Howard County Library

  • College: Let’s Make It Make Cents!

    painting of mortarboard as a bank with money falling into itThe decisions surrounding going to college can have a great impact on a person’s life. Choices start with the most fundamental ones about whether to pursue a degree and when – immediately after high school or wait a year. From there, prospective students consider to which college(s) they wish to apply and what course of study (majors, minors, other classes) to pursue. Last but not least, there is the question of how to afford tuition, room and board, and books.

    Students (and their parents) need to consider these questions and others carefully, and (as needed) seek expert assistance. As your students make these crucial college decisions, encourage them to attend College: Let’s Make It Make Cents! to learn about the application process and how to secure financial aid.

    This college readiness and financial literacy event happens at Howard County Library System Savage Branch on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 3 pm. The event features presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, The University of Maryland’s Academic Achievement Program and Howard Community College‘s admissions and financial aid departments.

    Your students should gain information to succeed in high school, after high school, and beyond!

    Brian Hart – Howard County Library System Savage Branch

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  • College Bound: Finding the Money

    file folder tabs with words loans, scholarships, grants, work studyChoosing that dream school was tough enough.  Now comes the really difficult part…figuring out how to pay the tuition bill!

    On Thursday, April 28 from 7 – 8 pm at Howard County Library, Miller Branch, a financial aid counselor from Howard Community College demystifies the college financial aid process.  Families can expect to learn about completing the FAFSA, searching for scholarships, and other sources of college tuition financial aid. A must for any future college student planning to attend any college.

    Register online.

    Katie George – Administrative Office

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  • How to Conquer the College Essay

    image of student trying to climb up a stack of filesHoward County Library presented Conquer the College Essay last Thursday.  Topics covered included:

    • What do those questions really mean?
    • What are admissions officers looking for?
    • How do I even start writing this thing?

    We thought we’d post those details, right here!

    The College Board’s web site has lots of succinct, well-organized information on decoding the questions, what answers admissions officers want to see, three easy steps to starting that essay, and time management. There are even two sample essays, with comments included, so students can see what recruiters are really thinking.

    For those students who want to read more samples, there are plenty of successful college essays out there. Teen Ink publishes real college essays written by real high school students. Connecticut College has posted quite a few essays written by students who have been accepted to that school…and graduated.

    Students can have a tutor review their work. Just log onto the Library’s Online Homework Assistance to upload an essay. A tutor will read the essay and return it with comments on how to make it a stronger, more organized argument, as well as corrections to spelling and grammar.

    And books. Don’t forget the books! We have tons of books on writing the essay and completing that college application.

    Good luck…and don’t forget to write!

     

    Katie George – Administration Offices

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  • Conquer the College Essay

    image of college student frustrated

    What is more terrifying than a pop-quiz? More overwhelming than a term paper? More puzzling than the Sphinx? It’s the dreaded college essay that looms menacingly in the lives of college-bound seniors.

    Procrastinating pupils can eliminate the apprehension by attending Conquer the College Essay. Learn what schools really want to know they ask which famous historical figure you’d like to dine with or, given your choice, what animal you would be.  Examine successful sample essays to discover what attracts an admissions officer.  Then, students can stop putting it off until tomorrow and develop a strategy for committing their strengths to paper.

    Students can register for Conquer the College Essay on Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm at Howard County Library Miller Branch.

    Katie George – Administration Offices

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  • College Bound: Finding the Money

    Encourage your college bound students to join us on Tuesday, November 18 at Howard County Library Miller Branch:

    There is a way to pay for college. A senior financial aid counselor from Howard Community College teaches how to complete the FAFSA and where to uncover additional financial resources. Ages 14 & up.

    Presented in partnership with Howard Community College.

    Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

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  • College Bound: Getting Accepted

    Encourage your college bound students to join us on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm at Howard County Library Miller Branch!

    Find and gain admission to the best college for you. Christy Thompson from Howard Community College explains how to navigate the college search and application process. Ages 14 & up.
    Presented in partnership with Howard Community College.
    *Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.1950.

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