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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 ...

Posted Aug. 1, 2019, 11:41 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Can You Answer These 10 College Interview Questions?

If you’re going to college, expect to be interviewed by a college representative. It’s a vital part of the college admissions process. Why? Colleges want to get to know you: Who you are, what your goals are, and how you will contribute to the student population. They also want to see how you answer questions, how informed you are, and your views on other topics. When my daughter was in the midst of her college search, she was interviewed by a representative of Boston University. Since this was her first choice college, she was nervous. She wanted to make a ...

Posted July 30, 2019, 9:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fine Art  Rachel Berkowitz

Rachel Berkowitz studied the arts at Northeastern University. How did you discover your passion for the arts? Growing up, I had never considered myself artistic in the traditional sense of drawing and painting, but I had always admired artists and wished that I could find a creative outlet of my own. I finally found that outlet in photography in the seventh grade, when I borrowed my mom’s camera on a whim to take photos for a contest at school. I love how photography allows me to find beauty in ordinary situations and change the perspective in which others see the ...

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 ...

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