• 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.

  • Guide to Rotary Youth Programs

      Whether you are looking for a summer activity, a school club, a scholarship, or an opportunity to study abroad during high school, the Rotary Youth Programs might have what you are looking for. The Rotary has programs such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), the 4-Way Essay and Speech Contest, Interact, and the […]

  • How to Start a Club in High School

    Extracurriculars are an important part of your high school experience. But what do you do if your interests or passions aren’t represented by your school’s extracurricular choices? Or what if you aren’t able to participate in the existing offerings? Are you out of luck completely?

    Not necessarily. Starting your own club is an option that you should consider if the opportunities available to you don’t engage with your interests. This is a great solution that fills a void in your school’s offerings, allows you to customize a club to your interests, and exemplifies your leadership and creativity.

    In this post, we’ll outline the step-by-step process for planning, forming, and maintaining your own extracurricular club in high school.

  • What to Bring (And Not Bring) to the ACT

    In the best case scenario, you have your bag packed and sitting by the door before you go to sleep the night before your ACT test. If that’s the case, you ensure that getting out the door in the morning is as easy as grabbing your backpack and turning the doorknob. But in the worst case scenario, you stress yourself out even more by running around at the last minute trying to remember everything you need or, even worse, you arrive for the test without required materials and are not allowed to take it.

    To make sure that your ACT test day goes as smoothly as possible, be sure to review everything you’ll need to bring with you to your ACT. For our complete list of what to bring, and a few things that you definitely shouldn’t bring, read on.

  • The Demographics of the Ivy League

    Who actually attends the colleges that make up the Ivy League? When you’re in the process of applying to these colleges, it can be difficult to imagine the answer to this question. With their high admissions standards and low acceptance rates, the Ivies can seem to be more like dream destinations than places where real people go to school.

    However, the Ivy League colleges, like many other schools, are composed of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds and situations. Often, it’s possible to access data that lays out these demographic factors in specific numerical terms. If you don’t know where or how to find this information yourself, don’t worry—CollegeVine is here to help.