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Posted Jan. 1, 2015, 10 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
how you hike in the appalachian mountains during a gap year

A series of conservation trails spanning the entire 2,180 miles from Maine to Southern Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is considered to be a rite of passage for American adventurers. Only one in four people who begin this trail, though, get a chance to complete it. For many, taking the required amount of time off of work or studies is one of the major obstacles more than the actual difficulty of the hike itself. One of the most fantastic things about having a year off between graduating high school and the start of college is the ability to complete this trail ...

Posted April 25, 2014, 3:23 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
How a Gap Year Can Benefit Your College Success

It takes a lot of maturity to recognize that you’re not mature enough for college yet. In that sense, my gap year was the most responsible decision I have ever made. I was never a huge fan of school. I wasn’t bad at it, but like many kids, there were places I would rather have been. I graduated because I was supposed to. I knew it was good for me, but only in the same way that little kids know vegetables are good for them. If it weren’t for my gap year, I would have had the same mentality toward ...

Posted April 18, 2014, 11 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
My Experience As a TeenLife High School Summer Intern

Over the summer of my junior year of high school I spent four weeks as a Marketing Intern at TeenLife Media. As I am (soon-to-be was) a high school student, it was a rare opportunity to experience working in an office 9 to 5 and assuming group work outside of what I do in school. As a future business student, I found it fascinating to observe how the company functioned and how I was able to contribute to a start-up creating a real, substantial product for parents and teens. Working in the office alongside the TeenLife team was like living ...

Posted April 8, 2014, 12:37 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Helicopter Parenting: Why It's Not Good for Your Teen

Haven’t we all had a helicopter moment? Perhaps it was a note to a teacher protesting a grade, or a call to a coach insisting our teenager gets to play in next week’s game. Maybe it was helping too much with an English paper or wrangling an invitation to a party. Whatever the reason, we stepped in and did for our teenager what they could— and probably should—have handled on their own. Occasional moments like these are part of being a parent. We love our teenagers and want the best for them. But when intervention happens too often, and we ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 4:46 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
21st Century Skills for the 21st Century Workplace

Today’s teens will spend at least 16 years and almost 20,000 hours in classrooms before heading out into the real world. So, how can a parent be sure that this lengthy journey provides their teens with the necessary tools needed to succeed? The question is fair, and deserves serious consideration. Education alone probably isn’t the answer. But the addition of summer jobs, community service work, educational programs, and even internships can help fill in the gaps. Each of these experiences will teach teens the vital 21st Century skills necessary to prepare and succeed in work. So, what are these skills? ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 1 p.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
10 Tips on Choosing a High School

Many parents whose children are approaching high school have asked me for advice on choosing a high school that's right for them. I’ve developed this tip sheet in the hopes of helping more parents as they and their children face this crucial, life-altering choice. 1. It’s about the teachers. Teachers are to schools what engines are to cars. Many aspects of a school are fundamental; others are luxuries. But teachers can make or break a child’s natural curiosity. Their passion for learning provides the spark to ignite young minds. So first and foremost, ask yourself, “How do students interact with ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:43 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
10 Tips to Avoid Facebook Faux-Pas

With university admissions and job applications around the corner, your online reputation is more important than you think. The good news is you are 100% in control of everything you do on Facebook, and with some careful thought put into what you post, you can have a reputation that opens doors to job interviews, has teachers raving about you, and creates a background you can be proud of. 10 Tips to Avoid Facebook Faux-Pas 1. Does it pass the mom test? The next time you are about to press the submit button on a post, ask yourself, "What would Mom ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:28 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move to College

You've planned and prepped for college the last semester of senior year by not sleeping around the clock, being mindful of what you eat, being physically fit, and practicing time management. Once the graduation checks have been cashed, the roses dry up, and the balloons have deflated, the time has come to focus on what it takes to get to college. How to Prepare To help you get prepared, make a college checklist of several different categories that will help you decide what you really need, and what will go untouched if you bring it to school. It's also important ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 10:51 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Choosing the Right Career

When it comes to choosing a path, it's very common for teens to feel somewhat paralyzed by the idea of figuring out what type of job to pursue, let alone making decisions about a college major or career. A good first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You don't need to decide immediately what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life. The main thing is to start taking some small steps to figure out what you think you might like to do or what job you might be best suited for. What's the ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 10:44 a.m. by TeenLife Blogger | View Comments
Making the Perfect Resume

While no employer will expect a teenager to have an amazing amount of experience, don’t underestimate the importance of having an effective resume. Once you have a sense of what you might want to do for a job, it’s time to start focusing on some practical matters. Your resume is a first impression. A quick glance at a resume will make an immediate impression on an employer. It can tell a potential employer whether or not you: Take pride in producing good-looking work Pay attention to detail Are proficient in the latest software technology Typos, spelling errors, and formatting inconsistencies ...

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