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College Admissions Savvy for Students and their Families

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Public Library is pleased to offer two programs designed for high school students and their families. On Saturday September 29 at 11:00 AM, professional editor Pamela Brownstein will present a workshop on “Writing a Compelling College Admission Essay”.  Former guidance counselor Brenda-Kay Kucin will speak at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 25, on”Understanding the College Admissions Process.”

The essay workshop on September 29 will cover topic selection, organization, ways to make the information stand out, and the importance of editing and proofreading.  Ms. Brownstein says, “College admissions officers read dozens of essays each day and are thrilled with a well-written piece that captures their attention. Gain some tips on how to turn out a solid essay.”

 

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Pamela Brownstein is a journalist with many years of writing and editing experience. She is the executive editor of the New Jersey Law Journal, previously was a writer for the Associated Press and has given presentations to high school seniors on how to write a compelling college-admissions essay.

 

Ms. Kucin’s presentation on October 25 will help high school students and their families prepare  for college before, during and after the application. She states, “Hopes, dreams and lots of anxiety surround the anticipation of high school students and their families who embark on the search for and acceptance to college.   Understanding “the process” means appreciating high school preparation, becoming aware of resources and learning how to interpret enormous amounts of information.  Our talk will include such topics as student levels of readiness and considerations of career exploration.  We will also review steps for how to begin the search for a college match, offer an approach to investigating college websites and introduce the numerous parts of a college application. “

 

 Brenda Kay-Kucin is a member of the Friends of Scotch Plains Library and was a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Counseling Department for 10 years before her retirement from the school district.  She continued work advising college-bound students as a volunteer for the Plainfield chapter of the “I Have a Dream Foundation,” a high school college preparation and mentoring program that provides support for underprivileged students.  Her 30 years in education began as a music teacher and choral director and Ms. Kucin also remains active in musical organizations in the area.

 

Pre-registration is recommended for these programs. Participants can register in person, by phone (908 322-5007, ext 204), email to library@scotlib.org or through the events tab on the library web site, http;//www.scotlib.org. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

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