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Category: High School

Posted Nov. 17, 2020, 12:33 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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As the world of education goes increasingly virtual, events and fairs are too. This is great news for families with teens because there is no travel involved - and most of these virtual events are free to attend by parents and students. Our team at TeenLife is on the lookout and will share the most interesting fairs, panel discussions, webinars that are taking place in the weeks and months ahead in this blog. Be sure to bookmark this post! We will also share a link in our monthly newsletter, so sign up if you are not already on our email ...

Posted Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m. by Adeleine Halsey | View Comments
New Year New Me

"2020 will be my year!" As is the annual tradition, my family exclaimed this with great confidence in late December. We made our New Year's resolutions. We read the "New year new me!" posts on Instagram. Many recounted the dreadfulness of 2019 and rejoiced in the great relief of the turning of the decade. The allure of a new year lay in the promise of bright and unlimited possibilities - a chance to kiss your old-year self goodbye. It represented something exciting: a whole other 365 days to see what this dear old world throws our way. 2020 Is Beyond ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2020, 11:04 a.m. by Ulrich Boser | View Comments
learning online

The debate over the benefits and limitations of online vs in-person learning has raged for decades. Past research has found that online learning can be just as effective a traditional classroom learning. Still, for some students, online classes are the last resort. For others, online learning offers exactly the type of flexible and self-guided learning they prefer. Now, with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual classes have become the norm for many students for the foreseeable future. Whatever side of the online vs offline learning debate you land on, the reality is that many of the skills and tools ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2020, 10:06 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
online fall learning program

The nation got a taste of online learning when schools and universities closed for the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Now, it seems like it is here to stay with students and parents are learning how to adapt. These fall online learning programs offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual program that would otherwise need to be taken in person. These programs can range from two weeks to 10 months and cover a wide range of topics. Check back as we continue to add more! Boston Leadership Institute: Virtual STEM Courses Categories: Academic, STEM Session Date: ...

Posted July 29, 2020, 2:23 p.m. by Dr. Amy Morgenstern | View Comments
Rising Senior

I’ll never forget the time Evelyn, a rising senior, was rejected from every ultra prestigious summer program she’d applied. “No worries,” I quickly reassured her and her mom. “A DIY summer could make an even stronger case at top schools!” Sure enough, after spending her time volunteering at a medical center, taking an online class in environmental leadership (which blew her mind!), and using her extraordinary musical talents to mesmerize fellow volunteers during breaks and play birthday songs for best friends, she was accepted to UC Berkeley in Computer Science. Sometimes a humble plan you’ve patched together is your key ...

Posted May 20, 2020, 10:59 a.m. by Cynthia Bahmani | View Comments
11 Ideas to Feel Better Physical and Mentally

Are you bored to tears with SIP and miss breaking a sweat? Do you miss your athletics and feeling fit? Did you miss Prom or other school dances? In addition, to walking and biking, check out these eleven ways to stay fit indoors AND outdoors with the power of your favorite music pumping in your veins, and lighting up good endorphins in your brain! Here is a link to how music can lift your spirit and mood. Most ideas below are from your fellow teens: Find a FITNESS APP you like, such as Nike Training Club, PilatesAnytime, Peleton Fitness, Orange ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 10:04 a.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
Pivot

Generation Z possesses a lot of fantastic qualities, but the one thing we repeatedly hear from admission officers is that they want to see more grit, more resilience. Many high school students aren’t used to failure and find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move on, missing the chance to learn from their past mistakes. Don’t wallow in things you can’t control. As an independent educational consultant, I’m waking up daily to an inbox flooded with emails. Students are asking questions such as, “How is this virus going to affect my future college application? Are these abridged AP ...

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 July 26, 2019, 9 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Mountain student

The idea of venturing away from home after high school is daunting. The idea of venturing before that? Maybe a little terrifying. Yet that’s the idea behind semester schools. It’s a basic concept: Go to school for one semester. The catch is that the school is outside of your world and probably outside of your comfort zone. Semester schools offer specialized programs that allow high school students — typically during your junior year — to study away from home, getting real-world experiences along the way. You return with a semester’s worth of high school credit and a wealth of brand-new ...