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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted Oct. 16, 2019, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

Most teens will tell you that making the college list is one of the most stressful times in their life. It’s a process that begins with a little bit of knowing what you like, what your goals are, and that intuition that every student takes to the table. Knowing yourself, your likes, and your dislikes will help you in the process. There’s a theory among teens and many parents, which says, “The more colleges you apply to, the better your chances.” In theory it makes sense, but there are other things to consider besides hedging your bets with numbers. Three ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2019, 11 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
SAIC Maria Fernanda Hernandez Tort

Marie Fernanda Hernandez Tort studied the Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. How did you discover your passion for the Arts (dance, acting, clarinet, game design..)? I knew I liked making art since I was young and was always going to art classes and making things in my spare time. I’ve been cross-stitching since I was 6 and have played games all of my life. I tried going to a more academic-based school for a while, but quickly transferred over. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? I love the feeling of being so into making the ...

Posted Aug. 29, 2019, 10 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Three Questions to Consider Before Applying Early Decision

Deciding whether to apply Early Decision (ED) or not to college is a huge dilemma that many high school students must face. While applying ED can increase your chances of admittance in many cases, there are some downfalls as well. 1. Can I afford to pay the bill? Early decision (ED) admission into a college means that you will be receiving only one financial aid offer, which may or may not be enough to sufficiently cover your college-related expenses. Remember, your ED college is not particularly inclined to award a generous package, given that they have already secured your commitment ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2019, 3:53 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Abbey Meysenburg

Abbey Meysenburg studied music management at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. How did you discover your passion for Music Management? I’ve been writing and performing music for a little over five years, but I often found myself just as enthralled with the process of planning gigs, booking artists, and reviewing contracts as I was with performing. When I found out about the Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre and Events course at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) at a NACAC PVA fair, I was very happy to find a program that combined all my interests. What’s your favorite ...

Posted Aug. 20, 2019, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
A Parent’s Role in the College Admissions Process

A few years ago, a student at the University of Cincinnati won a restraining order against her parents for “stalking” her in college. They had installed spyware on their daughter’s phone and computer, snuck into her dorm room on multiple occasions, and regularly met with the dean of her college demanding academic updates. In an age where the media has as many terms for overly-involved parents as the Eskimos have for snow (Tiger moms, Helicopter parents, wolf dads, etc.), this anecdote, sadly, hardly comes as a surprise. Download Parents are unquestionably a critical component to a student’s college transition, but ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Kelly Moneymaker

Kelly Moneymaker studied the arts at The College of Creative Arts at Massey University. How did you discover your passion? When I was two years old, I told my dad I wanted to be a singer. I started singing, then writing, then producing, then making my own videos, which led me to this degree. I wanted to be better at making videos and I've discovered newfound passions–filmmaking and sound design. What’s your favorite part about creating? I don't have a favorite part of creating. I love conceptualizing, exploring, refining, finishing then watching people's reactions. My favorite part of performing is ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:13 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Madison Spahn

Madison Spahn studied voice at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. How did you discover your passion for the vocal arts? I’ve been singing since before I could speak in complete sentences and performing on stage since my first production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age four. For me, music is as natural as breathing (if not quite as easy). Even when I wasn’t sure whether I would pursue a career in music, I knew that it was too important to not be part of my life. What is your favorite thing about performing? For me, the best part ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:49 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dance Stephanie Giuliani

Stephanie Giuliani studied dance at Drexel University. How did you discover your passion for singing? My connection to dance started at the age of six when I began going to the Minnesota Ballet School and spent the next 12 years of my life dedicated to ballet technique. Why did you pick this particular college program? After high school, I chose Drexel University for its dance program which combined my interests in physical therapy with my passion for dance. What has been your favorite part of this college program? Coming from a classical ballet background, other techniques like modern, jazz, African ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:39 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Austin Nikirk

Austin Nikirk studied music at Gettysburg College. How did you discover your passion for singing? When my parents put me in a children’s choir at age six, I was convinced they were trying to squash my talent. “I don’t want someone else to tell me how to do it!” I remember screaming on the way to the first rehearsal, sobbing in the car. Through the next twelve or so years of my life though, I found my passion for performing through letting someone else tell me how to do it. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love standing in ...

Posted Aug. 5, 2019, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The 5 Most Important First-Semester Tasks for Seniors

The first semester of senior year is filled with anticipation. It’s your last year of high school and you have so much to look forward to, such as graduation and college. But in order to reach those goals, you have some high-priority things in the area of college admissions and creating the best college application that you can. 1. Get recommendation letters. There’s no time to waste. Teachers and administrators and other mentors are busy people. With multiple students asking for recommendation letters, you want to be first in line. If you’ve done your homework, you have built relationships and ...

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