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Posted Sept. 3, 2021, noon by USA Science & Engineering Festival | View Comments
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“Very interesting and cool... I want to get my degree in mechanical engineering or materials joining engineering, but this expanded my horizon on options. Thank y'all for a fun AND educational video series.”- Student from Texas “X-STEM provided a unique and engaging career exploration week for students. We can't wait for the next experience!” - Educator from Illinois Not only do most STEM careers represent the jobs of the future, but statistically entry level STEM jobs pay 26% more than other college degree required entry level jobs. In addition, STEM fields tend to have more job opportunities for qualified applicants ...

Posted Sept. 1, 2021, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Rachel Munoz - Viterbo University Theatre & Music Theatre Department Why did you choose to attend Viterbo University and why did you select this major? I originally planned on becoming an architect. But as graduation approached, I couldn’t accept that my last performance ever was coming up. I knew I would always regret not trying for a career in theatre. Once I started auditioning, seeing classes, and attending collegiate theater, I knew I couldn’t do anything else. I decided on Viterbo when I was at a college fair. While papers, folders, and merch were being shoved into my hands, the ...

Posted Aug. 27, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
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Did you know that participating in extracurricular activities and classes has been linked to increased happiness? Improved academic performance, creativity, self-esteem, social confidence, creativity and time management are just a few more benefits. But, more than anything else, the best thing about participating in extracurricular activities, clubs, and classes is how much FUN we have! Recently, as the demand for virtual classes has increased, so has the variety of extracurricular classes offered online. From learning how to play the guitar to becoming an accomplished cake creator, and everything else in between, you can learn it online now! Our favorite source ...

Posted Aug. 25, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse student testimonial

Alana Barker, Stage Management - Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts Why did you choose to attend this college and select this major? I always knew I had a love for theater, but it took me finding this program to know that I wanted to pursue stage management. When I interviewed for the B.F.A. stage management major, I realized that the program was a culmination of everything I enjoyed: managing complicated schedules, working on productions of varying scope, and collaborating with other people. The drama department's close connection with Syracuse Stage, a professional regional theater, was also a ...

Posted Aug. 24, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Wayne State University Student Testimonial

Munera Kaakouch, BA Art - Wayne State University 1. Why did you choose to attend this college and select this major? When deciding on a college I had a hierarchical list of needs that Wayne State University (WSU) met, with grace. First, WSU has an incredibly vast study abroad program which I was lookingforward to pursuing. I was also enthralled by the diversity of programs offered. Moreover, theuniversity offers a plethora of private and public scholarships, of which I had the privilege ofreceiving the talent scholarship to pursue fine arts upon my acceptance to WSU. 2. What did you hope ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2021, noon by Tina Brooks | View Comments
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Does the idea of a college interview make your palms sweat? College interviews are not tests, and you can use the opportunity to your advantage by connecting with an interviewer and enhancing your application by providing more details. Be empowered by focusing on your goal: learning more about the college and whether it’s a good fit for you. Introductions 1. Tell Me About Yourself. This softball question can be tricky to answer. The interviewer is seeing how you’ll handle an open-ended question. Since your answer might prompt a follow-up question, lead the interviewer toward something you want to talk about, ...

Posted Aug. 20, 2021, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
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Milika Griffiths - Rider University Milika arrived at Rider with very little experience and training. “I knew I could sing, but I had no repertoire. And I never thought I could act." Milika credits private lessons with voice teacher, Carolann Page, for transforming her singing. “She pushed me to sing notes I never thought possible and helped me discover a voice I never knew I had.” With help from Professor Page and accompanist Louis Goldberg, Milika worked daily to build her repertoire. She learned five songs each week! Milika also worked closely with Acting for Film, Television and Theatre program ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2021, 3 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
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Joe Jackson - James Madison University: College of Visual and Performing Arts Why did you choose to attend JMU and select Music? I knew I wanted to go into music, but didn't know which program to apply for. Being close to James Madison University’s campus, I learned about the Music Composition concentration which I found to be a good fit. After visiting campus and meeting with the professors, I felt very welcomed by the community. I knew I found the right place to call “My home close to home.” What are you hoping to get out of the program, and ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2021, 11 a.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 always 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 ...

Posted Aug. 16, 2021, 1 p.m. by Monica Reynoso | View Comments
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After years of your child spending countless hours studying for exams, SATs, and writing up college admission essays, they have finally been accepted to a 4-year university. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that “In fall 2019, the 11.0 million students enrolled in 4-year institutions.” As the numbers increase for U.S. students and international students attending four-year universities, so do the uncertainties that come with parents transitioning their students into college. Before the first semester of college starts in the fall, students are to already have solidified their place of residence, purchase their books for classes, and have an ...

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