Category Archives: College Prep

Choosing a College: Teen Perspectives

College WheelIt’s just past the time that high school seniors have decided on their college, and juniors are looking ahead to applications. It’s nice being able to talk to someone who’s gone through the same process that many juniors will go through. There’s much to think about: the SAT, the ACT, good grades, finding a school that fits your interests, essays, applications, visits, and more.

We have the perspective of two high schoolers: Brooke who has been through the application and acceptance process, and Claire, who is just beginning it.

Brooke: Finding the right college is really difficult. My decision came down to two schools, and a lot of different things factored into my final choice. You have to consider location, class difficulty,cost, the “feel” of the school and it’s social aspects, and a ton of other stuff. With the two schools I had, one was much more prestigious but a lot more costly, and the other one had given me scholarship money, but wasn’t particularly well-known.

I had to weigh my options: would the more abundant opportunities at the one school outweigh its cost? Would I be happy in the towns the schools were in? Did I feel welcome and included by current and other prospective students? You may never have that moment where you just know, like a lot of people talk about. You have to trust you’ll make the right decison for you.

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Meet An Engineer: UW Engineering Ambassadors @ Northeast Branch

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Wednesday, May 6 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Branch

Now’s your chance to get a more in-depth look at what the UW Engineering Ambassadors are all about!

The UW Engineering Ambassadors are returning to the Northeast Branch with their full-length presentation. They’ll have information on different careers and programs in engineering and demonstrate how they are using their new skills with an interactive activity.






Paid Internship #2: SYEP

SYEPposterThis one is pretty amazing — 1,000 teens will be paid to get good job experience. Resumes and  cover letters sure, but also workplace internships and mentorships. It is worth your time to check out the Cover Letter for 2015 Applicant Form and fill out the Applicant Form. Your friendly branch librarian is standing by to help you with this, if needed. Notice the deadline, though? 10 days and counting down.

Earn $150 and service learning for telling YOUR story!







  • learn how to talk about race & racism
  • tell YOUR story
  • build a social justice community
  • gain leadership skills & new perspectives


  • Start : February 23, 2015
  • End : May 23, 2015
  • Mondays + Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM


Application Deadline is FEB 13, 2015.

For more details, check out the linked flyer!

HS Seniors in the Seattle area: Want to apply for a last dollar* scholarship to college?

Scholarship JunkiesCome work one-on-one with Gates Scholars and Alumni as well as the Scholarship Junkies team to work on and complete your GMS application, no matter if you are just starting or finishing your application. We strongly encourage you save any files via Dropbox or email your files to yourself.

Apply for the 2014-15 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship program, awarded annually to 1,000 high school seniors nationwide for their academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. For more, visit and read our #1 GMS blog with tips, suggestions, and sample essays on the GMS.


  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Central Library,  (Bus Tunnel: University Street Station)

Parking can be found here:

Questions: Email *If you don’t know what this means, send us a note and ask!

80 spots open as of Thursday!


Free money: Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship


Write about civic courage.

Win a $5,000 scholarship.

Who is your local hero?

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

Essays must be submitted online between January 1 – March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in May 2015. Winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library and will be given directly to the participant’s school on their behalf.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship

2nd Place: Two $2,500 scholarships

Thanks to our many leading historians and authors who have agreed to act as judges and evaluate submissions, including our blue ribbon scholarship judges:

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available from librarians at The Seattle Public Library at all 27 library locations.

Other resources:
Special Collections at The Seattle Public Library
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

Have you taken the S.A.T.? Check out my helpful tips…


Recently I took the S.A.T and I was nervous to say the least. I had heard all the stories about how strict the rules were and how scary the test itself was. So I tried to prepare myself; I got the proper information from Susan Watters, my schools Fiscal Specialist.  She gave me the proper website address, info about fee waivers, and a small booklet that has quite a bit of information about what the S.A.T is, some of the rules, things you will need for the test day, and a practice test. My great aunt had also bought me the Official S.A.T study guide, which is this HUGE book all about the S.A.T. But alas November was a no bueno month (no good – for those of you who don’t speak Spanish)  so I did not get to study much.  I was able to look at the little booklet that I got from school, but I did not get a chance to use my Official S.A.T guide so I cannot tell you if it was helpful.

Anyways signing up for the S.A.T is an adventure as well, it has lots of questions and when/if you sign up try to do so from your personal computer, or if you must use a library or school computer be sure to take a flash drive with a photo of you on it so you can put it onto your “Ticket” which you must print out and take with you on test day – it’s what lets you take the test, and you can’t get in without your admission “Ticket”. Only you can be in your photo (no friends or pets in it) and it MUST be a recent picture of you. Continue reading