Teen Scene

Teen Scene
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.
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.
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”).
vineyards in Meursalt, France. © Diane Roberts

Backbreaking Grape Picking in France: You Can Do It!

Is picking grapes in the idyllic French countryside by day and enjoying wine by night the ideal summer job? Find out from 18-year-old Diane Robert...
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.