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Category: Colleges & Universities

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 ...

Posted July 8, 2019, 6:48 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Theatre John Cavaseno

John Cavaseno studied music theatre at State University of New York. How did you discover your passion for music and your instrument? My high school English teacher once told me, “You are so quiet in class but when you’re on stage you light up!” I am lucky that I found my passion pretty early in life and I’ve continued to pursue it everyday. What's your favorite part about performing? If I had to pick a favorite part about performing, I would say it’s the feeling I get when I first step on stage. Performing for an audience and giving your ...

Posted June 25, 2019, 11:05 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dance Ane Arrieta

Ane Arrieta studied dance at University of Hartford's The Hartt School. How did you discover your passion for dance? I grew up dancing in a small studio that was connected to a Contemporary Ballet company called Island Moving Company. I was inspired by this company since I was young and I always knew that one day I wanted to be like the dancers in the company. I wanted to perform and share my art as a living. Once I started going to other summer intensives in high school and meeting and learning from other dancers, teachers, and performers in the ...

Posted June 25, 2019, 8:54 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Savannah Schaumburg

Savannah Schaumburg studied music at University of Pugent Sound. How did you discover your passion for music and your instrument? I don't recall one specific moment where I discovered my passion for music, but I believe that several meaningful performances shared with great friends and mentors led to this discovery. Experiencing the joys of playing and collaborating in an ensemble to create something beautiful revealed my passion for music. What's your favorite part about performing? When performing in an ensemble, there are moments when the conductor and the players seem to forget everything that is happening that is not the ...

Posted June 25, 2019, 8:44 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fine Art Daniel Ellis

Daniel Ellis studies art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. How did you discover your passion for creating? It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for most of my life. I remember when I was a kid I was always into comic books. I was always doodling in my sketchbooks and drawing ninjas and superheroes. What is your favorite thing about creating? I feel like I can tell a story or create something widespread that everyone can check out. Why did you choose MCAD? I came in for a tour of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, ...

Posted June 15, 2019, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Summer Activities That Will Turn Admissions’ Heads

In today’s competitive college admissions market, students are faced with the task of setting themselves apart from other applicants. Colleges look for students who are dedicated to academics but they want to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. Admission officers look for those who demonstrate interesting and diverse qualities, not just those who spend 100 percent of their time studying. Colleges need and want students who are committed to activities that they are passionate about. The summer creates opportunities for students to demonstrate this quality, whether it's in a structured summer program for teenagers, or individually. The last thing you ...

Posted June 7, 2019, 10 a.m. by Hannah Grieco | View Comments
ASD College Students

For students on the autism spectrum, college can be a time of social anxiety and overwhelming choices. All colleges and universities are required by law to follow established 504 plans — a plan of accommodations that support a person with a disability — but sometimes that is where the school stops. Extended testing time and flexible assignment schedules might not be enough support for a teen who is living or learning independently for the first time. Luckily, more and more schools are offering programs specifically tailored to people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. These specialized offerings go above and ...

Posted June 3, 2019, 4:33 p.m. by Stephen Friedfeld | View Comments
7 Tips on Getting Letters of Recommendation for College

If you’re a rising senior, it is extremely important to make getting letters of recommendation a top priority. How many will you need? Whom should you ask and when? What should they say about you? Typically, most large public institutions don’t require any letters. Admissions decisions are based on students’ grades, standardized test scores, essays, and extracurricular activities. But for most private colleges and universities, you’ll likely need one to three. The more selective the college, the more letters you’ll need. 7 Tips for Getting Letters of Recommendation: 1. Your school (or guidance) counselor will write your primary letter of ...

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