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Category: Summer Programs

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 ...

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 ...

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