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Author: Lesli Amos

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Lesli started as an intern for TeenLife during her senior year of college at Boston University. Originally hailing from the Midwest, Lesli enjoys learning and growing in the start-up environment of TeenLife. Her high school years were spent as an active member of her Theatre Troupe, a volunteer tutor, and an avid reader. In her spare time, Lesli enjoys cooking, exploring the Northeast, and DIY projects.

Posted Oct. 19, 2017, 1:10 p.m. by Lesli Amos | View Comments
A New Year, A New FAFSA

January 1st – it’s a day of resolutions, new beginnings, and for college students, the first day to apply for federal financial aid. The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, helps your family and prospective universities determine how much money you will be expected to contribute towards higher education. Don’t skip this one – it’s the only way to get federal grants and loans, and almost all colleges use the FAFSA to determine how much financial aid you will need. You can apply for the FAFSA online and through the mail. Not sure if your family qualifies ...

Posted April 14, 2014, 1:29 p.m. by Lesli Amos | View Comments
Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

Year after year, engineering majors top the charts with the highest paid salaries for new graduates. Petroleum engineering has the highest average starting salary at $97,000, a significant jump over the rest. 1. Major: Petroleum Engineering Average Starting Salary: $97,000 2. Computer Engineering $70,900 3. Chemical Engineering $67,500 4. Computer Science $64,700 5. Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering $64,500 6. Mechanical Engineering $64,500 7. Electrical/Electronics and Communications Engineering $63,000 8. Engineering Technology $61,500 9. Management Information Systems/Business $60,700 10. Logistics/Materials Management $59,800 Source: January 2014 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). This article is from our 2014 Guide to STEM ...

Posted March 25, 2014, 1:36 p.m. by Lesli Amos | View Comments
5 Productivity Tools for Teens

It may come as a surprise, but you're not being very productive. I'm guilty of it too. Maybe it's going on a Facebook break instead of finishing that essay. Or not remembering that one thing I was going to do that one time -- just because I didn't write it down. Luckily there are hundreds of productivity tools out there to help make a messy life just a little bit more organized. Here are a few of my favorite solutions: RescueTime RescueTime is a downloadable time management and productivity software that runs as a background program. It records which applications, ...

Posted March 20, 2014, 2:20 p.m. by Lesli Amos | View Comments
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your community, discover a new interest, explore a possible career, network with new mentors, make friends and have fun. And social responsibility is an important part of your high school resume, even if your school doesn’t require high school community service. // There are lots of teen community service opportunities that are engaging. Start with service clubs at your high school, in your community or at religious organizations (you don’t always have to be a member to participate in outreach programs). Brainstorm with parents, friends, teachers and neighbors. Or, find ...