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Elena Prieto, a CCC grad, visits Haifa while spending a gap year in Israel. Photos courtesy of Elena Prieto

Before college, consider taking a gap year abroad

For most, college is the time to embark on an escapade of newfound independence and drastic lifestyle change. Leaving the nest is a big feat for many young students. It can be nerve-racking traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home to start a new life. However, for a rare few, an even bigger adve …

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  1. Before college, consider taking a gap year abroad

    College

    For most, college is the time to embark on an escapade of newfound independence and drastic lifestyle change. Leaving the nest is a big feat for many young students. It can be nerve-racking traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home to start a new life. However, for a rare few, an even bigger adventure …

    Elena Prieto, a CCC grad, visits Haifa while spending a gap year in Israel.
  2. Largo High IB students take on a balancing act

    Life

    Life for the average International Baccalaureate student is a constant balancing act between school, sleep, keeping up a social life and any other obligations he or she may have. If IB students are lucky, they're able to pick two of the options above. Having good grades and a booked social calendar often means running …

    Erica Higginbotham, a Largo High junior, admits it is a challenge balancing IB and soccer.
  3. Durant High 'Knuckleball Princess' considering future in Japan

    Life

    In a town where young girls dream of growing up to become the next Strawberry Queen, Chelsea Baker, at age 5, had other plans. She dreamed of playing baseball.

    Chelsea Baker says her teammates at Durant High are guys she has grown up with, and they have her back.
  4. 10 life lessons learned behind the wheel

    Life

    As a 15-year-old sitting in the driver's seat, ready to take on the world, ready for freedom, I thought about the things my dad taught me from the passenger seat: How to hold the wheel correctly, when to press the gas as I go through a sharp turn, when to start braking as I approach a red light. But he also taught me …

    FILE-- Jarrod Snider, the lead engineer of the driverless car project at Carnegie Mellon University, inside an automated car as it negotiates the terrain in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 19, 2012. Researchers are contemplating how cities could change if our cars start driving for us, including narrower streets as parking spots could potentially become unnecessary. (Jeff Swensen/The New York Times)
  5. Why SPC is a choice for many

    College

    As the impending doom of choosing a college looms over high school seniors, more and more are beginning to take the less-glamorous route: going to the local community college first. In Pinellas County, that option is St. Petersburg College.

    Students walk to class at SPC’s Clearwater campus. SPC is a state college offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs.
  6. Yes, these scholarships exist.

    College

    Comedians Need Apply Scholarship

    What is it?: A scholarship for amateur comedians funded by Make Us Laugh Scholarship company

    White Square Button with Smiling Mouth & Braces
  7. Tips for making it through senior year

    Life

    With the last few months of senior year ahead, here are a few tips to getting ready for college.

    With the last few months of senior year ahead, here are a few tips to getting ready for college.
  8. Throwback Thursday: Learning from middle school fashion mistakes

    Life

    Nearly anyone with a social media account has come across the phrase Throwback Thursday at some point. There are various kinds, ranging from the cute childhood snapshots to the often cringeworthy middle school selfies. Whether the photos are adorable or traumatizing, they all share one thing in common: They offer a look …

    Largo High junior Bryce Henson as he looks now.
  9. Modeling career takes off for Academy of the Holy Names student, 15

    Life

    With features resembling those of Guess model Gigi Hadid and even Victoria's Secret's Candice Swanepoel, Camille Opp strolled through the double glass doors of a Crisper's restaurant wearing a chic jet-black dress and heels.

    As a high school freshman, Camille Opp participated in a photo shoot for Vogue Italia. She says she was discovered at the end of seventh grade. She started modeling at Alexa Model & Talent Management in Tampa, and went on to model in New York and Miami.
  10. 4 thrift shops that offer more than just diamonds in the rough

    Life

    Most of us have been to Goodwill and the Salvation Army to "pop some tags," and we continue to hunt for the perfect bargain and designer finds. But before we can begin "'coppin' it, washin' it, 'bout to go and get some compliments," we must first find that perfect "fur fox skin," and these are the places to do just …

    Sunshine Thrift Store, 4304 South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, sells name-brand clothing, such as Hollister and Ralph Lauren.