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Category: Summer Programs

Posted Jan. 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MassArt Summer Studio: Brianna Florio

Brianna Florio spent part of her summer in the Summer Studios program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Why did you choose to participate in Summer Studios? I knew I wanted to do a pre-college program, but I didn’t think I’d ever be able to because of money. My junior year I discovered MassArt, filled out the application for Summer Studios and was awarded a scholarship for the program! I knew I wanted to go to art school my whole life but had never had proper art classes because I couldn’t afford them. How did you decide ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 8 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
American University: Sami Pye

Sami Pye spent part of her summer in Washington, D.C., with American University’s Discover the World of Communication program. How did you find out about AU’s Discover the World program? I discovered DWC in the middle of the night surfing the web during my sophomore year. I had spent several summers at traditional sleep-away camps, and while I loved being away from my normal life during the summer months, the activities never clicked with me. I wanted to find a program with activities specific to my interests. I know many people do pre-college programs with their future secondary education in ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 4 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
EF International Language Centers: Amanda Barger

Amanda Barger spent part of her summer in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, with EF International Language Centers. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I knew that an overnight program in a foreign country was exactly what I wanted to do. I knew that seeing all aspects of life in another country would be beneficial to my learning experience. I believe that experiencing everything from breakfast to a midday snack to dinner is essential to learning about the people and culture of a country. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I knew ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Travel For Teens: Taleen Cochran

Taleen Cochran spent part of her summer in Italy with Travel for Teens. Why did you decide to participate in an overnight summer program? Traveling is incredibly important to me because I feel like there is so much to learn from each destination you visit. It broadens horizons and encourages independence and quick-thinking, which are all important traits to have. I have always loved to travel, so in the winter of 2017 when I heard that a few of my friends were going to be going to Spain for a couple weeks over summer, I was immediately intrigued. My older ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Emory University Pre-College: Claudia Michaels

Claudia Michaels spent part of her summer at Emory University in Atlanta. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? I decided to participate in a summer program the summer before my junior year of high school. I was just starting to really think about college and thought it would be helpful to get a feel for what college is like. I wanted to try out living in a dorm, eating at a dining hall, and going to a college class. I was also interested in global health and wanted to explore that field of study since it ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 10 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Global Routes: Livie Nute

Livie Nute spent part of her summer with Global Routes in Nepal. Why did you decide to go on an overnight summer program? I had always wanted to go on a big summer adventure. I also knew that I wanted to go on an out-of-the-country trip, having traveled with my family a lot. I sought the opportunity to engage with cultures and people independently. What made you choose Global Routes Nepal? I wanted a hands on community service trip, where I would get to immerse myself in a new culture filled with unique opportunity. When I saw that the Global ...

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Cross Cultural  Solutions: Kayla Eason

Kayla Eason went to Ghana and spent part of her summer as a teen volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions. Why did you choose to participate in a teen volunteer program abroad? I was sitting in homeroom one day and my teacher presented this opportunity. I said, “Why not?” as I’ve never been to another country. I love volunteering and working with people, so Cross Cultural Solutions sounded like the perfect note. How did you decide which program was right for you? I had five choices of programs, and this sounded like a great program to learn about myself and culture. ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Launch Generation: Savina Charlier

Savina Charlier spent part of her summer in a financial literacy and entrepreneurship program at Launch Generation. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnightCamp? I wanted to gain knowledge and experience in the business field, meet new personalities and create lasting memories. Launch Generation was the perfect program for me because it checked all of these boxes and more! I had such a life-changing and formational 11 days with new friends, mentors, advisors, and teachers, and I left with not only the knowledge I had hoped to gain but also the confidence that ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
George Washington University: Madison Gore

Madison Gore spent part of her summer in George Washington University’s Pre-College Program. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? Choosing what to do for the summer before entering my senior year was a difficult decision. I wanted to go away from home, so that way by the time I would enter college, I would be used to being away, and would gain a sense of independence. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I was looking for a program that had strong academics, but also would allow me to have fun. ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Boston Leadership Institute: Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann spent part of his summer taking a course through Boston Leadership Institute. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM summer program? I have always been fascinated by genetics and the tools scientists use to modify genes. The introductory genetics lessons in the Biological Research course at Boston Leadership Institute gave me a good background which made me feel more confident as we moved further along into the more difficult and advanced topics How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I have eclectic interests which bridge many branches of STEM, but I knew ...

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