Live and learn: Students use summer programs to gauge interest in colleges

At a meeting several years back with an American University academic adviser, Willoughby Dobbs, then a high school student, expressed an interest in attending the university. Dobbs wasn’t basing his decision on a campus tour, friend recommendations or a brochure. He had already spent a summer at American University in the National Student Leadership Conference,…

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Profiling Danielle White

Danielle White, a junior at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va., uses writing to communicate her thoughts and boost her confidence. White has struggled with feeling self-assured in social interactions throughout her life. Writing helped ease her social anxiety and gave her an outlet to explore her emotions. “I feel like I can express myself…

Profiling Allison Johnson

After a long and stressful day at school, Allison Johnson returns to her Williamston, N.C., home to express her emotions through writing. While most teenagers release their tension through sports, dance or music, the 17-year-old rising senior finds writing poetry to be the perfect way to relax. She writes essays about the books she reads…