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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 April 22, 2014, 11:17 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Alexis Ohanian, reddit.com Founder, on STEM Education

The world in 2014 would not be the same without the Internet. Without science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the tool that we all use daily would have never been created. The ability to share information is what makes the Internet so revolutionary. Over the past two decades or so, Internet users have gained access and credibility, and are able to write, post, and share almost anything online. The Internet today is more like a “democracy” for users than ever before. Alexis Ohanian, nicknamed “The Mayor of the Internet,” played a huge role in forming this democracy. Reddit.com Ohanian is ...

Posted April 22, 2014, 10:56 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
How to Be Sustainable on Earth Day

April 22nd, 2014 marks the 44th Earth Day, a celebration of our planet and sustainability. Created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in the 1960s to promote a mass environmental movement, Earth Day is still as relevant as ever—if not more so. Environmental Movement The 1960s was one of the first decades of environmental activism. Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962, which touched on the use of pesticides and the dangers of these chemicals in humans and animals. In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland lit on fire, shedding light on the problem of chemical waste disposal. While there was little ...

Posted April 21, 2014, 2:08 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Remembering Our Strength and Bravery on Patriots’ Day

Today, as Massachusetts celebrates Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon, long-lived traditions will ensue. The Red Sox play in the afternoon, crowds roam around Copley and Boylston Street, cheering on packs of runners as they cross the finish line. While Patriots’ Day has always been a reminder of our freedom and perseverance, these emotions are sure to be heightened at the 118th Boston marathon. Patriots Day Patriots’ Day is a celebration of April 19th, 1775, commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary War. On this day, colonists attacked the British in Concord, forcing the ...

Posted April 18, 2014, 12:37 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why Students Should  Intern at Tech Companies

In the 2013 Glassdoor report of the 50 best companies to work for, 20 of those companies were tech companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. While high school students still have a few years before they enter the workforce, there are many opportunities for teenagers to become interns. Some of the best companies to intern for—not surprisingly—are these same tech companies. Salaries The biggest perk of interning at a tech company? The salaries are unbeatable. In fact, the highest paying internship this year, with a monthly salary of $7,000, is at Palantir, a Palo Alto, California software company—that’s the ...

Posted April 17, 2014, 2 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Summer

After a long winter and an even longer school year, everyone is excited for the endless opportunities that summer brings. It is also commonly known that these days, students need to utilize their summers to engage in meaningful enrichment activities—internships, jobs, camps, traveling, volunteering—in order to ramp up their college applications. The last thing a high school student wants to do is work hard with their noses in books all fall, winter, spring, and summer. The good news is that teens can have a meaningful summer while also having fun and relaxing. Here are five engaging summer activities that are ...

Posted April 16, 2014, 3:17 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
What Parents Should and Shouldn't Do to Help Their Kids in School

Forget what you think is beneficial for your school-aged kids—new research shows that parental involvement in school does not affect a student’s test scores, and could even hinder their learning. A recent article in The Atlantic by Dana Goldstein outlines a new study on parents, children, and school performance. Many parents in America today are concerned with their involvement, or lack their of, in schools. The “ideal” parent is supposed to be involved in all aspects of their kid’s school: PTA, bake sales, and homework help. Until recently, very little data existed on academic performance and parental involvement in schools, ...

Posted April 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
6 Unique Careers in STEM

A career in STEM doesn’t have to be a stereotypical job in engineering or research. It can be innovative, creative, and unique. Take a look at six of the most cutting-edge and coolest careers in STEM. 6 Unique Careers in STEM 1. Music Data Journalist A music data journalist helps educate music industry professionals on the value of data and technology. They play a large role in forming and analyzing music charts. A music data journalist works daily with graphic design, studies current events in the music industry, and searches for industry data trends. 2. EA Environmental Scanner The EA ...

Posted April 11, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why STEM Is Important NOW

The U.S. Government is making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education a national priority. President Obama and the Department of Education have detailed the issues of STEM education, and have concrete goals and actions in place to fix these problems. The lack of STEM education in our country, proven by numbers, figures and data, has led to tangible initiatives to improve these areas of study. And in this country, political initiatives are backed by one very important factor: Money. Although education policy and budgeting isn’t the most interesting news to look out for, it is time to start paying ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 12:42 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Admission Rates Decline Again at Most Elite Colleges

As the college admissions season dies down, statistics have been released about the newest accepted college classes. The data is disheartening—elite schools accept fewer and fewer qualified students each year. Again, following the same trend, the 2014 admissions season was the harshest and most competitive year yet. Download Most Competitive Year Yet For the second year in a row, Stanford University had the lowest admission rate among the top colleges—about 5%. Only slightly higher were Harvard and Yale at 6 percent acceptance, Columbia and Princeton at 7 percent, and MIT and the University of Chicago at 8 percent. To put ...

Posted April 7, 2014, 12:53 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Study Links Teen Depression with School Dissatisfaction

A recent study out of the Queensland University of Technology links improper school fit with teen depression. In a study of 2,000 students, researchers surveyed how teens felt about their school, their mood, and other factors. Professor Ian Shochet was amazed at the correlation between school and depression. He says, “The school experience is so important. Its link with depression is more important than parental attachment. The strength of the correlation is breathtaking.” Understanding Teen Depression Many teens don’t love school, but parents must be able to differentiate annoyance with school from depression. Shochet encourages parents to pull their children ...

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