Teen Scene

Teen Scene
teen smoking

The Smoking Gun: Parisian Teens and Cigarettes

Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).
college search

American College Search Tips for Teens in France

Do you have a teenager in France looking to apply to a North American university? Here are some expert college search tips to help you demystify the process.
parenting teens

Teen Coach: Stupid is as Stupid Does

Dear readers, how many of you have a vision of how you would like your teen to be? If your teen is lucky, you ditched that vision somewhere in primary school.
teen coach

Why Teens Will Talk to This Woman Before Opening Up to Parents

Teens face both an exciting and a challenging time when growing up. More freedom and independence, combined with new choices and expectations can get pretty overwhelming. Often the last person a teen wants to talk to is a parent. Perhaps your teen will open up to a life coach.
how teenagers view the world

Teen Scene: The World We Inherit

My generation is pointed to as the one that will inherit this world with its advantages and problems. I sat down with Alice at Balzac high school in Paris for a glimpse of how teenagers view the world today and tomorrow.
refugee camp

What Happened on a Design Student’s Quest to Help a Refugee Camp

For the first few hours in the camp, I was scoping out potential design related modifications to make the refugees’ stay more… adequate? I had come expecting to experience a eureka moment: “I’m going to make this camp so much better, good Design will solve the refugee crisis!”. Boy was I wrong.

Father’s Day in France: Two Teens Who Think Their Dads Are Cool

Father’s Day in France is this weekend, so we asked two teenagers to tell us what makes their relationship with their papas special and how they plan to spend the day.
Teen Coach

Teen Coach: How to Prevent Losing Your Teens Online

A father says that his 12-year old son has entered middle school. He wrinkles his nose and says that he is not working enough, and he isn’t talking much either. Then he laughs, “Oh well.” I laugh back. Then I add, “Whatever you do, don’t get him his own smartphone or tablet.” One look at the father’s face, and I know that it is too late.
Oriana Timsit School Choices

Teen Scene: The Difficult Choice between Fromage and Cheesecake

It’s hard to believe that just one month ago I was landing in New York with a very busy schedule and some important decisions to make. Now it’s time to go back to school in Paris. Yes, the dreaded “rentrée” has arrived. But before I return to sneakers, alarm clocks and the airless metro wagons of line 13 (or as I call it: purgatory on wheels), let me recap my summer.
gap year

5 Reasons Why I Need a Gap Year After High School

The end of high school is a scary and exhilarating moment. Faced with stepping in to the sitcom-worthy world of college, internships and tiny apartments is enough to warrant a moment of reflection in three simple words: Am I ready?