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Posted Sept. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

It’s the land of Shakespeare, Shaw, Pinter, and, most recently, Agbaje. Why wouldn’t someone interested in the stage want to study in London? We asked the experts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama why American students might pass on New York or Los Angeles to head across the pond. Central has 17 different full-time undergraduate courses covering not just acting but every aspect of technical theater, theater education and writing for performance. It accepts students from all backgrounds and nationalities and actors train in a community that mimics what they will experience in the industry. (Pinter, by the ...

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
financial aid

Parents and students are always looking for ways to pay the least amount of money for college. It’s even more important as costs keep rising and students face increasing student debt loads. The 2013 Project on Student Debt found that 69 percent of all students graduating from four-year public and private nonprofit colleges had student loan debt averaging $28,400. But, how do you find colleges with the best financial aid? To begin, look at the data and compare. Then, search for colleges that offer free tuition. Finally, look at colleges that promise to meet 100 percent of a student’s financial ...

Posted Sept. 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Bergin | View Comments
when your passion isn't your career

I have realized that my artistic passion will not be my career. And I’m OK with that. Let me start with two points, for anyone who reads this and thinks, “Well, I guess all those years of lessons / classes / workshops / masterclasses / ensembles are a total waste because this (hopefully) relatable 21-year-old tells me they are in his eloquently worded article.” First, if that’s what you take away from this, you’re not reading this correctly. No part of this article is meant to attack the pursuit of an artistic passion as a career. I envy that pursuit, ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
AP US History Exam

Last year, College Board rolled out its new Advanced Placement U.S. History exam. This move prompted a wave of criticism from teachers all around the country. Many complained that the new AP history curriculum focused too heavily on “alternative narratives” instead of telling the true (a k a old white male) story of our proud nation. I won't say a lot here other than that view sounds a bit too much like Arizona (no, not the tea). Others, however, offered a more legitimate critique: College Board simply wasn't providing enough resources for students to succeed on this new exam. Teachers, ...

Posted Sept. 11, 2015, 8 a.m. by Alex Thaler | View Comments
college application apps

Fzzzztt! Sparks are flying out of my computer like it’s the Fourth of July and after a few seconds the plastic around the keyboard begins to transform into a molten soup of graphite-colored pudding. I work with high school seniors and counselors. As my laptop spirals down into an epic – and literal – meltdown, I can’t help but wonder what this sort of catastrophe would have meant for the college applicants of the past (i.e. before the year 2000). It would have been horrendous. Fortunately, the advent of cloud-based apps has solved the fried-laptop problem, as well as the ...

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
support LGBT

In eighth grade, my history teacher told the class that he believed gay and transgender people could not lead productive and successful lives in the "real world" due to such "alternative lifestyles,” and that they would all end up in hell. (There was much gasping from the naive middle school class.) This was after I placed a notecard on my desk about supporting LGBT+ people on The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual "Day of Silence" to combat bullying and the silence that LGBT+ youth face and express when bullied. That teacher’s words played a huge part in hindering ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
high school and college relationships

I know from experience that the transition from high school to college can be a challenge for relationships. If one of you is going out of state for college, staying in contact and remaining close will be especially difficult. My girlfriend and I went to high school together in California. I applied to colleges all around the country, and eventually selected Northeastern University in Boston. We dated long-distance for a few months, but we eventually decided to end the relationship. Deciding to go into a long-distance relationship was a big decision for both of us. It changed my entire experience ...

Posted Aug. 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Bergin | View Comments
make a big campus feel small

I go to a big school. No, really. With an average undergraduate population of 40,000, I go to a BIG school. That sort of number can sometimes frighten people and make them think like this: “How will I make any close friends when there are so many people?” “Will I lose myself in a sea of faces?” “Do any of my social choices have any true bearing or will they be forgotten like the hundreds of other people who’ve made those same choices in the past?” So let me provide you with a short list for how to make a ...

Posted Aug. 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
save your money

Wouldn’t it be nice if mom and dad were walking ATM machines? Sadly, you have to always be asking for money, learning to live on your allowance, or trying to figure out how to make your paycheck stretch to save for college and buy those concert tickets. And, no matter how you get your spending money, blowing every penny of it leaves you broke when something special comes along, doesn’t do much to impress your parents and is a bad life skill. So here are three tips to help you have something to spend on Friday night - and have ...

Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 8 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
teaching resilience

While “self-esteem” was the phrase that guided parents 20 years ago, “grit” and “resilience” will likely be the words that echo in your adolescent’s ears – and yours. So which is it? Do we tell kids how great they are at every endeavor or let them fail and advise them to learn from the experience and toughen up? Helping kids gain confidence and value themselves is not a bad idea if it is genuine but self-worth comes most directly and meaningfully from hard work and persistence, some experts say. It looks like we’ve learned that telling children they are wonderful ...

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