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Posted Feb. 23, 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 Feb. 22, 2021, 2:28 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year? Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category. What Do We Mean by Popular? We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website. We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category. The Top 100 Most Popular Summer ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2021, 12:05 p.m. by TeenLife | 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 ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2021, 12:44 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments
high school senior

The COVID-19 pandemic has stripped millions of high school students of important adolescent milestones. Too many, milestones such as prom and graduation serve as a rite of passage into adulthood; they are culminations of almost twelve years of intense, academic work. Being in the graduating Class of 2020, I went through feelings of disappointment, despondency, separation, and loss when I was stripped of my senior spring last May. There was truly nothing I could do to ameliorate the distressing state of the world; for the first time in my entire life, I felt like nothing was in my control. In ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2021, 12:31 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Program

After years and years of constant schooling, sometimes you just need a break. A break from books, teachers, and homework assignments, with a chance to explore the world outside the classroom. A gap year -- a year between high school and college dedicated to work, travel, or service -- might be what you’re looking for. And to help you explore the possibilities a gap year can offer, we are proud to announce TeenLife’s 2021 Guide to Gap Year Programs, newly updated with even more program offerings. Download the guide to learn about the basics of planning a gap year, get ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2021, 12:22 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Soft skills were often overlooked in our pursuit for excellence. Grades, test scores, and "getting ahead" for the next school year is all parents and teens were told to focus on for a bright future. But as time goes on, colleges are emphasizing balance and well-rounded students. Universities want a unique narrative and something that makes the student stand out beyond good grades and perfect scores. What are some soft skills that now have more value than ever? Team-building Ability to tackle conflict (internal and external) Self-determination and tenacity Ability to form meaningful bonds with those around them One of ...

Posted Jan. 27, 2021, 11:58 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pacific Lutheran University

Morgan Roberts Pacific Lutheran University: School of Arts & Communication How did you discover your passion for the arts? I discovered my love for music and theatre as an elementary school aged kid involved in various musical theatre programs. My high school put a lot of heart into their musicals and it was through my experiences and mentorships there that I realized the depth of my interest in musical theatre. After my senior year musical I received the 5th Avenue Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and was sent to the Jimmy Awards in New York City, which gave me ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2021, 12:27 p.m. by James Goldsmith | View Comments
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No matter the subject that you are studying, exams are going to be important. They show just how well you have studied, learnt and taken in all the things that have been covered in your course. This means that exams are often seen as a time of pressure, of feeling that you need to really try the best that you can. Whilst having this drive is an ideal way to push you forward, it can be an overwhelming and stressful time. That said, you can take steps to make your exams that little bit easier to manage. To help you ...

Posted Jan. 11, 2021, 2:30 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
gap year beijing

CET Academic Programs Clara Grillo Gap at CET Beijing, 2019 Why did you choose to participate in a gap program? I chose to participate in a gap program not only to improve my Chinese language ability but also to deepen my understanding of another country’s culture and life. I knew an intensive and immersive language program would give me a structured way to learn about another country, make meaningful friendships, and also experience things I had never had the opportunity to experience before. How did you decide which gap program was right for you? I decided on CET Beijing because ...

Posted Jan. 8, 2021, 2:25 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
online learning

Online schooling has been a tumultuous experience for parents, students, and teachers alike. For almost a year now, schools have been scrambling to find the right balance between safety and an effective education. With COVID-19 cases rising and the vaccine rollout slower than anticipated, it does seem like online learning is here to stay. After school activities and clubs are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Parents and students can take comfort in the fact that, aside from keeping their loved ones safe, many amazing courses and enrichment opportunities are now offered online. Programs that would otherwise require traveling, ...

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