Some of you will be graduating from high school soon and you might be hearing your first commencement speech. Graduation speeches can range all across the board, from deadly boring to truly amazing and illuminating. Some graduation speeches have become famous and have been watched millions of times, like Steve Jobs’ speech to the 2005 class of Stanford — 15 minutes that are definitely worth a listen. National Public Radio (NPR) has created a database of 300 of the best commencement speeches given since 1774. You can search them by date, school, theme and name. Hear what President Kennedy said to the American University Class of 1963 and what J.K. Rowling said to the Harvard Class of 2008. They even have Kermit the Frog addressing the Southampton College Class of 1996! Many of these speeches are full of hope for what that graduating class might do with their futures and the world’s future, and some are just really, really funny. And remember to wear sunscreen.
Washington Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary recently wrote about affording college. She’s an advocate of staying within a realistic budget. Read it here.
More post-high school links on our webpage, here.
And articles on our site about college in general are tagged “college” — you will also see old events.
Saturday, April 19th at 10am In the Twin Hickory Library Meeting Room
Test Results Session on May 5th at 7pm
Staff from the Princeton Review will conduct a 4 hour SAT practice test for rising high school seniors and juniors.
Registration is required. Limited to 40 teens. Register online at henricolibrary.org or call 290-9200×5.
This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone that wants to get federal aid for college this coming fall!
Monday, February 3rd & Tuesday, February 4th
Twin Hickory Area Library
Wednesday, February 5th & Thursday, February 6th
Tuckahoe Area Library
Need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) advisors are available to meet one-to-one with students and parents to complete the FAFSA and to answer your questions about financial aid. Register online now and a library representative will contact you to schedule your appointment with a GRASP advisor. GRASP financial aid advising services are free. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Hickory and Tuckahoe Libraries.
Register online, in person, or call 290-9200×5 (Twin Hickory) or 290-9100×5 (Tuckahoe).
Come to the library for My College Fit! In this interactive workshop, an experienced college admissions professional will provide tips and insight into the admissions process and discuss finding the college that is right for you.
Wednesday, April 17, 7pm @ Tuckahoe Library
Wednesday, April 24, 7pm @ Dumbarton Library
Call 290-9000 with any questions.
For many high school juniors and seniors, spring break means roadtrips to look at colleges. Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post recently wrote up some great tips; read the whole article, here, or give this summary a look:
- use categories (“no massive universities” or “only a big university”) to narrow your search
- look at virtual tours
- don’t go to campus on their break – you want to see it full of people
- follow school newspapers and other sites online
- make a plan with your folks to break free from them for a while: this about what feels best for you
More on this topic, here.
Spring often finds high school seniors (and juniors) visiting colleges to decide where to go (or apply) next fall. We’ve got some tips for thinking about college, here.
And this is a list of 5 No-nos for touring colleges. If I could give you only one college tour tip, it would be:
Don’t let the parents ask all the questions!