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Category: Finding Your Passion

Posted March 3, 2021, 6:38 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
how to take your writing to the next level

Are you a high school student looking to practice and improve your writing abilities through specialized summer programs? Whether you prefer to read and write fiction, poetry, journalism, or something else entirely, there are many programs to help you hone in your writing ability and to give you different avenues to explore your writing voice. Do You Want To Be A Journalist? For capable writers interested in exploring journalism (specifically investigative journalism), consider The School of the New York Times: Introduction to Investigative Journalism. In a field so engrossed in the exposure of fresh and hidden news, it is important ...

Posted March 1, 2021, 12:11 p.m. by Neal Taparia | View Comments
How to Start a Business in High School

I always thought it was fun to discover ways to make money. In 1999, during my sophomore year in high school, the air conditioning went out. While students were sweating going from class to class, I saw an opportunity. I had my mom drive me to Walgreens where I purchased five miniature fans for $2 each. The next day, I sold those fans to my classmates for $5 each, making $25 in revenue, covering my costs of $10, and making $15 in profit. Not bad for a high school student. Later, when I started learning about building websites in computer ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2020, 11:59 a.m. by Nadine Evans | View Comments
medical school

Whether you're a senior high school student applying to college or just at the start of your undergraduate degree, you have a lot of upcoming decisions to make. One of which; applying to medical school, you've already decided on. As you already know, you must do really well during your undergraduate years in college to have a realistic chance of acceptance to medical school and one of the biggest keys to academic success is using self-reflection to decide what you want to study and where you want to study. Keep in mind that medical schools do not have a preference ...

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. 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. 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. 18, 2019, 7:50 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Languages Leanne Tyme

Leanne Tyme studied Spanish and French with CESA Languages Abroad. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I wanted to have a gap year in which I could both learn and enjoy myself at the same time. As I will be studying French at university, I wanted a course that would allow me to improve my language skills and give me some time to do some exploring outside of classes. How did you decide which gap year programne was right for you? First I had to decide what I wanted to get out of my gap ...

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 ...

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