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Category: Summer Programs

Posted Feb. 20, 2018, 1:07 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Isabella Ogbolumani was a student at Wellesley College’s Immersive Pre-College Summer Program. This is how she describes the program:  All my life, I had heard about how great Wellesley is from the women in my family who studied at Wellesley and loved it. However, it was not until I completed a summ

Isabella Ogbolumani was a student at Wellesley College’s Immersive Pre-College Summer Program. This is how she describes the program: All my life, I had heard about how great Wellesley is from the women in my family who studied at Wellesley and loved it. However, it was not until I completed a summer term at Wellesley's Immersive Pre-College Program that I truly saw how great Wellesley is. The minute I pulled up to Stone-Davis Hall and climbed out of the car, I was met with the classic Wellesley warmth. I was greeted by super nice, welcoming and accommodating people that I ...

Posted Jan. 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
How to Help Keep Your High School Student Safe Overseas

The benefits that high school students get from going overseas on a summer program are endless. It exposes them to people, languages and cultures that are very different from their own, which is increasingly important in a global world. It makes them more self-reliant, and increases confidence and maturity. But the privilege to travel also comes with responsibilities. Experts in the travel field offer the following advice for keeping high school students confident, happy and safe overseas: Pick the right program. Summer high school trips can be expensive but are often the trip of a lifetime, according to Eve Eifler, ...

Posted Jan. 18, 2018, 8 p.m. by Stephen Gray Wallace | View Comments
Why Summer Camp Is Still Relevant for High School Students

Behind the magic of summer camp lie the fundamental building blocks of experiential learning, social development, character, civic engagement and other 21st-century “soft” skills that might very well translate into job opportunities one day. Who knew? “From the time courageous and forward-thinking educators created what has grown to become a world-wide camp movement here …, they knew that something was lacking in children’s overall education,” Lucy Norvell, director of development and communications for the American Camp Association, New England, wrote in a 2016 article about the history of camps. “Those lucky campers who hiked and adventured along Connecticut’s Long Island ...

Posted Jan. 10, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
William & Mary NIAHD: Jonas Kristensson

Jonas Kristensson spent part of summer at the College of William & Mary's National Institute of American History and Democracy. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? I’ve always tried to do fun and interesting things during the summer, so I was looking at quite a few programs. An overnight pre-college program was something I hadn’t tried yet, and the prospect of meeting new people and getting a taste of college life appealed to me. It helped that I was a rising senior in high school, which meant that I was at ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Travel For Teens: Katie Curran

Katie Curran traveled to Germany, France and England with Travel for Teens the summer of 2014 at age 16. She visited Berlin, Paris and London. Reason to get out of my comfort zone: I have a true passion for traveling, and I always want to explore new places. Travel for Teens looked like an amazing organization that would allow me to experience three dynamic cities as a traveler instead of a tourist. To me, travel is a great adventure of self-exploration. Through my experiences, travel has become the blood that fills my veins, making me who I am. As a ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2018, 3 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Middlebury Interactive Language Academy: Abigail Benz

Abigail Benz spent part of a summer in a Spanish Immersion program with the Middlebury Interactive Language Academy. Beep, Beep, Beep. It was seven o’clock in the morning on my first day at the Spanish Academy. “Buenos dias, Abigail. Tiempo para desayunar,” said my roommate. My head was spinning, and I was confused. I was thinking in English but I was supposed to be speaking Spanish. Welcome to the immersion experience! My first morning went fairly smoothly (cereal? check!), but I hit my first roadblock at lunch. I wanted some pepper from the middle of the table but it was ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MarineQuest at UNCW: Mark Makowski

Mark Makowski spent part of his summer in the MarineQuest program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Marine science has always been a large part of my life. Since I was a little kid, I wanted to become a marine biologist. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I attended MarineQuest’s summer residential programs O.C.E.A.N.S. in 2013 and Oceans-17 in 2014. Sophomore year of high school, I started to think about potential colleges I would want to attend to get my degree in marine ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Summer Program: Joelle Moore

Joelle Moore spent part of her summer at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Outreach Summer Program (SAILORS, now called Stanford AI4ALL). Why did you choose to participate in an overnight summer program? I decided to participate in a summer program to explore my interest in STEM outside of what is currently taught at my school. I had heard a lot about artificial intelligence and wanted to learn more. I thought the summer would be the best time to explore the field as a career. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I looked at several ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 7 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University Summer College: Riley DeBaecke

Riley DeBaecke spent part of the summer at the Syracuse University Summer College. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I chose to participate in a summer program because I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer. Participating in the Environmental Engineering program offered through the Syracuse University Summer College promised to help me achieve this goal. Enrolling in any summer program is beneficial to students, whether they realize the positive effects immediately or not. Not only did I gain knowledge of other cultures through social interaction with students from foreign countries, but I also continue ...

Posted Jan. 2, 2018, 6 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wagner College Pre-College Program: Grace Twaddell

Grace Twaddell spent part of her summer in the Wagner College Pre-College Program and now attends Wagner. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? When I signed up for the Pre-College course, I was simply looking for a way to spend my summer. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I planned to take a class for my EMT-B certification when the summer was over, so the Wagner College Simulated Medicine program seemed to be the perfect way to jumpstart learning what I’d need to know. What ...

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