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Posted Feb. 5, 2021, 12:22 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Soft skills were often overlooked in our pursuit for excellence. Grades, test scores, and "getting ahead" for the next school year is all parents and teens were told to focus on for a bright future. But as time goes on, colleges are emphasizing balance and well-rounded students. Universities want a unique narrative and something that makes the student stand out beyond good grades and perfect scores. What are some soft skills that now have more value than ever? Team-building Ability to tackle conflict (internal and external) Self-determination and tenacity Ability to form meaningful bonds with those around them One of ...

Posted Nov. 4, 2020, 2:07 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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November 4, 2020. TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement which began on October 1, 2020! Our joint mission in this effort is to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them. TeenLife has been a recognized resource in the high school space since 2008 and is known for building greater awareness of all sorts of meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students before they enter college. The GYA is likewise excited to connect with ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2020, 2:55 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Career Key and TeenLife Media Announce Partnership

November 3, 2020 Career Key and TeenLife Media are excited to announce a new partnership! As the industry leaders in career decision making and teen academic/enrichment experiences, we have teamed up to help students learn more about themselves via the Career Key Discovery Personality Assessment for Students, so they can find "best-fit" summer, school year, and gap experiences that prepare them for success in college and life beyond school. What TeenLife and Career Key Hope to Achieve Together Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu, CEO of Career Key, says: Experiential learning is a cornerstone of clarifying career interests in preparation for college and beyond. ...

Posted June 24, 2020, 2:30 p.m. by Jason Vallozzi | View Comments
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College admissions has always been overwhelming and stressful to families. There is a new level of college stress for families stemming from so much uncertainty for underclassmen students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, when will students be able to take the SAT or ACT test? Will colleges even require SAT or ACT scores? How will activities be viewed when we are practicing social distancing? When will campus visits resume? And most importantly, what should we be doing now for our college planning? How Can We Prepare for College During a Pandemic? I believe time is a sacred resource ...

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently live in unprecedented times. While it seems as though daily life has been temporarily placed on hold, there are still countless people who need help and a variety of online volunteer opportunities for high school students to get involved in giving back. Face masks and social distancing have replaced handshakes, hugs, and life as we once knew it. Now is as important a time as ever to implement ways to help those in need, regardless of how little it seems we can do from home. For those looking to aid their community and beyond ...

Posted May 20, 2020, 10:59 a.m. by Cynthia Bahmani | View Comments
11 Ideas to Feel Better Physical and Mentally

Are you bored to tears with SIP and miss breaking a sweat? Do you miss your athletics and feeling fit? Did you miss Prom or other school dances? In addition, to walking and biking, check out these eleven ways to stay fit indoors AND outdoors with the power of your favorite music pumping in your veins, and lighting up good endorphins in your brain! Here is a link to how music can lift your spirit and mood. Most ideas below are from your fellow teens: Find a FITNESS APP you like, such as Nike Training Club, PilatesAnytime, Peleton Fitness, Orange ...

Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
8 STEM Summer Programs That Are Just for High School Girls

Kate Ballantine, assistant professor in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, has a favorite memory from her years running a summer STEM program for girls. “My students were walking past the tennis camp to a field. We’re carrying all our equipment – all the science-y stuff. One of the tennis campers yells, ‘What are you guys doing?’ “One of my students said, ‘We’re scientists.’ She was just radiating with this sense of ‘this is who I am now.’” Ballantine’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program gives high school students a chance to do hands-on research in environmental restoration. Summer programs like ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
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The deadline is coming up fast, but if you’re a college-bound junior, you can still register for the Jan. 23 SAT – the last administration of the current version. But time is running short. The deadline for late registration is Jan.12. (https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates). A lot has been written about the new test and the changes that will make it more like the ACT: just two sections, no penalty for guessing, and an optional required essay. It draws a lot from the Common Core, emphasizing evidence-based understanding of texts, vocabulary and math skills. Not so many “gotcha” vocabulary words. But some experts ...

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Pomodoro: Work All Day Without Breaking a Sweat

Earlier I wrote a blog about the Unschedule – the best method to get started on your work without procrastinating. But what do you once you start working? Is there a tried-and-true method of using your time most efficiently? During my junior year in college, I discovered the Pomodoro Technique. It totally revolutionized my life. To this very day, I use Pomodoro whenever I have a big project to work on. Francesco Cirillo, the brains behind this productivity hack, decided to name his invention after the Italian word for tomato. When he first starting testing out his theory, the only ...

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Big Money Scholarships with December Deadlines

Winter break is approaching and if you need money for college, utilize that free time applying for scholarships—and not just any scholarships, big money scholarships. These 10 scholarships have mid- to late-December deadlines, giving you time to craft essays or meet other criteria, complete the applications, and apply. Who doesn’t want free money for college? Burger King Scholars Program Amount: Up to $50,000 Description: This program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 planning to enroll full-time, without interruption, for ...

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