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Category: Summer Programs

Posted Dec. 3, 2019, 1:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Wellesley Pre-College Exploratory Workshop Audrey DiMarco Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Wellesley College has been on my radar since the beginning of high school, and Wellesley’s Pre-College Summer Program was the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a college setting for a week. I got a feel for the campus, took a class, learned more about the school, explored Boston, and had fun with new friends. How did you decide which program was right for you? While all the options were interesting, I chose the Exploratory Workshop because it included a Leadership Course. This taught ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2019, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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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 Nov. 25, 2019, 10:59 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Gillian Dixon Class of 2020 Elizabeth Seton High School. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Being my last summer as a high school student, I decided to make the best use possible of it with that being to spend my summer preparing for demanding collegiate life head-on at one of the world’s most renowned universities in the Nation’s Capital. How did you decide which program was right for you? Upon choosing a program, I was immediately drawn to Georgetown’s great variety of options. Georgetown offers an array of programs ranging from one-week seminars to five weeks ...

Posted Nov. 18, 2019, 2 p.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
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There are many reasons why your middle school child might benefit from participating in a summer program. Perhaps they are struggling with school work, or conversely, excelling in a certain subject. They may be talented on the sports field, or alternatively, require some help and motivation to lose weight. Whatever your child’s specific requirements, summer programs offer a whole host of benefits, some life-long. The Benefits of Summer Programs for Middle-Schoolers Summer Programs Broaden Your Child’s Horizons. One thing that summer programs have resounding success at, is broadening children’s horizons. Whether it is at a residential stay for several weeks, ...

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
Summer

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 ...

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