Friday, September 27, 2013

Mentor Library hosting College Prep Series to help teens and adults get ready for next step

Let's be honest.

Searching for and applying to college is scary.

If you're a high school student, a parent or even an adult who wants to go back to school, the college-preparation gauntlet can be overwhelming.

How do you pick a school? What's the best way to apply?

And that's not even talking about money.

Most students are looking at five figures' worth of debt (if not six) unless they get fluent in the language of scholarships and grants.

The Mentor Public Library is hosting its College Prep Series next Tuesday through Thursday to help people through this overwhelming process.

On Oct. 1, Patricia Saddle, an independent educational consultant from The College Planning Center, will present an overview on all aspects of the college-application process. She will discuss choosing a college, applying and financing a college education. She will also offer tips to those who are new to the process.

On Oct. 2, Shamecka Nelson from Bryant & Stratton College in Eastlake will talk about how to write great college application essays. Then Lisa Wilson, also from Bryant & Stratton, will discuss how to choose a major. Wilson will also explain the application process from the standpoint of a college’s admissions office.

On Oct. 3, Andrea Tracy, a representative from Lake/Geauga Education Assistance Foundation or LEAF, will talk about financing a college education. She will discuss loans, grants and scholarships, explain the differences between the three and tell students the best way to get them.

All the workshops will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library's Main Branch.

Also, all of the workshops are free and open to everyone.

We do ask that people register for the programs beforehand. You can do so by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 214 or by visiting

So if you or a loved one is thinking about attending college in the next year or two, come to the library next week. Our experts can make the whole process a lot less intimidating.

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