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Posted March 14, 2017, 3:58 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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Is boarding school worth the expense? TeenLife asked parents of boarding school students and the answer was a resounding “yes!” It’s not easy for many parents to consider boarding school. Students may be nervous about living away from home. Parents may be concerned that they won’t see their child every day. And college costs loom on the horizon. We spoke to parents who sent their children to boarding school to find out if the investment was worthwhile. All felt that this decision contributed to their child’s success in college and beyond, not only through academics, but by fostering independence and ...

Posted March 9, 2017, 7 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
7 Questions to Ask an Independent College Advisor

The decision to hire an independent college advisor is a difficult one. It’s extra time and money on top of whatever college counseling your student’s school may offer. But some students need the personal attention, whether it’s help organizing their high school resume, polishing a college essay or picking schools that are interesting and appropriate. Once you make the decision to hire an independent college advisor, you should know what questions to ask possible candidates before you start the college admissions process. Here are seven questions to ask before you hire an independent college advisor. Do you provide a preliminary ...

Posted March 6, 2017, 2 p.m. by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | View Comments
You can study language immersion at Concordia Language Villages.

As anyone who has done it will tell you: learning another language isn’t easy. You have to put in effort over a long period of time when progress often seems slow. So it’s not surprising that many teens either never start (assuming they are even given the option in school) or drop it after just a year or two. Either is a mistake. Learning a foreign language is good for your brain and your future earning power. And it can be fun, especially if you go to a summer language program where you’ll meet other teens interested in becoming fluent. ...

Posted March 4, 2017, 9 a.m. by Courtney Coelho | View Comments
9 Awesome Things You Could Be Doing This Summer At Brown

With nearly three months of school-free time over the summer, the possibilities seem endless. You could tap into your sense of adventure by trying a new activity or traveling abroad, exercise your scholarly side by exploring a topic you’ve always been interested in, or work your social networking skills by meeting students from all over the country and the world with diverse backgrounds and interests. Or do all of the above and more through one of Brown University’s Pre-College Summer Programs. With multiple sessions that last from one to seven weeks, Brown’s Pre-College Summer Programs include more than 300 courses ...

Posted Feb. 9, 2017, 2:28 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
private-school

When my children were young, it never occurred to me to consider private school. I was a public-school kid of the 1960s. None of my friends went to private school. All the middle-class, average kids I knew walked to school every morning to the closest neighborhood school. It was that simple. My parents never considered the private school option. But times changed. The public schools changed. A generation later, the choice of schools was more complicated. Parents were considering other options as my children reached school age. The public schools became more crowded. Teachers became overwhelmed with responsibilities that added ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Find Your Summer in TeenLife's Guide or at a Program Fair

Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new ...

Posted Dec. 13, 2016, 2:24 p.m. by Sarah Shemkus | View Comments
boarding school dorm

Sometimes going to boarding school doesn’t mean leaving home - or, at the least, going far away. Many boarding schools welcome day students and/or allow local students to live on campus. (Some, like the Groton School in Groton, Mass., only occasionally let local students live in the dorms ). So, if you want the advantages of private boarding school, but aren’t sure you want to be far from home, look at what’s offered within an easy commute. Then, decide if you want to stick to the comforts of home or pack up your belongings and move into the dorm. It’s ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2016, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Don't shy away from applying for scholarships.

There is great discussion among parents and students about whether or not college scholarship applications are worth it. Students complain about the time involved with seemingly little to show for it. Parents urge, and often nag, their students to apply. Other parents believe it’s simply a waste of time. I happen to be one who believes scholarship applications are indeed worth the time and effort. My daughter attended an expensive private university based on the scholarships she won from outside sources and from the college or university itself. Those scholarships allowed her to attend a school that was financially out ...

Posted Nov. 25, 2016, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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It’s still uncommon for students to use video and other media in college applications and colleges have mixed attitudes toward them. If, however, you want to spice up your high school resume, there are some college-ready platforms that can help. Jobma, for example, offers video services for job applicants and to students for college applications. Other companies will help produce an application video. Students film themselves through a webcam and the companies do the rest, including posting. Some students tape their own videos and put them on YouTube or other social media and send the colleges a link. That, however, ...

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Consider the traits of student at liberal arts colleges

As you decide where to attend college, one of the choices is whether or not to apply to a liberal arts school – an undergraduate institution that emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences such as art history, literature and mathematics. Although some research universities include a liberal arts department, liberal arts colleges are typically differentiated from technical colleges and research universities. What might make you a good match for a liberal arts college? What attributes do liberal arts students share? Consider these traits as you apply to colleges: 1. You enjoy discussing ideas. If you are excited about attending college ...

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