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Posted June 7, 2021, 1:52 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 March 22, 2021, 5:33 p.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments
merit aid

High school seniors are currently receiving their admission decisions, and the power is shifting—admitted students are now in the drivers’ seat. We suggest that students take this opportunity to appeal for more merit aid. Since colleges use merit aid as a way to entice students to enroll at their institution, they may be open to increasing the original scholarship amount, if they believe offering a little more money will seal the deal. The college will consider multiple factors in their review, including evaluating how competitive the student is in relation to others and comparing the dollar amount awarded by peer ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2021, 12:44 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
high school senior

The COVID-19 pandemic has stripped millions of high school students of important adolescent milestones. Too many, milestones such as prom and graduation serve as a rite of passage into adulthood; they are culminations of almost twelve years of intense, academic work. Being in the graduating Class of 2020, I went through feelings of disappointment, despondency, separation, and loss when I was stripped of my senior spring last May. There was truly nothing I could do to ameliorate the distressing state of the world; for the first time in my entire life, I felt like nothing was in my control. In ...

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 Aug. 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m. by Soula Gountouvas | View Comments

We’ve all been coping, in one way or another, through the tough times the pandemic has brought on: huge lifestyle changes, self-isolation and uncertainty about the future. Even if someone had it all figured out, this would be a challenge. With most of us losing access to some of our best tools to keep us sane - being with friends, going to parks, working and routine - there are a lot of tools that can help us build resilience right now and for the future. From the tangle of our thoughts, feelings, worries, emotions, and not-so-helpful mental habits, here’s one ...

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 July 23, 2020, 12:15 p.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
class of 2024

Change. Change is and will be the action word in your life now and for the next few academic years. Easy for the rest of us to say, and so hard for you and your family to hear, imagine, and figure out. There is change from the colleges every day about what to do with their freshman class of 2024. You will have heard of online classes for next year, new registration dates, change in prices, students on or not on campus and in or not in residence halls. Classes for on-campus students for one-semester, followed by a semester online. ...

Posted July 17, 2020, 11:15 a.m. by Maureen Klovers | View Comments
online schooling

These last three months have been a tough time to be a parent, especially if you work full-time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local lockdowns, you’re now a chef, therapist, hairdresser, nurse,dogwalker, and technology consultant (for all those Zoom calls with Grandma). Worst of all, your school district expects you to homeschool your child, and your boss expects you to put in a full day at the (cramped home) office. You’re not as good of a teacher as the professional who used to be in your child’s classroom—and you’re not as productive at work now that you’re ...

Posted April 28, 2020, 8:21 a.m. by Joyce Slayton Mitchell | View Comments
Empty lecture seats

Trying to imagine applying to college is hard to do. Being at home instead of at school with your friends, teachers, friends, school counselor, and friends is not where you want to be. Not knowing when or if your senior year will begin in September is almost impossible to imagine. Let’s agree that it is what it is. Stay Connected While Applying to College From Home Most important is to get and stay in touch with your teachers and school counselor throughout the college application process. If you haven’t heard from your guidance (college) counselor, email him or her today. ...

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

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 ...

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