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Category: Summer Programs

Posted May 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
young woman in blue uniform playing lacrosse on a field

Shining stars are bright and easy to see in a night sky. So, too, are the teenage athletes who excel on fields of play and at elite summer camps. But what about the other players in the game? Maybe you’re not a blue-chip prospect suited for a five-star summer showcase. Maybe you’re trying to improve your skills and display your potential. Or maybe you’re just getting ready to try out for the team. How do you know what kind of summer sports camp to consider? Camps come in all shapes and sizes and for all abilities. Nearly 8 million students ...

Posted April 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Young woman studying outside on a college campus in the summer.

A classroom might seem like the last place you’d want to spend those precious few weeks of summer vacation, but if it’s a college-level classroom, there might be all kinds of benefits. “Taking college courses during the summer can be a great way to start to get a feel for the academic expectations of a college classroom and can enhance the rigor of your high school curriculum,” says Mike Lynch, director of undergraduate admission at Emerson College in Boston who meets lots of high school students at Emerson’s summer programs. “Doing well in a college course can help admission officers ...

Posted April 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
Young writer working on a laptop and with an notebook.

Even in this age of science and technology, there are high school students who dream of writing The Great American Novel. Or, perhaps they imagine themselves as great essayists in The New Yorker, or starting the hot new blog, or cranking out a screenplay, or blowing the lid off city government with an investigative journalism piece. Whatever their aspirations, it’s important for high school students interested in writing to practice their craft with the best writers and mentors. One way to do that is by attending a pre-college summer program that focuses on creative writing. While these writing programs are ...

Posted March 24, 2018, 8 a.m. by Stephen Gray Wallace | View Comments
Teenagers sitting around a campfire at camp.

Theodore Roosevelt reportedly said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” While Teddy was likely speaking of deciding issues far weightier than what to do with high school students during the summer months, with the advent of spring, it’s a topic of discussion around more than a few family dinner tables. My answer? The best thing to do is send high school students to summer camp! While there are many reasons, I will focus on ...

Posted March 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Olivia Collymore participated in a summer writing class through Wellesley College’s Pre-College Exploratory Workshop.

Olivia Collymore participated in a summer writing class through Wellesley College’s Pre-College Exploratory Workshop. Though I did not know much about Wellesley College, it was a college that I associated with producing women who were strong and independent. When I read about Wellesley's Pre-College Exploratory Workshops, I jumped on the chance, as a high-school senior, to explore life on the campus. Upon arrival, I immediately noticed the amazing architecture around the buildings. The way the concrete sculptures fell on the building gave the campus an overwhelming feeling of elegance. By the time I was moved into my dorm room it ...

Posted March 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Group of teens in matching shirts participating in summer program

What is it about summer that invites experimentation and risk among high school students? Is it the freedom? The long days (and warm nights)? The bouts of boredom? The prospect of that haunting question in the fall, “What did you do this summer?” Some of you will have a job or internship that helps you pay the bills and/or acquire valuable employment skills. Others will be practicing at getting better at a sport. What if this summer you channeled some of your energy into an experience that led to new interests, new friends, new places and new chances to discover ...

Posted March 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by Andrew Potter | View Comments
Students give a thumbs up to career exploration summer programs.

If you have been paying attention, you may have heard that sometime down the road, a robot is going to take your job. If you believe some of the rhetoric, sometime in the future most of us will wander aimlessly across a barren planet in search of work only to realize that the “Terminator” movies were actually documentaries sent back from the future. While the next 20 years will be defined by disruption on a historic scale that will redefine the world of work, it will also create a period of incredible opportunity for students who can innovate, think critically, ...

Posted March 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
 Chloe Frantzis attended a flash-fiction class at Wellesley Pre-College summer program for high school students.

Chloe Frantzis participated in a one-week flash-fiction course that was part of Welllesley’s Pre-College Summer Program. There were a few things I knew for certain when I entered Wellesley's One Week Pre-College Workshop: First, I had no clue what to expect. Second, I had no clue what flash fiction was. And, third, I was most certainly not going to an all-women's college. I am a currently a senior at Newton South High School in Massachusetts -- which is approximately a seven-minute drive away from Wellesley College. Although I had gone to multiple athletic camps, I was looking for another experience ...

Posted March 10, 2018, 5 a.m. by Emily Popek | View Comments
Placard for teen activists that says today we march; tomorrow we vote.

“A generation of activists.” That’s how Richard West, lead instructor of the Pre-College Politics, Activism and Leadership Institute at Emerson College in Boston, describes the teenagers of today. And high school students are lining up to take their activism to the next level at summer programs like Emerson’s. The institute and other political-action programs offer young people a way to channel passion into thoughtful and informed action, West said. “You can express a viewpoint on Facebook, but that’s different than expressing a viewpoint to decision-makers,” West said, adding, “A lot of people look at a teenager as having no credibility.” ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Christina June | View Comments
4 Reasons for High School STEM Students to Try Something New This Summer

It’s junior year in high school and you’re trying to figure out your plans for the summer. You’ve been told your whole life that the choices you make each summer can affect college admissions. So for students who’ve enjoyed STEM classes in high school, it probably feels natural to look for an internship in a doctor’s office or a research lab. But thinking outside the box and choosing a non-STEM high school summer program can help STEM majors acquire some pretty amazing skills, which ultimately will help them in their chosen fields. Here are some benefits that come with choosing ...

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