Summer Time Is Here!

You have made it to the end of the year.  Take time to congratulate yourself.  As you reflect on this past year, I’m sure there are things you are proud of and things you would love to forget.  Remember, everything that happens in life is a learning experience.  Until we give in, there are no failures.  Until we reach the goal, our successes strengthen us on our path.
 
The summer is a great time to address areas where we need extra work.  Did you struggle in math or science?  Spend one hour every morning on Khan academy or check out a math book from the library to practice a few problems a day.  For a few dollars, a workbook can be purchased from a bookstore.  If you need work in English or writing, read, read, READ and write a journal every day.  It’s amazing how much you can grow.
 
Go on, be the best for you! Go and get the future that you deserve!

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Summer advice

The end of the school year is approaching. As you plan for the upcoming summer, I would like to remind you of the important journey you are currently on. You are working to complete your high school education so that you can move on to college or another specialty school that will allow you to attain your dreams. Don’t let foolishness stop you.
The summer is an unstructured time that can work for or against you. FIND SOMETHING USEFUL TO DO! Work on a skill. Do something for your community. Help to plant some flowers at a residential facility while having a chat with someone wiser than yourself. Do a few questions every day to prep for your upcoming ACT/SAT testing.
Whatever you do, stay out of trouble. Avoid individuals who have nothing to lose and will, therefore, risk everything for a few moments of reckless pleasure. Don’t post anything to social media that would not make your mother and grandparents proud. Finally, don’t, don’t, don’t do ANYTHING illegal. The ultimate cost is never worth the gain.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future that you deserve!
 

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The Value Of A Hobby

Do you know that some of the most successful people in the world started
developing their skill as a hobby? Yes people like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jay Z, Will Smith, and countless others, started exploring their fields in high school or earlier. They developed their passions as teenagers into the financial empires they are known for today.
Do you have a hobby? Is there something that you absolutely love to do? Keep working at it. Ultimately it can be the thing that makes you stand out when you apply for college and scholarships. Many highly selective colleges and universities weigh a student’s “interesting” factor as heavily as their grades. They want to be the university named when that person achieves greatness.
As you look to spring break and the upcoming summer, be sure to set aside time to work on something you love. Every day is an opportunity to expand and grow. Grow your passion into something extraordinary.
You can record your hobbies as a “Fantastic Factor” on the TeenUNMe web site.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future that you deserve!

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It is Time To Meet With Your Counselor

It’s now February and you are well into the second semester of your sophomore year. Now is a good time to reflect on your academic year so far. It would also be a great time to make an appointment with your school counselor to look at areas that need improvement. The two of you can develop a strategy for you to finish the school year successfully. Remember, every action in life has a reaction. Reach out to your counselor and show that you are conscientious about your future. It will pay off.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!
 

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A Word About Test Prep.

January is here! Your spirit is amazing. You have likely developed relationships that will last a lifetime. Not only do you have great friends, but you have counselors, and your community supporting you.
Have you made a New Years resolution? Here is a suggestion. Set aside an hour or two every weekend to study for your upcoming SAT and ACT exams next year. There are a host of resources online for this. Khan Academy offers free test prep with excellent explanations. Kaplan sells test preparation books with full-length practice exams for reasonable prices. You can purchase one on Amazon or at a local bookstore. Whatever you do, start early. For a list of resources, check out the SAT/ACT prep tab under the college section of TeenUNMe.
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Holiday Advice

Happy Holiday’s. December signals the ending of the first semester and approaching winter break. Keep studying hard. Keep your eye on the prize. You can do this.
Have you considered volunteering over your Christmas break? Many service organizations need help over the holidays. Another option is to collaborate with some other young people to provide a service for your community. Volunteering is one of the best ways to show your commitment to your larger community. This is something college admission and scholarship communities look for.
Along the same line, start to think about your plans for this summer. Although it’s great to hang out with friends or get a summer job, have you thought about traveling? The world is so awesome and you can travel while volunteering. Start researching your summer volunteer activity using your TEENUNME account to find organizations that do this. There are some organizations that costs but there are others that offer a scholarship. Check them out thoroughly and see which is the best fit for you.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!

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A Little Effort Now Pays Off later… Big Time!

Welcome to NOVEMBER! Whew, by now you are hopefully achieving a decent school/ life balance. I’m sure you’re showing yourself and others what a compassionate, determined and dynamic individual you are. Start recording your accomplishments and activities by date, in the teen U N me “Fantastic Factor Tracker”. This is the beginning of your resume. It is also the list of experiences you will be able to pull from to create your personal statement when you apply for college and scholarships. A little effort now will reap huge dividends later.
Ok, keep working hard! Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams.!
 

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Get Ready and Register For Your PSAT

Congratulation! You have completed the first month of your sophomore year. You are well on your way to success. This month October and next month November, the Pre Standard Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be given. This test is an excellent tool to guide your study for the SAT test which you will take next year, and possibly again your senior year if you have intentions to attend college. Since every school district offers the PSAT at a different time, ask your school counselor when your school will administer it. It is likely that it was already advertised last month.
By now you should be getting into the groove of school. If you haven’t found your academic groove yet, maybe it’s time to refocus your energy or seek help if the barriers seem insurmountable. Check into teenunme.com for more academic management tips.
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!

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Get ready for year 2

This is your year! Congratulations! You have finished one of the hardest years of your life. Freshman year sets the foundation for your high school career. It’s time now to focus on your sophomore year. What are your personal and academic goals? What after school activities will you be a part of? Will you play a sport or run for a student government leadership position?
Whatever you do, keep your grades up! You are still near the beginning of your high school career so if your grades fall, it will be harder (although not impossible), to raise your GPA during your last two years.
Consider volunteer activities now. The weather is still nice and there are many community organizations that are always looking for volunteers. Find an organization you are interested in that promotes goodness. Many hospitals, food pantries, and public service organizations allow high school volunteers and the opportunities are endless. Make some phone calls or ask your counselor, ask your friends, ask the parents of your friends. Volunteering to help those in need teaches you to be empathetic, good and nice to everyone. You will need to develop this skill as knowing how to nurture relationships is a lifetime skill.
Go ahead and do something unique. Something you enjoy!
Be the best for you! Go and get the future of your dreams!!

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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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