• Eight Tips to Use Your Time Efficiently and Stay Organized in High School

    If you’re a high school student who is preparing to apply to college, there’s no doubt that you are busy. You are probably thinking about important standardized tests to take, worrying about your GPA, juggling a slew of extracurriculars, and of course, anticipating the college applications to come. It can be a lot to maneuver, especially when you throw in all of the normal high school social events and milestones on top of everything else.

    Luckily, you don’t have to feel like you’re being buried beneath all your responsibilities. There are some simple ways to stay organized and schedule your time effectively. In fact, by employing basic time management skills and organization systems, you’ll be better prepared to prioritize your work and visualize the bigger picture ahead of you.

  • A Guide to PROMYS

    If you’re a student between the ages of 15 and 19 who is deeply interested in math, one summer program that you should definitely consider is the residential program known as PROMYS. Here at the CollegeVine blog, we’ve briefly described the PROMYS program before, in our post How to Spend Your Summer as a Prospective Math Major. In this post, we’ll provide more information about PROMYS, from the practical details of applying to the program to the daily experiences you can expect as a PROMYS participant.

  • A Day in the Life of a STEM Major

    If you’re considering a STEM major, you might have heard that there’s a lot of work ahead of you. Indeed, STEM courses are known as time-consuming and intensive. Will it be overwhelming? Will you still have time for the other commitments that are important in your life?

    A little bit of insight can go a long way, and here at CollegeVine we have a team of experts who have been in your shoes. Read through our breakdown of a STEM major’s daily life, and then check out our CollegeVine Mentor Program. You’ll have access to the insights of peer mentors who have been through a competitive STEM program and are ready to share with you all the ins and outs of life on the STEM path.

  • Should I Take College Classes Over the Summer?

    Making good use of your summers is an important way in which you can maximize your high school potential, as well as a significant asset for your future college applications. One summer option that can be particularly attractive for college-bound high school students is that of taking college courses while you’re still in high school. Whether through a program designed specifically for high school students, or through an open enrollment option at a local college, successfully taking on college coursework demonstrates both your academic capabilities and your dedication to seeking out challenging experiences.

    Interested in finding out more about summer college courses that accept high school enrollees? Read on for an overview of the types of programs available, the pros and cons of taking college courses in the summer, and the steps you can take towards taking college courses in high school.

  • A Guide to STEM Scholarships

    What is STEM?   STEM is an acronym that stands for sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term encompasses many sub-fields that fall within one or more than one of these broader categories. For instance, computer science, which uses skills that intersect all four of these disciplines, is considered a STEM discipline.   Different organizations […]

  • How to Write a Winning Expository Speech

    The skills required to win a speech contest are multifaceted. You’ll need to be a strong thinker, writer, and speaker. You’ll need calm confidence and sound reasoning skills. And these skills are not unique to speech writing; they will be useful almost any time, especially when you orally deliver information, be it during the science fair, an interview, or a class presentation.

    If you’re interested in participating in the Expository Speech event at National Speech & Debate Association contests, and in developing your speaking skills along the way, read on.

  • How To Become President of Your High School Club

    How do you go from being a regular member of the club one year to the club president the next? Is it even possible if you haven’t had a leadership position in the past?

    In this post we’ll outline how you can demonstrate your leadership skills, gather support from your peers, and lead a strong campaign for club president. We’ll also offer some alternatives for those who either aren’t elected or appointed to a president or other top leadership position or who choose not to run/submit their names for consideration.

  • How to Get a Research Assistant Position in High School

    If you’re considering a path in the sciences, a research assistant position is an invaluable real world experience. Working in an actual science lab and gaining experience working with real data and participating in authentic experiments lends insight that can’t be found through regular coursework or reading a textbook.

    Research assistant positions can be hard to come by and competitive to secure in their own right, so your experience as a research assistant is also indicative of your dedication, ambition, and ability to succeed at a high level in the field of sciences.

  • How to Apply to the Senate Page Program

    Have you ever considered taking some time away from your regular routine to pursue something new, exciting, and completely different? We probably all have, and while there are tons of opportunities that might fit the bill, few are feasible in terms of time commitment, academics, or financial concerns.

    But, for students interested in pursuing a career in politics, government, or law, there is one program that may address all of the concerns above. This program is offered both during the school year and during summer months, provides appropriate and rigorous academic course work during the school year, and actually pays you for the work you do. Oh, and it also comes with a ton of prestige and recognition.

    If this sounds like a good deal to you, read on to learn how you can apply to the Senate Page Program.

  • Demonstrating Leadership as a High School Sports Captain

    There is no question that leading other people is not easy. Whether it means taking charge in a group project for school, putting together a fundraiser or a volunteer event, or even coordinating social plans on a Friday night, it can be at times difficult and time-consuming to try to get people to listen to you and work together to benefit the group as a whole.

    This being said, for all the trials and tribulations that one might have to go through in a leadership position, there are usually many benefits as well. This is certainly the case in high school sports. Becoming a team captain for your high school sports team can be a fulfilling experience that offers many professional and personal benefits. Read on to find out more about how you can set a model for leadership as a sports captain.