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Author: Nicolaus Jannasch

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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 ...

Posted March 25, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things To Do If You Want To Go To Art School

If you’re the creative type, art school is a great way to expand your knowledge and meet similarly minded friends and mentors. Not only will you have the opportunity to do what you love every day, you’ll be able to build a community who “gets” your passion for paint, clay, glass, metal or your medium of choice. Attending a top art school can be the opportunity of a lifetime, but it’s not always easy to get in. You’ll be competing with many students who are exceptionally skilled, and you’ve got to make sure you stand out in order to peak ...

Posted March 14, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How to Ace Your Tests and Have More Free Time

Even though it’s not fun to sit around studying all day you probably want to do well in school. In high school, it sometimes seems like everyone is having more fun than you and this can make putting time aside to work even more challenging! Unfortunately, you do need to spend time studying in order to do well. I remember that up until eighth grade I hardly needed to open my textbooks, but in high school that all changed. (And it only got worse in college!) Most people waste a lot of time studying in the wrong way or studying ...

Posted March 8, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Why I Wish I Paid More Attention In Language Class

I took a trip to Germany the summer after my freshman year. I was in a German learning program along with kids from all around the world, most of them from Europe. The number of languages they spoke blew me away. The Italian girls spoke English, German, Spanish and, of course, Italian. The Serbian guys spoke a smattering of Eastern European languages. Even the primarily English-speaking UK crowd had a good handle on Spanish and French. And then there was me, the American. I spoke English, and a few sentences in Spanish and German. This was after five years of ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Try Our 3 Ways to Push Through a ‘Senior Slump’

I remember what it was like during the last few months of high school. I was safely accepted into a college I was happy with, and the drive to do well on my grades just wasn’t there anymore. All I wanted to do was hang out with friends and put class out of my mind. But while it was tempting to put my assignments on the back burner, I pushed myself to do well until the end. I suggest you do the same, because colleges can decide to reject you based on your last semester grades if they’re bad enough. ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 9:26 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Why You Need More Than One ‘Go To’ Friend Group

For the majority of my time in high school I had one group of friends who I hung out with. The group was me and four other guys I got along with pretty well. I knew a lot of other people of course, but these were the guys I called up on Friday night and who I regularly went skateboarding with after school. It was great to be close with these guys, but it wasn’t perfect. Let’s just put it this way: While it was great to be close with this group, I also felt a little like I was ...

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