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Posted Nov. 12, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
5 Unusual Questions to Ask on a College Visit

If you visit a college, take the tour. Tour guides will give you basic information, show you around the campus, and answer typical questions regarding class size, student activities, and more. But beyond the typical questions, parents and students should ask some probing ones that dig deep into how the college sees, values, and serves its students. Here are five questions to ask on a college visit. If the tour guide can’t answer them, ask to be directed to someone who can. 1. Are freshmen classes taught by teaching assistants? Many of the larger universities use teaching assistants in their ...

Posted Nov. 10, 2015, 9 a.m. by Britni de la Cretaz | View Comments
Street Harassment: Compliment or Something More Dangerous?

What is street harassment? Street harassment is a form of harassment that happens in public space. It can happen when you’re walking down the street, riding the subway, or hanging out in a coffee shop. It can happen in the hallway at school or while you’re riding your bike. It ranges from catcalling (“Hey, baby!”), whistling, staring, and stalking to more physical violence like groping or flashing (when someone exposes themselves in public). Everyone experiences street harassment differently. For example, maybe you don’t think that strangers telling you they like your hair is harassment, but your friend does. That’s OK! ...

Posted Nov. 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Monica Fuglei | View Comments
From STEM to STEAM: How arts add depth to STEM learning

Several years ago, in a dim coffee shop, I was trying to explain Coulomb’s law of electrostatic interaction to a fellow poet. He couldn’t understand my fascination with physics, so I tried to explain it to him using the language we shared: poetry. The result was a series of poems based on physics concepts: Coulomb’s law, Total Energy, and even Einstein’s quantum theory. Scientific language was rich with metaphors and images that helped expand my poetry, and as I wrote, I deepened my understanding of the principles of physics as well. And for him, finally couched in a love poem, ...

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 ...

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