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Author: Nicolaus Jannasch

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Posted March 21, 2017, 1:26 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

I remember going to summer camp when I was a teenager. It was a great time to meet new people, try new things, and get away from home for a while! We lived in cabins in the redwood forests of California, ate in the camp’s mess hall at long tables, and took part in activities like archery and a ropes course in the trees. I enjoyed my time, but I was also nervous. I didn’t know anyone and I hadn’t spent much time away from home before then. The good news is, I didn’t need to be nervous, and neither ...

Posted March 16, 2017, 12:49 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Chemistry is one of the most incredible fields of study today. For thousands of years, alchemists attempted to turn lead into gold. Spells, incantations, and ground-up leaves were the most trusted medication. Over the past 150 years the field of chemistry has (literally) exploded, causing waves of change in every aspect of society. If you love chemistry, you are incredibly lucky. Your timing couldn’t be better for an exciting, fulfilling, world-altering career. Chemistry touches every aspect of human life today, from how we live, work, heal, fly, and even travel into space. If you love chemistry, you can explore the ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 3:43 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

If you’re heading off to boarding school, you may have mixed feelings. You may be excited to make new friends, get out of the house, and spend time away from your parents. You may also be nervous to take on so much responsibility for yourself so far away from your home, family and friends. You may be wondering what boarding school is like and whether you will fit in. Whether you’re ready to go or are dragging your feet, think of boarding school as an adventure. Most teenagers won’t experience this much independence until they go to college. With smaller ...

Posted June 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
9 Tips for Teens Going Overseas for the First Time

Are you going on a high school overseas travel program this summer or perhaps taking a full gap year to explore? If so, good for you! Leaving home can be scary but it’s also an exciting opportunity. You may never have traveled outside the country. You might think it’s dangerous and risky. You also might be really, really excited! Only about 45 percent of Americans have a passport, according to the travel site, TheExpeditioner. It’s too bad. You mature a lot when you travel and you become more responsible. Oh, and you also have lots of fun and bring back ...

Posted June 3, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things to Help Teens Moving to a New Town this Summer

For teens in high school, moving is hard. Social situations are already stressful enough, and just as you’re getting comfortable around a group of friends you have to transition to a new school and town where you need to start all over again. But by being outgoing, open to new adventures and discovering ways to connect with your new community, you can start to feel at home. I had a friend in high school whose family was moving all the time, he had lived in four different states between first and 11th grade! Interestingly, he seemed to take it very ...

Posted May 6, 2016, 11:06 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year

First Time Overseas? 3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year I’ve been on the road for over a full year and during that time lived in five different Asian countries for a few months each (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China). I just spent some time in Florida for a conference after spending two months in Mexico. So if you are going on an overseas teen program this summer or setting off on a gap year, I can help. I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and met many, many interesting people I would never run ...

Posted April 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Build These Habits Before You Get to College

In college, I faced more “life” challenges than academic ones. But now, at the age of 22, I know that a lot of these problems could have been avoided with a little forethought while I was still in high school. So if you’re reading this and you’re in high school, you can use these ideas to help yourself get ready for college. Habit No. 1: Eat right and exercise. Back at home I never was really into health and fitness. I played lacrosse and ran the sprints with everyone else, but beyond that I didn’t have any schedule whatsoever. For ...

Posted April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Start making summer plans

Hurry! Start Making These Summer Plans Now! Throughout most of the year you’ll have a difficult time planning activities with friends or taking on new responsibilities that suck time away from schoolwork. That’s why summer is such a great opportunity for teen internships, travel and community service. You’ve got three months when there are no papers due, no tests to study for, and no commute to school every day. You’ve got lots of freedom, but that means you need to use the time well. Many of my friends wasted their summers away doing little more that hanging out at the ...

Posted April 12, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Reasons To Earn Money this Summer

Three Reasons You Really Need To Earn Money This Summer It’s great if your parents sometimes resemble walking ATM machines. You stroll up, ask for $20, and you get a direct deposit right from their wallet. Many teenagers rely on their parents for cash in high school, and that’s not always a bad thing. You’re spending your time studying, so shouldn’t your parents help you out whenever possible? It’s great to have the help, but here are three reasons to consider earning and managing your own money in high school, say with a summer job: 1. You’ll have more control. ...

Posted April 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Build This Study Habit While You’re Still in High School

Time tracking is exactly what it sounds like. Whenever you start a new task you whip out the stopwatch app on your phone and hit the “start” button. When you’re done you hit “stop” and see how long it took you to do that task. You can use time tracking for homework assignments, study sessions with friends, chores, and more. It’s powerful because it helps you stay on track without getting distracted. I use time tracking because it minimizes the time it takes me to get things done. Just knowing that time is ticking keeps me on track, focused, and ...

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