Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year — Navigating big changes

Junior year of high school is a pivotal time for our teens. When my daughter began 11th grade just weeks ago, I’ll admit I felt the same trepidation I experienced when my son, now a college sophomore, started his junior year in high school. Then I remembered this truth: While this third year of high

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Summer bridge and enrichment programs

Summer bridge and enrichment programs

There is a wide range of academic and creative summer programs available for students who would like to explore a new area of study (such as engineering or a foreign language) or improve existing skills in writing, music or art, computer programming, etc. Participating in a summer program can be a terrific boost for an

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Will taking time off help your student land a job or internship?

Will taking time off help your student land a job or internship?

That can’t be right can it?? Surely our students need to be plugging along that well-trodden path — high school, college, high-flying job — and hiring managers hate to see any detours. Maybe not. My own grant-funded gap year gave me the opportunity to do a comparative research study on women’s rights in England and France. I interviewed

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Trust Me

Trust Me

There is some part of me that has wanted to be an adult all my life. If not every eighteen-year-old has felt this way, they are likely experiencing it now. I anticipated the summer before freshman year would be trying, as should all parents and students — students are neither children nor full adults and

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  • I've been through the process twice, and you are so right: it is stressful! However, everything works out for the best. My daughter ended up attending a school she didn't even want to see. In fact, the day we went to visit, she decided to leave the tour early, rather than going to the question and answer session. Well, it was the best four years of her life thus far, and she has made lifetime friends and had many wonderful experiences because of her education there. Thanks for sharing. I always love reading your pieces.