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Author: Nicolaus Jannasch

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Posted July 19, 2017, 4 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
10 Essentials To Take on A Gap Year (and one not to)

Are you considering a gap year? A little time away from school (for most students, the first time since kindergarten!) is a great opportunity to get outside the United States, meet different people and learn about completely different cultures. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself and have time to think about who you want to become! You can wander the globe during your gap year, join a structured gap year program, take part in a summer program for high school students, or live with a foreign family in a homestay. No matter which course you choose, you will change ...

Posted June 13, 2017, noon by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Have you been looking at overseas volunteer opportunities for teens? Many high school students do community service activities in foreign countries because it allows them to see a new part of the world, experience some independence, and help others, all at the same time. Why Do Community Service? For starters, it feels good. Being able to do something that makes a real difference in someone else’s life and the world is incredibly rewarding. Volunteering also gives you a chance to explore an interest, practice your language skills or travel in an area of the world that intrigues you. Taking part ...

Posted May 18, 2017, 5:05 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

I loved anatomy when I was in high school. It was so interesting to learn about all of the bones and muscles in my body. It was my favorite STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) class. Perhaps anatomy is already your favorite science class or you’re thinking about exploring it in a STEM summer program. Either way, it’s a good path to one of these careers: 1. Prosthetist Do you like to help people? There are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have lost a limb. Designing the replacements that they desperately need and helping them get ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 10:24 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Do you like understanding how and why rockets work? Do you love the challenge of solving a complicated engineering problem? Are you curious about the underlying laws of the universe? If you find all of these activities fun and you’re able to wrap your mind around complicated questions, then you might want to put your knowledge of physics to use as an adult. Here are a few career paths to consider and possibly to try out in a teen summer program. 1. Civil Engineer Do you care about your local town? You could be a leader helping to revitalize the ...

Posted April 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Do you enjoy math? Are you a quick thinker able to handle complex problems in your head while working towards a solution? If so, your love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can make you stand out among job applicants. And there are lots of STEM summer programs and STEM colleges where you can explore your love of numbers. Here are a few careers to consider if you’re that student who enjoys reading ahead in your math textbook and solving practice equations before your teacher goes over the material. 1. Insurance Actuary Actuaries work for insurance companies. They calculate ...

Posted March 21, 2017, 1:26 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

I remember going to summer camp when I was a teenager. It was a great time to meet new people, try new things, and get away from home for a while! We lived in cabins in the redwood forests of California, ate in the camp’s mess hall at long tables, and took part in activities like archery and a ropes course in the trees. I enjoyed my time, but I was also nervous. I didn’t know anyone and I hadn’t spent much time away from home before then. The good news is, I didn’t need to be nervous, and neither ...

Posted March 16, 2017, 12:49 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Chemistry is one of the most incredible fields of study today. For thousands of years, alchemists attempted to turn lead into gold. Spells, incantations, and ground-up leaves were the most trusted medication. Over the past 150 years the field of chemistry has (literally) exploded, causing waves of change in every aspect of society. If you love chemistry, you are incredibly lucky. Your timing couldn’t be better for an exciting, fulfilling, world-altering career. Chemistry touches every aspect of human life today, from how we live, work, heal, fly, and even travel into space. If you love chemistry, you can explore the ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2017, 3:43 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

If you’re heading off to boarding school, you may have mixed feelings. You may be excited to make new friends, get out of the house, and spend time away from your parents. You may also be nervous to take on so much responsibility for yourself so far away from your home, family and friends. You may be wondering what boarding school is like and whether you will fit in. Whether you’re ready to go or are dragging your feet, think of boarding school as an adventure. Most teenagers won’t experience this much independence until they go to college. With smaller ...

Posted June 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
9 Tips for Teens Going Overseas for the First Time

Are you going on a high school overseas travel program this summer or perhaps taking a full gap year to explore? If so, good for you! Leaving home can be scary but it’s also an exciting opportunity. You may never have traveled outside the country. You might think it’s dangerous and risky. You also might be really, really excited! Only about 45 percent of Americans have a passport, according to the travel site, TheExpeditioner. It’s too bad. You mature a lot when you travel and you become more responsible. Oh, and you also have lots of fun and bring back ...

Posted June 3, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things to Help Teens Moving to a New Town this Summer

For teens in high school, moving is hard. Social situations are already stressful enough, and just as you’re getting comfortable around a group of friends you have to transition to a new school and town where you need to start all over again. But by being outgoing, open to new adventures and discovering ways to connect with your new community, you can start to feel at home. I had a friend in high school whose family was moving all the time, he had lived in four different states between first and 11th grade! Interestingly, he seemed to take it very ...

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