Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thinking About College

As I write, about 36 teens are taking a practice SAT at the Mukilteo Library. That's an amazing number of teens giving up a Saturday afternoon to take a test! Some of them look pretty calm, others are tense, but all of them are thinking about college.

Our web site offers practice for college tests, too. Take a look at LearningExpress Library (find it at the Teen Homework Resources) for eBooks, eCourses and sample SAT and ACT exams. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection and your library card to get started. The Gale Virtual Reference Library (find it under Electronic Media) lets you search the full text of Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans and The College Blue Book to find out about what colleges offer and ways to pay for it all.

And then there's my favorite, the book Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. Everyone knows about the University of Washington and Harvard and Stanford, but there are many, many colleges that aren't so familiar. This book will tell you about 40 fine colleges that could be a wonderful fit for you even if you don't have straight A's and aren't the captain of the football team and don't have your own charitable foundation. Take a look--and ask your local librarian for more information about applying to college. We're here to help!

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