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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 ...

Posted Aug. 14, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Leaving for College

Having a daughter who was already an emotional basket case made the summer before college a stressful time in our house. She had a new boyfriend whom she did not want to leave. She had never been away from home for an extended period of time. Packing was quite the disaster as she wanted to take every single item in her room to college and I kept telling her to pare it down. Tempers flared, her emotions were all over the place, and when the day finally came, the reality of the change weighed heavy on both our hearts. Parents ...

Posted Aug. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
texting and driving

Let’s just pretend for a moment you are driving down a busy highway going, say, 55 miles mph. And now let’s pretend I ask you to close your eyes for at least five seconds – or about the time it would take you to go the length of a football field. That would be insane, right? Startling statistics on texting while driving Well, according to a 2009 U.S. government report, that’s about how long your eyes are away from the road when you check a text and drive. And a 2013 Virginia Tech survey found that you could be distracted ...

Posted Sept. 27, 2014, 11 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
performing and visual arts colleges from teenlife

TeenLife is pleased to announce the publication of the fourth annual 2014 TeenLife Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges in partnership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). With more than 350 colleges listed both alphabetically and geographically by region among its 100 pages, this handy guide is truly a “must-read” for all parents, students, and educators researching colleges that offer majors in performing and/or visual arts. The guide also provides a list of the 20 NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fairs taking place across the country from September to November. The guide is available in ...

Posted Sept. 26, 2014, 3:51 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Skills Workshops for College Students and High School Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores

The Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program will be hosting an event, “Skills Workshops for College Students and High School Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores” on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There is also a session for parents from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Skills Needed for Academic Success The purpose of this workshop is to provide concrete skills needed for academic success for post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school juniors, juniors, and sophomores from underrepresented populations in medicine and science. Topics Will Include: Application process for medical/graduate/professional schools Application process for college ...

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