Junior Year: An Open Letter to Incoming Juniors

Hello, upcoming Juniors! You’ve probably already heard the horror stories. And no doubt your parents and older siblings and guidance counselors have already instilled within you their endless mantra of “Junior year is the most important year”. This may be freaking you out a little about what is to come. It’s true, Junior year seems intimidating. It’s full of standardized testing and AP classes and lots and lots of college preparation. But don’t fear. As a rising senior myself, I offer my sagely wisdom to you.’  I will address topics from how to prepare for this upcoming school year to how to end the year ready to tackle the college application process; all from a student’s perspective. I hope you may find my blogs and advice useful to you. As summer is just beginning, this first installment will be about how to best prepare for the year ahead and also be productive this summer. ‘ Let’s begin!

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YALSA Welcomes Teen Bloggers

Do you know teen bloggers who would be interested in blogging for YALSA? Do you know teens who like to write about books, music, movies, etc. and would be a perfect candidate for a position as a YALSA blogger? Are you a teen that would like to write for the YALSA blog? If so, now is your chance.

At their meeting on Monday, January 14, the YALSA Board of Directors voted to include teens in the YALSA cadre of bloggers.

What do this mean? Well, first a teen that is interested in blogging for YALSA needs to fill out and submit a teen blogger application. The application will be reviewed and teen applicants will be notified of the decision.

Once a teen blogger is accepted, a blogging account will be setup for that teen and information on how to use YALSA’s blogging software will be provided.

This is a really exciting opportunity for teen writers. If you have any questions about being a teen blogger – or helping a teen in your community become a blogger – contact me, the YALSA Blog Manager, at lbraun@leonline.com