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Category: Colleges & Universities

Posted July 29, 2019, 10 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
pre-college packing

I’m headed off to college in a week and a half, so these past few weekends have been spent scouring stores for the best buys in dorm room necessities and…not-so necessities. Quite the pile has sprung up in the front hallway, and the prospect of leaving is, by shear volume of possessions, becoming a great deal clearer. But, as fun as this packing process has been and can be for everyone, it must be undertaken with rhyme, reason, and careful planning. Hopefully, these tips will help your or your soon-to-be-college student’s transition be all that much smoother. Good luck! 1. ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Emma Cathy Smith

Emma Cathy Smith studied communications and music at Stevenson University. Why did you pick this particular college? Stevenson University has taken my experience a step further by allowing me to try something new. I met with Stevenson’s Director of Music, Mark Lortz, and decided to learn a brand new instrument—baritone—despite never playing a brass instrument before. There aren’t many college-level music departments that allow you to come in and work your way up, but Stevenson has encouraged me to grow throughout my entire experience. Through personalized lessons and the ability to grow with such a diverse group of people, I ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:08 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Julie Landes

Julie Landes studied music at Pacific Lutheran University. How did you discover your passion for music? My passion for music began when I started piano lessons in kindergarten. As a child who loved music, I was prompted to join the elementary choir. However, though I had brief stints in choral ensembles, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I really fell in love with the art of singing. My high school had recently gotten a new choral director, and she inspired us all to work hard and sing with great technique. I was motivated not only to ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 2 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Public Vs. Private High School: One Family's Perspective

My son recently graduated from a high-quality private high school and my daughter is in 12th grade at a high-quality public one. My son prospered at private school, while my daughter would not change her educational experience at public school. I have an inside view of both worlds. Rather than provide my perspective on the pros and cons of each educational option, I am sharing the astute insights my daughter offered when she lobbied to stay in public school. Here’s a recap of our conversation with my points and her counterpoints: Just think, in private school you’ll get: Intellectual and ...

Posted July 17, 2019, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What to Expect at College Orientation

Colleges instituted orientation for incoming students to ease the transition into college. Freshman orientation is a way for students to meet other students, become familiar with campus services, and register for fall classes. Every student attending college in the fall should add orientation to their to-do list this summer. While orientation has been traditionally for students, in the last 10 years, colleges have recognized the fact that parents need help dealing with the transition. To the traditional student orientation, they have added parent orientation. If you have a teen heading to college in the fall, parents should consider attending if ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Drama Maria Heitmann

Maria Heitmann studied drama at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for drama and musical theatre? My parents are the reason I am passionate for theatre as a whole. They practically raised me on Broadway and the first movies I watched were musicals. I’m grateful for them, their support, and their push for me to have such a wonderful thing in my life every day. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite thing about performing has to be the complete escape from reality, both for the performers and viewers. In no other business can ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:19 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Keegan Brush

Keegan Brush studied music at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for music education and choral studies? Growing up, I have always been involved with music in and outside of school, but my passion for music education and choral studies began in high school. I knew I wanted to go into education because I enjoyed tutoring my fellow classmates, but was conflicted about what I wanted to teach. My favorite subjects were math and music but I was much more passionate about music. When I approached my high school choral director about going into music ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:13 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Art Breny Recinos Argueta

Breny Recinos Argueta studied art at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for art? I discovered my passion when I took my first digital art class with Professor Monaghan. Things just clicked for me. I knew I was in the right place when I was having fun and doing work on my own time just to learn more. What’s your favorite part about creating? My favorite part about creating is seeing the final project. After spending so many hours working on a project, it is really rewarding to see the results and everything you have ...

Posted July 9, 2019, 10 a.m. by Moira McCullough | View Comments
College Tour

When researching colleges, every interaction with a potential school plays a role in the decision whether to apply. Everything from the drive up to campus to the interaction with a tour guide to an Instagram post you scroll past right before you fall asleep is evidence you can use to decide whether a school is a good fit for you. Choosing to apply to a specific university is more than making a pro/con list and confirming they have your major—it is a visceral feeling that this place could become a home. College admissions is about crafting the most compelling and ...

Posted July 8, 2019, 6:57 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Rachael Dobosz

Rachael Dobosz studied music at DePaul University's School of Music. Why did you pick this particular college? When I began looking at colleges towards the end of my time in high school I knew I wanted to pursue a performance career in a city with a great music culture, as well as have the opportunity to take liberal arts courses. I was interested in the DePaul School of Music when I learned about the programs within the music school that focused on all aspects of the music industry and the opportunity to explore other courses and subjects to contribute to ...

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