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Category: Summer Programs

Posted May 24, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments

In today’s competitive college admissions market, it’s critical to stand out. A student’s high school resume should communicate to the college that he or she has taken academics seriously and pursued worthwhile activities outside of class. A resume for a high school student is more than a list of academics and achievements; it should turn admissions heads and move them to offer admission. How can your high school student use summer to boost his or her resume? One way is to enroll in a pre-college summer program at a college or university. These programs provide high school students an opportunity ...

Posted April 20, 2017, 3:56 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments

Summer is approaching and the last thing you probably want to hear about is college prep. Summer is supposed to be a time for fun, relaxation and a break from academics. But what if I told you that you can kill two birds with one stone: have fun and improve your college chances? Believe it or not, it’s possible through a variety of teen summer programs and strategies. Study or volunteer abroad If you have a bit of the wanderlust spirit, you can travel, see the world and chalk up some points for your college application. You can simply travel, ...

Posted March 21, 2017, 1:26 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

I remember going to summer camp when I was a teenager. It was a great time to meet new people, try new things, and get away from home for a while! We lived in cabins in the redwood forests of California, ate in the camp’s mess hall at long tables, and took part in activities like archery and a ropes course in the trees. I enjoyed my time, but I was also nervous. I didn’t know anyone and I hadn’t spent much time away from home before then. The good news is, I didn’t need to be nervous, and neither ...

Posted July 25, 2016, 2 p.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your College Application This Summer

Whether your summer plans involve flipping burgers or lounging at the shore, we recommend five simple steps that won’t overly-detract from your summer but will give you a leg up in the college admissions process come the frenetically-paced autumn months that loom ahead. 1. Demonstrate interest. Carve out a few moments to show your prospective colleges some love. Trust us, with yield-rate statistics causing admissions officers many restless nights, making schools feel wanted can leave a favorable impression. Whether or not a student showed interest in the form of a campus visit, an email, or time surfing the university website ...

Posted June 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
4 Reasons Why High School Summer Reading Matters

Many high school students dread summer reading. And even if your school requires it, you procrastinate getting it done until the very last moment. This summer, for the sake of your college applications, don’t. Here are four reasons why summer reading matters – and how you can make it work for you on your college applications and college essays. 1. Summer reading can limit summer slide. Summer slide refers to summer learning loss, which can happen when you don’t stay academically active during the summer. Your ease with reading – and even your overall school readiness – can drop during ...

Posted June 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
9 Tips for Teens Going Overseas for the First Time

Are you going on a high school overseas travel program this summer or perhaps taking a full gap year to explore? If so, good for you! Leaving home can be scary but it’s also an exciting opportunity. You may never have traveled outside the country. You might think it’s dangerous and risky. You also might be really, really excited! Only about 45 percent of Americans have a passport, according to the travel site, TheExpeditioner. It’s too bad. You mature a lot when you travel and you become more responsible. Oh, and you also have lots of fun and bring back ...

Posted June 7, 2016, 9 a.m. by Armi Kauppila | View Comments
Embrace a foreign language with these 5 effective tips!

Are you going overseas as part of a teen summer program or gap year and nervous about getting lost in a foreign language? Think you will struggle expressing basic needs in a new environment? Afraid of getting laughed at by locals for making "easy" language mistakes? Take my advice to push yourself through it and get the most out of it. Before starting my bridge year with Global Citizen Year in Senegal, I was most excited about learning a whole new language – French. It would be tough, but I had a lot of energy so I would rock it! ...

Posted June 1, 2016, 9 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Have a Teen Headed to Camp? Break Out the Disposable Sheets!

If you have a teenager going to an overnight program this summer, you’ve probably already started the packing list, and most likely not without a hint of stress. Before you go too far down that path, the moms at Beantown Bedding have some words to the wise: Summer camp for teens should be like a mini vacation for you. Assume that everything you send will be lost, stolen or damaged, so set expectations low for the safe return of anything other than your actual kids. Get the rag bin ready for the return of stained T-shirts and suddenly single socks, ...

Posted May 6, 2016, 11:06 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year

First Time Overseas? 3 Tips for a Great Summer Program or Gap Year I’ve been on the road for over a full year and during that time lived in five different Asian countries for a few months each (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and China). I just spent some time in Florida for a conference after spending two months in Mexico. So if you are going on an overseas teen program this summer or setting off on a gap year, I can help. I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and met many, many interesting people I would never run ...

Posted April 20, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Ways a Summer Program Can Help You Get Into College

5 Ways a Summer Program Can Help You Get Into College Summer is quickly approaching and you face the inevitable question: How do I spend my summer? Should I get a job, go to camp, or just take it easy and enjoy my vacation? A college-bound student however, should ask this question: How can I use the summer to explore my passion and interests? The best place to begin is with pre-college summer programs. These programs are available for all areas of interests such as sports, creative arts and STEM. Thye come in all lengths and budgets; some are day ...

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