Cheating?

Have you ever wished there was an easy way to write that 20-page biology paper or study for a math midterm? For many prestigious college students, these assignments can be completed with ease with only one pill. ADHD Drugs in College This month at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting, a new research study was presented on college students illegally obtaining and using ADHD performance drugs. About one in five students at an Ivy League college (not named in the study) reported that they have used ADHD drugs while studying, and a third of the college students did not ...

Posted May 6, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Unique College Essays

The college essay: the longest, hardest, and most feared factor of the application process. You’re a smart, well-traveled, interesting high school student, so this should be easy, right? The only problem is that once you start writing, you may realize your topic isn’t that original after all. Download Here are some ideas for unique, one-of-a-kind college essays. Advocate for an issue you believe in. Arguing for or against a cause that’s important to you is bold but very interesting. You could discuss your beliefs on federal minimum wage, cigarette smoking and taxes, or environmental policy, for example. All of these ...

Posted May 1, 2014, 10:51 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why I Wish I Went to a Pre-College Summer Program

When I was accepted early-decision into my alma mater, I could not wait to step foot on campus for freshman orientation in August. But for some reason, when I was completing my housing form and meal plan preferences, I skipped over the Pre-College Summer Program options. At my college, like many others, there are several summer programs offered on campus and off for entering freshmen. These activities include wilderness trips, pre-orientation classes, community service, and many more. These programs came at an extra price—but also with tons of advantages. These are the reasons why I wish I went to a ...

Posted April 29, 2014, 4:11 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The White House Steps in to Prevent Sexual Assault in College

Why does it seem like change only occurs once a major problem is brought into the spotlight? Sexual violence and harassment at colleges has always been a very real, relevant issue, yet we only hear about specific cases when they are reported through large news channels. Last month, I wrote about diminishing sexual assault on college campuses after a Dartmouth student came forward to the administration about a message board titled, “The Dartmouth Rape Guide.” While the administration did little to help the victim, public awareness on sexual assault rose, ultimately reaching the White House and the Department of Education ...

Posted April 24, 2014, 2:59 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Parents—Not Teens—Are Overusing Devices

When we think about the smartphone age, we undoubtedly picture a teenager, mindlessly yet furiously typing text messages at the dinner table, at school, and at work—all places where the use, and especially the overuse, of devices is not appropriate. But what happens when parents have this same obsession with technology and constant contact? Parents Overusing Devices Steve Henn recently wrote a blog for NPR titled, “When Parents Are the Ones Too Distracted by Devices.” He describes an intervention of sorts from his eldest daughter. One night, when he was standing in the hallway checking his cellphone, his daughter decided ...

Posted April 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Heroin Epidemic Invades the Suburbs

In the last five years, heroin use has exploded throughout the United States. This is no secret—high profile celebrities such as Corey Monteith and Phillip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin overdoses, and heroin use is now referred to as an epidemic in multiple states. Once known as a cheap, impure, dirty drug, heroin has made its way into suburban, middle-class neighborhoods. For the first time ever, teenagers and young adults make up a majority of heroin users and deaths—some start using as early as 12 or 13. Teenagers and Heroin In the past, the average age for most heroin deaths ...

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