Teen Scene

Teen Scene
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.
student's budget

6 Essential Tips to Boost a Student’s Budget in Paris

For young adults, Paris doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out these helpful tips to maximize a student's budget and make the most of the city.
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.
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.
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.
Open Letter to parents with children in French schools.

Teen Coach: Open Letter to Families in French Schools

Many of us bash the French school system because our teens are subject to rigorous requirements, tough grading, and receive sparse encouragement from their teachers; while “at home” teachers encourage their students and reward them with easy grading.
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.
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?

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.
career advice for teens

Career Advice for Teens: Perspectives on “La Situation”

Coach Jane Mobille offers career advice for teens (and their parents) on how to pursue a path that is both financially stable and personally fulfilling.