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Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How To Do OK On The Sports Team If You’re Not A Natural Athlete

If you don’t like playing sports or don’t feel exceptionally good at them, then mandatory participation - true at many high schools - can be your worst nightmare. That’s especially true if your school doesn’t offer an easy out like walking (yes, my high school had this as a “sports” option). The fear of stepping up to bat or putting on a lacrosse mask might every day be your idea of the worst ever. Even if you’re not looking forward to the season, here are a few tips to help you do an OK job and maybe even grow to ...

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is the New Coalition Application Revolutionary or Inequitable

The members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success have announced their new college application, hosted by 83 colleges collaborating with CollegeNet. These colleges believe that all students should have college access and there should be another way to apply other than the current generic online college applications or Common Applicaton. What is this Coalition? The coalition was conceived when problems with the Common App surfaced in the fall of 2013. The glitches complicated the submission process for students and college admission officers. Students were unable to submit their applications on time and colleges complained about the technological failure. ...

Posted Oct. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Sarah Lundrum | View Comments
internship interview tips

You’re taking the right courses, studying for the SATs, getting involved in the right programs, so what else is there to do? Why not take the skills you've learned in school and apply it to a real-world setting? High school internships – even unpaid ones – will give you the experience you need for college, the working world and beyond. They are a great way to build your high school resume. Just how will you prove to employers that you're the perfect fit for for a a high school internship? Ask yourself these questions to get prepared: 1. Are your ...

Posted Oct. 15, 2015, 2:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Stay organized for college with Pinterest

Pinterest is the perfect platform for keeping the college search organized. Since you always have your smartphone available, using an app to stay organized makes perfect sense. First, if you’re not on Pinterest, you need to join. It’s painless and just takes a few minutes. If your preferred photo playform is Instagram, you can easily pin the photos you take on to a Pinterest board. Next, create the boards. Here’s a list of boards that will help you keep all your college search interests organized: Boards for each college Set up separate boards for each college that interests you. Search ...

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
4 tips for writing a research paper

In 10th grade, I took AP World History and had to write my very first major research paper. I was overwhelmed and stressed out of my mind. How would I possibly get the required 15 sources about Fidel Castro’s early political philosophy? I soon found out, however, that the research process is actually quite straightforward if you have a process. 1) Pick a great topic This seems like a moot point, but it’s really not. Picking an appropriate topic is essential: not too broad, not too narrow. If you decide to research an overly narrow topic such as, “The significance ...

Posted Oct. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
science scholarship dosomething.org

Use your phone and your Sherlock Holmes sleuthing skills to solve a mystery, enter a contest for a $10,000 scholarship, and help a classroom spread the message of STEM. Why’s everyone so worried about science, technology, engineering, and math? For starters, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM, according to the U.S. government. But it turns out gender has lot to do with who might be filling those jobs. When the National Science Foundation asked fourth-graders in 2007 if they liked science and math, 68 percent of ...

Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 8 a.m. by Zachary Bernstein | View Comments
Leadership Lessons from New York Jets

If you’re in high school, you never know where the most valuable lessons will come from. I launched the High School Leadership Academy to give New York metro area students practical leadership training by connecting them with officials and executives in a variety of industries. Our first meeting was with six top executives from the New York Jets, including the football team’s president, Neil Glat. Here are six pieces of advice we gained from the Jets executives about leadership: A lot of “A” students fail to succeed because they don’t know how to be effective when dealing with people. By ...

Posted Oct. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Cutting College Costs

When you think about college costs, you automatically think about tuition, room, and board. But once you’ve paid the college for these expenses, there are countless other expenses that can add up and increase your college costs. Want to save money and lower your costs? Try these 10 tips: 1. Get the smaller meal plan Colleges automatically include a three-meal plan when figuring your college costs. But the reality is that most students rarely eat three meals a day. You can save a good amount of money by decreasing the plan to two meals. When my daughter went to college ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lindsey Stahley | View Comments
community service

Admissions officers are looking more and more closely at extracurricular activities and leadership skills when evaluating college applicants. So, high school community service can be critical. But before you start accumulating hours for all sorts of miscellaneous things, know that college admissions staff are not just looking for a high number of hours. Community service needs to be the right kind of work and you need to be doing it for the right reasons. // Colleges put a premium on teen community service. They also like students who approach this work with passion and authenticity. Basically, this means a college ...

Posted Sept. 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
scholarship search

For college-bound students, scholarships can fill in the gap between what you can afford and the cost of the school. Most students believe scholarships are a pipe dream if they aren’t athletes or 4.0 students. But nothing could be further from the truth. There are thousands of scholarships available for the taking. You just need to find them. There are six key places to look. But remember: Finding them is half the battle. You have to put in the effort to apply and be vigilant in paying attention to requirements and deadlines. 1. Search Locally Beat the scholarship odds by ...

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