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Posted July 19, 2021, 2 p.m. by Chris Teare | View Comments
A Male and Female College Student Attend A Lecture With Other Students

When I was a college counselor in the Virgin Islands, I brought my students stateside to visit campuses. I thought it was a college tour. They showed me that it was also a shopping mall tour. In their honor, and for TeenLife, I offer a metaphor: selecting a college is going shopping in the biggest mall you’ve ever seen. You need to be in the right store to find the right item at the right price, one that fits, wears well, and will be worth it in the future. The mistake some young people—and parents—make is wanting the brand name ...

Posted July 12, 2021, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Five teenage students prepare for college around a circular table

10 Resources To Help You Prepare For College Admissions Applying to college can be one of the most stressful parts of a teenager's life. Deadlines, essays and financial considerations are just a few of the things that make the college admissions experience a difficult one, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that lots of teens have to do it while balancing their high school responsibilities at the same time. It’s difficult, for teens as well as parents, to make it through the college application process without a high amount of stress. Luckily though, there are lots of amazing resources ...

Posted June 30, 2021, 1:44 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
gap year

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in so many ways. Adults began to work from home and students (and their families) took on the challenge of remote/virtual schooling. Universities and colleges closed campuses to protect their staff, faculty, and students, which led many incoming freshmen wondering if starting school in the fall was the right step. College tuition was still full price but without any in-person classes, amenities, or excitement of on-campus classes and living, so is this the right time to take on so much debt? Instead, students are now considering alternatives, like working for a year or taking ...

Posted June 24, 2021, 1:38 p.m. by Matthew Carpenter | View Comments
college financial aid

With Fall just around the corner, incoming high school seniors are beginning their preparations for the college application process. Students will soon begin to narrow down their list of top schools to apply to, take note of college application due dates, and start completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS Profile). College financial concerns and budgeting are one of the biggest hurdles they will face. Ahead of pressing the send button on a school application, here are four common financial mistakes college-bound students and families make that you should avoid: Mistake ...

Posted June 7, 2021, 3:10 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
summer programs

Had enough of the same routine? Whether it’s distance learning, socially distanced visits with friends, or missing out on that special summer adventure, most of us can agree: it’s time for a change. If you want to spend your summer coding, learning a new language, or embracing your inner-self, then check out some of these (still open) summer programs we list below. We went further to break them down by category and whether they are in-person, virtual, or both. A Bit of Everything Academics Arts Business Career Exploration Community Service Language Leadership Mental Health & Well-Being STEM Writing and Journalism ...

Posted June 7, 2021, 1:52 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
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As the world of education goes increasingly virtual, events and fairs are too. This is great news for families with teens because there is no travel involved - and most of these virtual events are free to attend by parents and students. Our team at TeenLife is on the lookout and will share the most interesting fairs, panel discussions, webinars that are taking place in the weeks and months ahead in this blog. Be sure to bookmark this post! We will also share a link in our monthly newsletter, so sign up if you are not already on our email ...

Posted June 3, 2021, 10 a.m. by Dr. Aviva Legatt | View Comments
how to pick a college

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on college admissions and May 1’s National Decision Day, with selective colleges shutting out thousands more qualified applicants this year, longer than ever college waitlists, and a sense of unknown regarding on-campus safety in the wake of Covid-19. In my recent conversation with Leslie Davidson, vice president for enrollment at Beloit College on my podcast, College Admissions Real Talk, we shared strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time. Q: What are some strategies for students to pick a college during this unprecedented time? A: Davidson suggests looking up the campus’s Covid-19 ...

Posted May 28, 2021, 11:29 a.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
fall gap year

Gap programs have been gaining in popularity among rising college freshmen ever since COVID-19 forced colleges to go online, and the prospect of potentially losing that in-person, freshman year experience became real. Fortunately, gap programs have been quick to adapt. The “gap” usually refers to a year but now gap programs can run for a few weeks, three months, a semester, or an academic year. Since COVID-19, many more online programs have cropped up. A “gap year program” is now a catch-all term that gives high school graduates a chance to choose an option that fits their schedule and budget, ...

Posted May 18, 2021, 1:45 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
MCAD student testimonial

Jamie Kubat, Student at Minneapolis College of Art and Design How did you discover your passion for creating? My passion for creating started out when I was pretty young with a drive to make things, to know how the world works, and to tell stories. I didn’t understand why I wanted any of these things at the time but I knew I had to follow that instinct. I’m thankful that I’ve been supported in doing that. Since being at MCAD, I’ve been able to understand the why better–art and making enable me to reach others, create space for healing, and ...

Posted May 7, 2021, 2 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
virtual summer

This year, we launched our new virtual summer fairs to give students and organizations the chance to connect no matter the obstacles (distance, time, cost, or a pandemic). Our summer fairs occurred in December 2020, February 2021, March 2021, and April 2021. Over the four fairs, we had 44 organizations give brief presentations on their unique summer opportunities. TeenLife LIVE: December 2020 Virtual Summer Opportunities Fair Our first info session saw six organizations (with links to the programs they were promoting): Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) Loyola Marymount University: Pre-College Summer Programs Watson Institute LanguageBird Boston Leadership Institute UC San ...

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