Waiting for that College Letter – Part 1

Mailbox_US_in_the_shadeThe mailbox. The old, rusty thing you’ve walked by on your way home from high school for the past four years. The thing you hardly ever paid attention to unless it was your birthday and your grandparent was known to send a card with some cash.

That is—until now. If you are one of the high school seniors who has sent in your college applications you may be checking that old box (or email inbox if the college is really high-tech) every day. You may even be thinking about it during class at school or at night when you are trying to fall asleep. If you are, you aren’t the only one. Keep reading…

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Stop Global Warming

Impacts_of_Global_WarmingWinter 2015 in Boston has been the worst winter I’ve ever experienced. I’ve missed about two weeks of school because of all the snow, which included two blizzards. My question is: Are we going through global warming? Or are we receiving some really bad karma? Well I believe that we are going through global warming. I don’t think that karma plays a role in how much snow has been hitting us. Keep reading…

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Seeds – A Healthy Super Snack

seedsYou may have heard that snacking on nuts is a healthy alternative to “junk” food such as potato chips or candy. Like nuts, seeds can be very beneficial to your health. They are rich in healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein, which make for a healthy addition to any meal. Making seeds a part of your daily diet may help to lower your risk of some health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes due to their high phytochemical content. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds found in plants that have been shown to have health benefits. Keep reading…

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Introducing Katlyn!

katlynHello! My name is Katlyn and I am extremely excited to be a part of the team here in the Center for Young Women’s Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. I am seventeen years old and currently a junior at Boston Latin Academy. I am a hardworking, friendly person who loves to meet new people and make new friends. Aside from school work I enjoy spending time with friends and family and I am also a captain of the cheerleading team during football season. Being part of a cheer team taught me that communication is key, especially when the safety of others depends on it. It also taught me how to be a good team leader and how to support my teammates. Keep reading…

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Chocolate Health Benefits and Recipe

Dark_chocolateMost people enjoy giving and receiving chocolates, but sometimes these tasty treats get a bad rap. Luckily, science shows that eating chocolate in small amounts is not only delicious, but has many health benefits associated with it. So, what is in chocolate that makes it healthy? The not-so-secret ingredient is known as cacao, and that is also what gives chocolate its characteristic taste. The cacao seed comes from a South American evergreen tree, and is used to make chocolate, cocoa, and cocoa butter. Keep reading…

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5 Steps to Landing a Summer Job

2010Fortson4-HCampCounselorsBy the time summer rolls around, many teens find themselves stuck at home without anything to do. Most of the summer jobs have been scooped up by June which can leave you stranded and with no money to spend. What’s the solution? Start your summer job search early and increase your chances of securing summer employment so you’ll have money in your pocket and not be totally bored. I’ve found out the hard way that planning ahead is definitely worthwhile. Early planning not only increases your chances of finding a job, you’ll likely have a choice and you won’t have to settle for the leftovers. Here are some tips on how to land a summer job! Keep reading…

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Could I have PCOS?

PCOS BlogPerhaps you know someone in your family who has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and now you’re wondering if you have it too. PCOS does run in families but that alone doesn’t mean you’ll have it. The symptoms can vary from person to person but most women who have it, share similar complaints that often include irregular periods, trouble losing or managing weight, acne, and excess or unwanted body hair. We’ve created a quiz that can help you figure out if you could possibly have PCOS. Keep reading…

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Loving Your Insecurities

iStock_000025876167XSmallMany of us have insecurities, whether it’s the way our noses looks or the way our ears are shaped. I had many insecurities growing up. I really didn’t like it when people would always comment on how different I looked from the rest of my family. I didn’t really feel like I was part of my family because of how different I looked. Over the past few years I’ve learned how to love the way I look and how different I am from everyone else. I’ve also learned how to love my other “flaws,” like not having a thigh gap, or having big teeth. I feel like people struggle to see how beautiful they are inside and out! I find it really important to learn how to admire your insecurities because later on in life you’re going to feel uncomfortable when other people point them out. Keep reading…

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What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?

1 in 5000You don’t actually realize that as you grow up your surroundings are causing you to subconsciously configure your future. You watch as everyone grows up, goes to college, falls in love, gets married, has kids, and lives happily ever after. Keep in mind, this scenario is seen through a child’s eyes where everything is fantastical. This young child was definitely me. It is most likely a lot of people. The fact of the matter is, life doesn’t often happen that way and I quickly learned that mine certainly won’t look anything like it. Keep reading…

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Fracking 101

frackingI’ve consistently heard the word “fracking” thrown around when discussing environmental issues, but I never knew exactly what it meant. Since it’s a hot topic in the news lately, I thought it would be a good idea to outline the basics of this technique and explain its impact.

Fracking is a procedure that recovers gas and oil from shale, which is a type of rock. It is executed by drilling into the earth and directing a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the gas trapped inside. Keep reading…

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