Traveling in Nice

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I am fortunate enough to have spent four summers in France. The first three stays were informal French-exchanges with a neighbor’s friend. My most recent experience in France was this past summer with the Abbey Road immersion program in Nice. In Nice, I stayed for a month in a dorm with other students and fully immersed myself in the learning and cultural experiences there. Continue reading “Traveling in Nice”

How to Prepare Yourself in order to Have a Pleasant Homestay

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Staying with a host family is a very exciting idea. After all, you are going to meet new people, make friends, learn a new language, eat new food, and a host of other things. You actually cannot wait to go stay with them but going about it with a fixed mindset will spoil the fun and make you a pain to your host family. To avoid such a scenario and make your stay enjoyable for everyone, you have to be open-minded and flexible. Use the following tips to get along well with your hosts. Continue reading “How to Prepare Yourself in order to Have a Pleasant Homestay”

How to Prepare Yourself so You Can Have a Pleasant Homestay

Staying with a host family is a very exciting idea. After all, you are going to meet new people, make friends, learn a new language, eat new food, and a host of other things. You actually cannot wait to go stay with them but going about it with a fixed mindset will spoil the fun and make you a pain to your host family. To avoid such a scenario and make your stay enjoyable for everyone, you have to be open-minded and flexible. Use the following tips to get along well with your hosts. Continue reading “How to Prepare Yourself so You Can Have a Pleasant Homestay”

MORE Zzzz PLEASE

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Sleep is crucial for healthy brain development and overall physical and emotional health. When you sleep, your brain strengthens the neural pathways that synthesize the information you learned that day. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), not getting enough sleep can limit academic success, lead to aggressive behavior, cause one to eat unhealthy foods, intensify the effects of alcohol, increase the use of caffeine and nicotine, lead to drowsy driving and contribute to illness. Not surprisingly, lack of sleep is correlated to depression. According to NSF’s 2006 Sleep in America poll,  Continue reading “MORE Zzzz PLEASE”

Your Brain on Social Media

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Most teens spend their days attached to their phones, the pull of social media so strong they can’t look away. In fact, in the documentary “Screenagers,” researchers explain that the average American teen spends more time on electronic media than they do going to school. Scientists, educators, and parents are not only concerned by the amount of time teens spend online, but also about the impact this screen time has on the brain. Researchers have discovered that social media, in particular, has a far greater effect on the brain than one might imagine. Continue reading “Your Brain on Social Media”