Enjoy Your Summer

It’s May! You have almost completed your first year of high school. As you approach the summer and reflect on this year, are there things you did well? Are there areas where you can improve? Over the summer you can organize and work independently to improve your deficits or even get help if necessary. There are multiple free resources for this such as Khan Academy (khanacademy.com) for help with math and science.
I would also like to impress upon you the importance of doing something useful this summer and keeping out of trouble. Many a teenager has forfeited their future over unfortunate, silly acts during summer breaks. Find a job or volunteer organization. Work hard at it and you will find that it can reap dividends over the coming years. Many works and volunteer opportunities can be found in your local community. Another option is to look at the listings available on the teenunme.com platform. Organizations like Habitat For Humanity are always looking for volunteers and there is an opportunity to master new skills.
OK, be good and enjoy the summer. March forward!

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Protect Your Reputation before you have one

As a teenager, my siblings and I would sit at the dinner table with my father and have lively discussions about everything and anything. Often when I am faced with choices or difficult decisions, words of wisdom that my father would bestow during those memorable evenings. “Protect your reputation before you have one” was one of his favorite phrases.
In today’s world of social media, those words are even more important. One bad choice can be “shared” or found discovered through a few clicks on a mobile device or computer. Employers, admission offices and scholarship/grant organizations have been increasingly using social media platforms to research applicants. Be sure that when your name is searched, nothing negative or compromising is discovered.
How do you assure that your personal profile is clear?

  • Be very careful what you post to social media. If you post anything at all, make sure anyone under any circumstance could see it…for the rest of your life.
  • Do not do anything that could get you arrested.
  • Do not allow friends, love interests, or even family to photograph you doing anything that you wouldn’t want to be viewed by the general public.
  • If you are not sure something is appropriate, ask a counselor, parent or teacher you trust…or just don’t post it.

 
Check out Teenunme.com for more suggestions for a successful high school career.

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How To Get a Huge Return From Spring Break

Spring Break is a great time to beef up your college application resume. Spending even half a day doing a volunteer activity or working with a charitable organization can reap dividends when it comes time to apply for college. It shows that you have an interest in the well being of the community you live in. Whether it is working at a food pantry, reading to children, cleaning up the neighborhood, helping to repair homes or planting trees, there is an organization or organizations in every community dedicated to service.
Beyond the benefits to your college resume, one of the best ways to build self-confidence is by helping others. All the love you send out into the world comes back to you tenfold. You can search the teenunme.com site for potential volunteer opportunities in your community.
Enjoy your time off`!

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Exploring Your Summer

Summer Opportunities
Many teenagers do not know that there are amazing local, national and international programs available to address any interest you may have. Whether you are a budding engineer, an aspiring filmmaker, journalist, aspiring politician, entrepreneur or a host of other careers, there is a program for you.
Some of the programs pay stipends or give scholarships. You get the opportunity to learn about the field of your interest with like-minded teens while expanding your possibilities and beefing up your resume. There are programs in almost every state and multiple international options.
At teen u n me we search for these opportunities and make them available to you. Just click the link and start exploring the opportunities https:www.teenunme.com.

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What Difference Will Your Life Make

It’s January. For many students, this represents the second semester. For some, it is a mid-second quarter. The holidays have passed as has the associated school break. As you look forward, the next big break is spring break and then the time we all look forward to….Summertime!
Summertime! Lazy days when you can sleep late, hang out with friends, and catch up on Netflix series. No? Maybe your summer will be spent in summer school, doing an internship or working. Perhaps you will go on a family vacation.
Here’s a thought, you are in high school which means the options for your summer breaks are expansive. What if you used your summer months to improve the life of another individual? What if you could measure the time you spent this summer by the impact you personally had on this world? Sound like a tall order? The truth is that seemingly small selfless actions have huge ripple effects.
As you consider your options for the summer, I invite you to take a look at the community service options on the TeenUNMe website. These are independent organizations dedicated to improving local communities and the world. Talk to your parents about it. Your life can make a difference.
 

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It is Not Too Early To Start Looking For Funding

Soooo, it’s winter break. What are your plans? How about making some money this holiday. Did you know that many organizations allow students to compete for college funds as early as the freshman year? Quiet as it is kept, there are some pretty hefty opportunities for the industrious young student who makes an effort to find these gems.
At teenunme.com, we have researched and found a number of these opportunities. Just click on the attached link and take a look at the various funding sites in our arsenal. In some, you can filter for high school and find results tailored to individuals as young as middle school.
Some require that you write an essay or do a project. There are others, however; that simply require registration at the site.
Go ahead, try it. Onward!

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Starting Test Prep Early

Getting Your Jump on Success
Pssst! It’s freshman year. Did you know that you can start preparing for your SAT’s and ACT’s now? These are two exams that should be taken at least once before the end of your Junior year of high school. The scores are one of the factors considered by colleges and universities when you apply for admittance. At some schools, the scores are considered when they are awarding financial aid.
The day I took the SAT, I walked into the exam and took it cold. I remember being a little shocked by the format and the time limits on each section. My teachers had told me to sign up for it during my junior year. I was so glad that I was taking it early because I would have the opportunity to take it a second time at the beginning of my senior year.
After the test, I walked out a little shell shocked, wondering if my fellow students were having the same reaction. The answer was yes and no. There were those like me who were seeing the test for the first time and there were those who had practiced taking this style of test for months or YEARS. They were not only well prepared, but they were also RELAXED.
Studies have shown that students who start practicing for the exams early do better. At Teen U N Me, we are constantly searching for resources to help students for college application. Test prep is a big part of this. Click the link below to be directed to our list of resources.

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The Most Important Beginning

Welcome to your freshman year! This is the day that most anticipate with a mixture of excitement and stress. You will have more freedom than ever before. You will choose your own path by choosing from a variety of classes. You will walk amongst the coolest teenagers and attend sporting events. In fact, you may be one of those budding cool athletes, or maybe an aspiring actress, musician or artist. Maybe you are a commuter whiz who has been looking for friends with like minds.
No matter what your interest or intended path, it is often easy to forget why you get up every morning to go to school. You are there to get an education and to build a future. Whether that road for you includes a college education, military service, apprenticeship or a start-up company, quiet as its kept, the freshman year is possibly the most important academic year in high school. It sets the foundation and establishes the tone for the remaining four years. Start your freshman year off strong and the following years will be easier. Slack off and not take it seriously, the remaining years will be an uphill battle.
Why is this? It’s because of a very special number, your grade point average (GPA). The GPA is the average of every grade for EVERY class you ever take in high school. It is the number that tells everyone in your junior and senior year of high school how to did in your classes.
If your GPA is low (less than a 2.7), it will be difficult to gain acceptance into many colleges and impossible to compete for academic scholarships and grants. A high GPA (3.5 or higher), makes you competitive for almost any school. The higher the GPA, the better the chances for you to gain access to the most competitive schools and win scholarships and grants. (For a detailed explanation for how a GPA is calculated, click here).
So there it is. Be sure to responsibly enjoy everything high school has to offer. There will be amazing opportunities and often tough choices. Keep your eyes on your best possible life, study hard and check in with us often. Onward!

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Get Ready. Get Set. Go!

The summer is almost over and school is about to start. It’s time to get ready for that PUSH to succeed, to grow, to become everything that you ever wanted to be. Whether it is your first, or last year, this year can make a positive impact on your future. It is our commitment here at Teen U N me to be your highschool guide on your road to greatness. Tune in often for tips for a successful high school career.

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