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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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Philosophy Class – questioning your surroundings is good for the soul

Philosophy Class Review



Philosophy…what does this word exactly mean? Well, it’s derived from the Greek roots Filo, meaning love, and Sofia, meaning wisdom. Thus creating the word φιλοσοφία (Philosophy), the love or pursuit of wisdom. I took this class at North Seattle Community College and initially it was just for the sake of earning the credit, but as the quarter progressed I grew to love the class and its mind boggling concepts. Philosophy 101 took a general view on various ideologies but ideally philosophy can be broken down to five specific branches:


  • Metaphysics: explores outside of physicality such as ideas and question about existence,
  • Epistemology: the theory of knowledge “What is Knowledge? Can I prove I have knowledge of anything?”,
  • Logic: reasoning and inference; a majority of people tend to have something called Dysrationalia which is when you’re unable to reasonably think through a situation or problem despite being an individual with a high I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient),
  • Ethics: Moral Dilemmas,
  • Aesthetics: questioning the benefits of experiences.

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Fangirl – a tale of fiction, family & love

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan (a spoof of Harry Potter) and for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, surrounded themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Six Word Review: A tale of fiction, family and love.

I started reading because: It caught my interest with its relatable story line and I fell instantly in love. I feel as if I am a part of Cath because I am so much like her.

I kept reading because: I was taken in by her story and I couldn’t put it down until the end.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s interesting and unique. I feel as if this is the perfect tale for anyone to read because it’s so relatable. I loved the snippets of her fan fiction story that the author puts in her story. The only things that hung on me were some of the characters.

I loved the fan fiction stories that Cath wrote. I don’t usually like fan fiction but something about her writing felt fresh and original. Packed with action and romance I couldn’t turn away from them.

I hated the way some of the characters were established. Some of them started out in the book with good intentions but ended as nothing more than selfish pricks.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:    Write Fan Fiction.

– Rachel, Green Lake, Teen Volunteer


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.






5 Teen Movies Reviewed – Speed Round!

Robot & FrankRobot & Frank

Six Words:  Ex-burglar old man befriends interesting robot.
Mood(s):  Witty. Thrilling. Fascinating.
“The human brain, a lovely piece of hardware.”
Bonuses:  Beautifully filmed. Realistic depiction of the future.
Additional:  Seems outlandish and ridiculous at first, but you’ll be hooked once you start. Profanity. 13+

They Call It MyanmarThey Call It Myanmar

Six Words:  Documentary about Burma; expands your worldview.
Mood(s):  Impassioned. Revealing. Informative.
“I think politicians who think they’ve gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.”
Bonuses:  It’s like traveling to Burma without leaving your couch. Very honest documentary.
Additional:  NR

Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies

Six Words:  Two friends try more; twist ending.
Mood(s):  Charming. Exploratory. Witty.
“That’s the problem with heartbreak, to you it’s like an atomic bomb and to the world it’s just really cliché, because in the end we all have the same experience.”
Bonuses: Finally a romantic movie that ends differently than you expect. Very funny.
Additional: Profanity. Momentary nudity. R

Like Crazy 3Like Crazy

Six Words:  College girl and guy go out.
Mood(s):  Teenage. Modern. Heart-wrenching.
“Because it’s the halves that halve you in half.”
Bonuses:  Gorgeously shot scenes. Jennifer Lawrence makes an appearance.The ending.
Additional:  If you have a tumblr, you’ll know where all those gifs are from after watching it. 13+

Hotel RwandaHotel Rwanda

Six Words:  Rwandan genocide’s impact; hotel manager saves.
Mood(s):  Gripping. Emotional. Heavy. Violent.
“There’s always room.”
Bonuses:  You learn something new about the Rwandan genocide.
Additional:  Depicts the division between the Tutsis and Hutus accurately. 13+


–Regina, 17, West Seattle



The C-Word

girl and dad and computerIt seems that every adult I interact with these days poses the dreaded question: “Where do you want to go to COLLEGE?

Thanks, guys, for reminding me that I’ll be taking the SATs in a few months, slaving away for hours on weekends to write college applications in a few more, and leaving home in less than two years.
While it’s important to think about college, it’s also very stressful.  The rising competition of being accepted into good schools puts a lot of pressure on high school students.  We’re expected to get amazing grades, take AP classes, be captains of sports teams, be class presidents, and why not save a starving nation while we’re at it?!
When I was a freshman, I was obsessed with the college search, and the allure of attending an Ivy League school. I micromanaged my grades and spread myself as thinly as possible over extracurricular activities.
Two years and many stressful days later, my goals have changed drastically.  While I applaud my previous motivation, I’ve come to realize that striving for perfection is a recipe for disaster – and a lot of unnecessary stress. 
So to answer those adults’ question, I don’t know where I want to go to college right now, and I think that’s okay.  While college is important, the school you go to doesn’t define who you are or what you’ll go on to do.  That is up to you, not your Alma Mater.  For now, I’m going to enjoy my last few years as a carefree teenager, and let everything else just fall into place.
–Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser

College Application & Scholarship Completion Event

College_Application_Events_from_RoadMapProjectCollege deadlines are approaching! 12th graders and their families can get help completing applications and essays for community, technical and four-year colleges at the Southwest Branch today.  Representatives from Scholarship Junkies will show a short presentation at 1 PM and will be on hand to help students learn about and apply for scholarships.  Feel free to drop in anytime during the program.  This program is presented in partnership with the Road Map Project.

Here are the details:

Want more information? Check out our calendar of events.


Road Map to CollegeToday is a great day to think about your future options and get excited about your college, vo-tech, or career potentials, for tomorrow’s DiscoverU activities.

Who do you want to be?

You’re probably aware of the things you can do to participate (many area schools are participating) but here’s a list of some of the activities:

We’d love to see and share your creations! 

And don’t forget that the library has many, many resources for college and career planning, including LearningExpress Library (where you can take many different practice exams online) and Homework Help (in-person at 11 libraries and online)!  Stop in (and visit us online) any time.

Taking Online Community College Classes as a HS Student

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This month I’m experiencing my first online classes at North Seattle Community College. The two that I am taking are Intro to Accounting and American Government.  Mainly, I like online classes for two reasons; sleep and understanding. Waking up for physical classes at 8 a.m. is one of my least favorite activites. Now that they are virtual I can do them whenever, which is usually in the evening.  It also gives me more time in my shedule because there’s less time spent on Metro and much more spent on sleep. 🙂

I also like the different way of learning these classes require.  Succeeding in online classes means having to read all the things the teacher tells you during the lecture, and there’s a lot of information.  The advantage of this is that I actually pay more attention to what I’m learning instead of daydreaming while the teacher talks.  In classroom settings I can ask clarifying questions if I missed something, which is easier than going back through the pages to read what I skimmed.  There’s definitely a disadvantage in not being able to get as many examples or asking a question in person with an immediate answer. You also can’t mooch off of other ideas of classmates to better understand the material.

This is only the first week, so I have a long way to go! I’m finding that it’s managable and hope to adapt to it better as time goes on. 

Jesslyn, Northeast Teen Adviser


College Goal Sunday, January 12th and 13th

collegegoalsunday For all Seattle-area teens looking ahead towards college, we are hosting College Goal Sunday on
Saturday, Jan. 12th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and

Sunday, January 13th 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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