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Author: Marie Schwartz

Marie Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of TeenLife Media. Marie launched TeenLife in 2007 after moving to Boston with her husband and two middle school sons and discovering that there were no information resources for families with older children. Today, TeenLife's award-winning website lists thousands of summer and gap year programs, schools, college admission resources and volunteer opportunities for teens around the world.

Posted May 9, 2017, 12:32 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments

We are proud to announce the publication of the digital 2017 Guide to STEM Colleges, the result of an exciting new collaboration between TeenLife Media and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). At TeenLife, we connect students, parents and educators with the best educational experiences in and out of the classroom, including summer, arts, gap-year, and STEM programs. We are particularly passionate about encouraging students to explore all that science, technology, engineering and math hold for the future. NCSSS is an association of the top STEM high schools in the country. It not only supports students, parents and ...

Posted March 14, 2017, 3:58 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments

Is boarding school worth the expense? TeenLife asked parents of boarding school students and the answer was a resounding “yes!” It’s not easy for many parents to consider boarding school. Students may be nervous about living away from home. Parents may be concerned that they won’t see their child every day. And college costs loom on the horizon. We spoke to parents who sent their children to boarding school to find out if the investment was worthwhile. All felt that this decision contributed to their child’s success in college and beyond, not only through academics, but by fostering independence and ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Find Your Summer in TeenLife's Guide or at a Program Fair

Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new ...

Posted Dec. 20, 2016, 3:03 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
gap guide

It takes a lot of hard work to get into college, and it’s a big financial commitment. Those are both good reasons to take the time to discover more about yourself and the world before diving back into academics. If you’re thinking of taking a gap year or semester, our latest Guide to Gap Year Programs is the perfect tool for exploring your options and planning your time, or finding an independent advisor who can help you. Research shows that college-bound students benefit enormously by taking a break between high school and college and that time out from academics helps ...

Posted July 7, 2016, 9:34 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Announcing TeenLife's 2016 Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services

It’s a tough job to find help for a teenager with mental health or addiction issues. It can leave parents and even educators feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Just the numbers are staggering. One in five of children age 13 to 18 has or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to data collected by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s why we publish TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services. Whether you are dealing with a long-term problem or a sudden crisis, we can link you with ...

Posted May 3, 2016, 10:45 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Why Malia Obama’s Gap Year will Make a Big Difference

Dear Malia: It’s great that you’re going to Harvard but hearty congratulations on a more important long-term choice: your decision to take a gap year. While Harvard encourages freshmen to take a year off after high school, it’s not easy for most seniors to buck the typical American pattern of going straight to college. Gaps may be popular in the United Kingdom and other places but here in the United States we have yet to make it realistic for the vast majority of students. Your decision encourages us to talk about how to make this available to every high school ...

Posted April 22, 2016, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer

The school year is ending and if your high school student loves STEM, you need to move quickly to nail a spot in a chemistry camp, high school summer medical program, game-design summer camp, or another science, technology, engineering or math summer program. How do you find the right STEM summer camp for teens? Consider the program’s focus, its mentors and teachers, cost and financial aid, and how its curriculum or activities might boost the STEM skills your teen needs. For instance, is the program focused in the lab or out in the field? Does it rely on group projects? ...

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
high school internship

This is the season when high school students like you are starting to think about what you want to do this summer. Chances are when people ask you "What are you doing this summer?" you will say "I want a job." If you're lucky, you live in a community where camps, retail stores, swim clubs or small businesses will hire you. In a city like Boston, which is full of college students, high school students have fewer options. So what is a high school student to do? It's impossible to just sit around the house and attending a summer program ...

Posted Sept. 27, 2014, 11 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
performing and visual arts colleges from teenlife

TeenLife is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth annual 2014 TeenLife Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges in partnership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). With more than 350 colleges listed both alphabetically and geographically by region among its 100 pages, this handy guide is truly a “must-read” for all parents, students, and educators researching colleges that offer majors in performing and/or visual arts. The guide also provides a list of the 20 NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fairs taking place across the country from September to November. The guide is available in ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 11 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Tips for an Emotional Day: Sending Your Child Off to College

Colleges are about to start. As campuses gear up for orientations, and college-bound students gear up for all the firsts of college life, parents of the college-bound too are gearing up. Perhaps they help purchase lamps and shower caddies. They balance out their needs for a few special moments with their rising college students with all the peer goodbyes. They wonder where that time went. If I am describing you, I’m sure it’s a moment of mixed emotions. I don’t think there is a magical formula to make the transition guaranteed to be smooth or easy. Marshall P. Duke, former ...

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