TeenLife Blog

Supporting teen success, one post at a time

Author: Janice Haller

Janice Haller-profile-picture

Janice is the TeenLife Content Manager and has years of experience, covering a wide range of topics related to education, academia, and issues/concerns related to teens.

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 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 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 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 ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2021, 12:05 p.m. by Janice Haller | View Comments
robotics career

What is Robotics? Robotics is the field of study with the unique intersection of computer science and engineering; where robots perform tasks to help or replace humans. Whether it’s assembling cars, loading trucks, or venturing into areas that are dangerous to human life, robots have made our lives easier and safer. You might have seen videos of the robots from Boston Dynamics dancing, traveling through complicated terrain, or pulling a delivery truck. Their dog and human-like robots (as they are often described) are funny to watch but also impressive. While these robots would make eye catching backup dancers, they can ...