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Category: Summer Programs

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 ...

Posted June 18, 2019, 3:09 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Summer Study

Summer is perfect for sleeping in, long days at the beach, and relaxing with friends. And you should definitely do those things. But with a little careful though, summer can also be a time for boosting your chances of getting in to your dream college. Even if you’re not heading in to your senior year, it is never too soon to build skills, pursue extracurricular activities, and discover more about who you are and what your want. Here are five ways to get started: Get a job This one may be a little obvious, but it is a traditional way ...

Posted June 15, 2019, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Summer Activities That Will Turn Admissions’ Heads

In today’s competitive college admissions market, students are faced with the task of setting themselves apart from other applicants. Colleges look for students who are dedicated to academics but they want to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. Admission officers look for those who demonstrate interesting and diverse qualities, not just those who spend 100 percent of their time studying. Colleges need and want students who are committed to activities that they are passionate about. The summer creates opportunities for students to demonstrate this quality, whether it's in a structured summer program for teenagers, or individually. The last thing you ...

Posted June 4, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Entrepreneurship

Whether you are still in high school or already deep in your college education, you’re almost certainly being bombarded by people asking what career you want to pursue and where you might want to get a job. And, to be sure, there are plenty of great companies to work for doing amazing things. For some people, though, the lure of entrepreneurship is strong. The reasons to consider starting your own venture are plentiful: the chance to create something from the ground up, to bring your own vision to life, to experience the exhilaration of success. And when you’re an entrepreneur ...

Posted May 17, 2019, 10 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Summer Jobs

It’s mid-May. You’re trying to find a job for the summer, or maybe an internship that will let you explore your career interests. With only a couple weeks until June, you think you might be running out of time. Fear not! There’s plenty of ways to still find employment and they’re easier than you might think. Apply yourself First off, apply. Apply! Apply! Apply! Walk into a business that interests you, that you can get to on a regular basis, or that you have the necessary experience for (even if it’s none), and just ask. I landed my first job ...

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: ...

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