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Category: Summer Programs

Posted May 14, 2019, 3:10 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
High achieving boys

A new study suggests exposure to high-achieving boys can erode girls' achievements and confidence, especially in STEM subjects. Buy why? And what can we do about it? Once upon a time, girls weren’t expected to learn much in school. The only reason for a girl to go to college, the thinking went, was to meet a potential husband. Thankfully, these backwards notions have all but disappeared from most corners of our society. And changing attitudes have in turn led to greater educational opportunities for girls and women. Women graduate four-year colleges at higher rates than men, according to the National ...

Posted May 3, 2019, 10:38 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Programs

It’s May. And soon enough it will be June, then the last day of school, and then… what? If studying and sports and community service have taken up so much of your attention that you haven’t given a thought to summer yet, you needn’t worry. Yes, you’ve missed the deadlines for some of the more competitive summer programs, and a few others may be close to selling out. But if you start researching and applying now, there are still lots of great options for summer programs that can take you into depths of the human brain, the details of architectural ...

Posted April 30, 2019, 10:25 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Teenager shaking hands

High school is a great place to learn about congruent triangles, the Battle of Bunker Hill, or the differences between DNA and RNA. And when it’s going well, you can also learn a lot about analytical thinking, teamwork, and study skills. But there are some things that are better learned outside of the classroom: Professional etiquette, money management, resilience, and a whole host of other life skills can best be practiced and developed out in the real world. Develop life skills over the summer Summer, when sports practices and homework are on hold, is the perfect time to work on ...

Posted April 12, 2019, 1 p.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Computer coding

When I decided to be an English major in college, a lot of people told me I was crazy. They’d ask, “What do you want to do with your life?” I didn’t know; I just liked books and writing. As time went on, I realized that course after course full of non-stop essays was giving me a skill students outside of my major lacked: written communication. More specifically, academic papers taught me how to change up syntax, engage with new ideas, and mae thoughtful arguments instead of summaries. What does this have to do with coding? Not to be cheesy, ...

Posted March 19, 2019, 8 a.m. by Jason Patel | View Comments
choosing summer program

You might be thinking, “Why would I want to go to an academic summer program?” School will be out and you’d probably prefer to spend your summer at the beach catching up on Netflix shows with your friends. Still, there are several reasons signing up for a summer program is worth your time. High school summer programs usually take place on college campuses, with participants sleeping in dorm rooms. These summer programs are available in just about every area of study: creative writing, international diplomacy, engineering, medicine, environmental studies, foreign languages, drama, and many more. Benefits of summer programs include: ...

Posted Feb. 21, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
mixed group of teenagers in a circle outside

An overnight summer program, whether on a college campus or at a camp, can be an awesome experience for teenagers. They get a chance to meet new people and try new things or get better at the things they love to do. But... Teenagers, being teenagers, often test the boundaries. That’s especially true because overnight summer programs are often the first place they get a chance to be out of the reach of their parents and to just be themselves. Before your child goes off to camp or a pre-college program, have a discussion about what you and your child ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
STEM summer program

Whether you’re completely set on pursuing an engineering degree, wavering between biology and art history, or just curious what oceanography is all about, the summer is the perfect time to turn your STEM daydreams into a reality. But why should you skip the summer job or the chance to hang out with your friends for a STEM program? Consider these benefits: 1. Have an adventure Many summer STEM programs give students the opportunity to explore with the eyes of a scientist. So you won’t just be going somewhere new, you will be learning to see it in a new way. ...

Posted Jan. 12, 2019, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Wake Forest University: Lydia Richard

Lydia Richard spent part of her summer studying sports marketing in Wake Forest’s Summer Immersion Program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? When I saw the information on this camp, I knew that it would broaden my knowledge about the things I love. The things I love include watching sports, playing sports, and meeting new people. I also wanted to be a part of something where I would meet new people and make new friendships. Friendships allow you to make memories and learn the experiences of others throughout everyone’s lives. How did you decide which program ...

Posted Jan. 9, 2019, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Diverse group of four teenagers sitting on porch of summer camp cabin

There are so many things teenagers need to learn that will not come from come from books or a classroom teacher or even sports: How to be a good friend. How to have confidence. How to take positive risks. How to pay attention to the present. How to ignore ridicule. How to advocate for yourself. How to have empathy for others. It’s nice think that parents teach many of those “soft” skills. But, as parents we are often painfully aware that we are the last people on earth our teens want to hear from now. So where can middle- and ...

Posted Jan. 5, 2019, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Andover Summer: Matthias Reichard

Matthias Reichard spent part of his summer at Andover Summer at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program and what made you choose Andover Summer? I chose Andover Summer for one big reason: academic excellence, in every sense of the word – whether in its teachers, classes or students. Coming from Germany, I was looking for a program that would challenge me, while also providing an opportunity to connect with students from all over the world. The stories I heard from my older brother were enough to convince me to apply, and ...

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