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Category: Summer Programs

Posted Sept. 9, 2019, 10 a.m. by Justine Harrington | View Comments
SPI Study Abroad

It’s no secret that studying abroad is one of the most fun academic learning experiences that a person can ever hope to have (to this day, my own study abroad experience in France remains one of my favorite periods in my life!). After all, what could be better than soaking up an exciting new language and culture while living in a foreign country, making lifelong friends, indulging in the local cuisine, traveling—and all the while, getting credit for your coursework? It just doesn’t get much better than that! But, most importantly, study abroad is a surefire way to acquire some ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 10:58 a.m. by Rosa Heyman | View Comments
My Carefree Summer As A CIT

When I remember how I spent the summer after my sophomore year of high school – working as a counselor-in-training (CIT) at my summer camp in New Hampshire – certain images and memories flood back to me more vividly than do more recent memories from my final years of high school or early years of college. Waking up to the sound of the bugle in the morning and the first shock of the cold air after I threw off my covers; the nearly scalding hot water we used to spray the plastic plates and mugs and bowls before we sent ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Emma Cathy Smith

Emma Cathy Smith studied communications and music at Stevenson University. Why did you pick this particular college? Stevenson University has taken my experience a step further by allowing me to try something new. I met with Stevenson’s Director of Music, Mark Lortz, and decided to learn a brand new instrument—baritone—despite never playing a brass instrument before. There aren’t many college-level music departments that allow you to come in and work your way up, but Stevenson has encouraged me to grow throughout my entire experience. Through personalized lessons and the ability to grow with such a diverse group of people, I ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:08 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Julie Landes

Julie Landes studied music at Pacific Lutheran University. How did you discover your passion for music? My passion for music began when I started piano lessons in kindergarten. As a child who loved music, I was prompted to join the elementary choir. However, though I had brief stints in choral ensembles, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I really fell in love with the art of singing. My high school had recently gotten a new choral director, and she inspired us all to work hard and sing with great technique. I was motivated not only to ...

Posted July 23, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

How many of these summer activities have you ticked off your list? How’s your summer going? We’re just about at the halfway mark, so this is a good time to stop and assess what you’ve done with your big break so far. Hopefully you’ve managed to relax a bit, do something productive, and even have a little fun. But have you made the most of it? Here are 10 things we think every teen should do this summer. How many have you achieved so far? Do some good: It’s not too late to get some community service in this summer. ...

Posted June 24, 2019, 10 a.m. by Michael Jacobus | View Comments
Technology Addiction

We all know a teen — or a lot of teens — who have their face buried perpetually in their phone. Teens engage in an average of about seven hours of screen time every day, according to a report from Common Sense Media. Listening to music, watching TV and videos, and playing games are rated as the top activities. These forms of entertainment are designed to provide steady streams of dopamine to a child’s developing brain. It feels good and keeps users engaged, by just like with food, alcohol or drugs, this instant gratification can create a habit that may ...

Posted June 18, 2019, 3:09 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Study

Summer is perfect for sleeping in, long days at the beach, and relaxing with friends. And you should definitely do those things. But with a little careful though, summer can also be a time for boosting your chances of getting in to your dream college. Even if you’re not heading in to your senior year, it is never too soon to build skills, pursue extracurricular activities, and discover more about who you are and what your want. Here are five ways to get started: Get a job This one may be a little obvious, but it is a traditional way ...

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 4, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

Whether you are still in high school or already deep in your college education, you’re almost certainly being bombarded by people asking what career you want to pursue and where you might want to get a job. And, to be sure, there are plenty of great companies to work for doing amazing things. For some people, though, the lure of entrepreneurship is strong. The reasons to consider starting your own venture are plentiful: the chance to create something from the ground up, to bring your own vision to life, to experience the exhilaration of success. And when you’re an entrepreneur ...

Posted May 17, 2019, 10 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Summer Jobs

It’s mid-May. You’re trying to find a job for the summer, or maybe an internship that will let you explore your career interests. With only a couple weeks until June, you think you might be running out of time. Fear not! There’s plenty of ways to still find employment and they’re easier than you might think. Apply yourself First off, apply. Apply! Apply! Apply! Walk into a business that interests you, that you can get to on a regular basis, or that you have the necessary experience for (even if it’s none), and just ask. I landed my first job ...

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