Tagged College Prep

Hit the Books with the Free Library!

Now that the summer is drawing to a close, children, teens, and even adults are prepping for the start of the coming school year. We at the Free Library of Philadelphia are prepping, too! That is, we’re organizing events and…

Determination to Excel

By Mary Liu 2015-16 College Prep Program participant  The quotation "the rich will always get richer" is the epitome of our country. The majority of the students around me have the funding to get a college prep course,…

Free Library Internship Prepares Special Needs Students for Life After High School

Kyle Chilluti is the resident "book whisperer" at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Bustleton Library . The 17-year-old aspiring filmmaker from MaST Community Charter School gives a cinematic makeover to weekly book…

"Oh The Things You’ll See…"

By Kristine Johnson My name is Kristine Johnson and I am a committed College Prep Specialist with the Free Library of Philadelphia. The best thing about this program is the youth! We are continually impressed by everything that…

Showing Up and Keeping It Cool!

By Nastassja Whitman College is not all about the books. No, really. College is more than just about going to class and studying for exams. What about the social world? It is common that college will be the first time most of you will…

Are You Prepared for What College Has In Store?

By Alexis Mason College Prep Program Work Study student You’re never fully prepared for what college has in store for you, even though you may think you are. I graduated from Mastery Charter High School Lenfest Campus in June…

Keys to Success - College and Beyond!

By Darrian Hopson College Prep Program Work Study Student My name is Darrian Hopson, a work-study student of the Free Library of Philadelphia and current student at Temple University. In my fourth and final year, college has taught…

Chart Your Course with the College and Career Readiness Program

By Kristine Johnson College Prep Specialist The journey to and through college can be challenging for even the most prepared of students. Often times, the skills needed for success in collegiate environments aren’t explicit;…

Discovering My Voice with the College and Career Readiness Summer Program

My name is Fred E. and I am a recent graduate of Martin Luther King High School.  I plan to attend the following two colleges: Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  I chose to…

Featured Resource: Learning Express Library

Sometimes you've got to take a test. It's a fact of life. Some of us struggle with tests while others breeze by, but we could all benefit from a little preparation. So before you decide whether to go it alone or…

My High School Experience - From Summer Reading to LEAP to College!

"My name is Shanae. I am a Class of 2015 graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls, and I will be attending Penn State University in the fall. I attribute my foundation for learning to my mother, who was never too hesitant to…

My Advice to High School Seniors! An Undergraduate Perspective!

My name is Ericka and I worked as a work study student in the College Prep Program on behalf of seniors in high school, helping them to complete goals to successful enter college! I believe my experience as an…

What Measurement of Success!

How do we measure success?  Some measure success through wealth, power, and prestige.  Others may measure success by how quickly they advance in their careers.  But how does one truly measure success in one’s chosen…

Closer to the Dream: Helping Immigrant Parents and Parents of First-Generation College Students Understand the College Application Process

“Betiane”* is a high school senior with a 3.30 GPA and has aspirations to go to college and obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Business. She has a pretty good chance of obtaining financial assistance of up to $30,700…

Understanding Federal Student Aid! Explore Your Resources

When it comes to applying for Federal Student Aid to begin your journey to college or trade school, the process can seem overwhelming, especially if you do not know how to start, who to ask questions to, or the proper…

Halfway to Success

The Seniors in the class of 2015 have came a long way since they've walked through the doors of their respective high school four years ago and now they are less than six months before they sit in front of  teachers, friends,…

College Bait and Switch

While searching for financial aid advice to pass on to students I recently stumbled across an extremely interesting article titled " Beware of the College Bait and Switch ” by Lynn O'Shaughnessy on her blog, The College…

Breaking Cultural Convention with a College Degree - Ziyan Chen's College Prep Journey

Ziyan Chen is one of the few students that have consistently participated in both my SAT and College Application workshops, which focused on practicing SAT test strategies and introducing the college application process, respectively.…

Life After the Free Library College Prep Program - Freshman Year!

The idea of being the first person in my family to attend college was an honorable, yet nerve wrecking feeling. Questions like how can I afford college always lingered over my head. Having the passion to go to a four year…

What students (and often their teachers and their principals) don’t know about research and an enriching liberal education

With the fall season upon us, students, their teachers, and their principals have recently returned to school.  In the School District of Philadelphia, each of those groups face immense uncertainty about the future .  As do…