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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 Feb. 27, 2014, 9:19 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Value of Experiential Learning

The teenage years are characterized by curiosity, development, and experimentation. Traditionally, high school classes and extracurricular activities help foster these traits and aid teenage success inside the classroom and out. We believe experiential learning can advance teen success even further. Today, the field of experiential learning is booming. Teens have access to many more opportunities than their parents had at their age—they can travel to almost any destination during the summer, spend a gap year volunteering after high school, and even practice their future career ambitions with an internship. With thousands of programs available to students around the world, teenagers ...

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Snow Day Activities

Snow: you either hate it or love it. In New England, it’s hard to hate the snow. Hating snow in New England is like working at a coffee shop and hating coffee; or voluntarily going to the mall when you hate shopping. Snow is simply equated with winter here—something you have to get used to and something you’ll never escape (unless you move out west or down south. In that case, be sure to avoid Atlanta). This winter has been particularly snowy, with countless hits from polar vortexes and arctic blasts. The snow has almost become an inside joke here ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 3:05 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The 15 Best Teenage Athletes of the 2014 Winter Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, every participating country around the world is watching for the best athletes and predicted medal winners. It just so happens that this year, many of these top athletes are teenagers, born in 1994 or later. The Bleacher Report put together a detailed list of the most talented teens of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Teens and adults and sports fans alike: get ready to be inspired. Sochi 2014: 15 Best Teenage Athletes 1. Polina Edmunds, USA Age: 15 Sport: Figure Skating Polina was recently put on the map at the U.S. Figure ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 2:07 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Jobs vs. Unpaid Internships

As a young person in high school or college, you are under immense pressure from your parents, schools, and even peers, to engage in the job market. Your immediate reaction probably leads you to consider one of two options: you can either get a paid job or an internship. Of course, the expectations for high school students and college students differ. Internships give college students an opportunity to work in a field they are interested in, and could even give them a leg up when applying for jobs. High school students, on the other hand, probably aren’t thinking as much ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 2:44 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
How A Broken Foot Made My Gap Year in Australia Even Better

Even though her gap year didn’t go quite as planned, International Student Katherine (Kas) Heath wouldn’t trade her life-changing experience in Australia for anything in the world. Here's her story of taking a gap year in her own words. Why did you decide to participate in a gap year program? I had just finished university and wanted to take a year out before getting settled into a full time job,but I needed to work as well as travel. An old friend and I started talking about traveling and discovered we had similar interests, so we decided to look into gap ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 2:27 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Changing Lives Through Sustainability

Allistair Landon embarked on a gap year program in India. Here is his story. Taking a gap year in his own words: Allistair Landon Why did you decide to participate in a gap year program? I was interested in a career in international development and I wanted to use my gap year to volunteer in the field. I also wanted the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures. Traveling on a gap year with Raleigh International seemed perfect for me. How did you research gap year programs and decide on which one to do? My aunt had previously volunteered on ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:43 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Summer Program Promoting Sustainability

Joshua Nodiff gained insight and passion for the environment during his overnight summer program. In His Own Words: Joshua Nodiff Shares His Summer Experience at BELL. Tell us a little bit about BELL The Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) was a remarkable experience that certainly changed my life for the better. The program is centered around environmental science, hands-on education, social activism, and community leadership. BELL brought together a diverse group of likeminded students from all over the world that subsequently became a family to me. Why did you choose BELL? While initially researching for programs to attend last summer, ...

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