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July 2019 Teen Events
Click on the Online Calendar to register or call the library at 914-232-5717 to register.

College Essay Writing Workshop. Thursday, September 12, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Get a head start on writing your college essay before applications are due! Join us at the Somers Library for this informative workshop.  The following topics will be discussed:
  • What is the admissions office really looking for?
  • Common App prompts for 2019
  • Common elements of great essays
  • How to bring your character into your personal statement
  • Supplemental essays and the rest of the application.
Seating is limited.  This program is intended for high school juniors and seniors.  Parents are also welcome to attend. Presenter:  Neal Schwartz of College Planning of Westchester  - (914-273-2353  or
Teens & Adults: Optimizing Your Mental Wellness for the College Preparation Process. Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The hunt for the perfect college and career can be stressful. Recent brain science has taught us that positive mental health  and effective social and emotional skills are key to  success in both academics and life. Participants will learn how emotions such as anxiety and sadness are important and why managing them is important for success. Both students and parents will discuss various strategies teens can use to build resilience and psychological tools to prepare for a successful college admissions process and ultimately, a successful college experience. This program is for teens grades 9 - 12 and their parents/caregivers.
About the Presenter:
Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Consultants (CBC), a group of internationally recognized mental health professionals who have researched,  pioneered delivering cutting edge treatments to help adults, adolescents and children live more fulfilled lives. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology, Director of the Doctoral Clinical Program, and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. CBC is located in Manhattan and White Plains, NY.

Admissions & Financial Aid: What it takes to get into college today! - Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Presented by Stephanie Mauro of College Planning 101.  In this class you will learn:
  • A time-line for success—where you should start in the college planning process.
  • How important are SAT & ACT tests and how they can make college affordable
  • What the more selective colleges really want to see in your student’s application.
  • The financial aid systems and how they work and why it’s important to have your expected family contribution (EFC) calculated BEFORE your student visits colleges
  • How to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants, and forms of merit aid
  • The differences between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms and how they affect the cost of college
  • What financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined
  • The parental, student and other family assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid
  • The differences between the federal and private loan programs
  • How it’s possible to attend a Private College for a Public College Price.
  • Two case studies showing how college planning makes a difference
And much, much more……
Space is limited. Please register.     
ACT Practice Exam With Applerouth. Saturday, September 28, from 10:00 am  - 2:00 pm. There is a difference between the SAT and the ACT, and some students do better on one over the other. Here is your opportunity to try your hand at the ACT without having to worry about the score going anywhere. Take a diagnostic test or take a test for practice to become more comfortable with the complete testing environment. The test comes with a detailed score report that highlights your personal strengths and weaknesses. If you take one of each, Applerouth will help you compare your scores to decide which is a better test to prepare for. Scores are returned the following week. Please bring a graphing calculator, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional).  Please Note: If there are not enough registrants by the middle of September, this program may be cancelled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly. Upcoming SAT Practice Exam:  Saturday Nov. 16th.


Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.Thanks for your support!