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Life After High School and Beyond

October 28, 2016 - 1:25pm -- Desiree
Don't Panic
"If I could offer you only one tip for the future sunscreen would be it." - Baz Luhrmann

Wondering where to go to college and what to study? To take a gap year? Financial aid? To take the ACT or SAT or both? Jobs? Getting ready for life after your high school graduation can feel incredibly overwhelming at times. Pile all of that onto all the day-to-day stresses of being a teenager, and you might find yourself pulling your hair out. Well, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy -- “Don’t Panic!” (easier said than done, I know).

As Baz Luhrmann’s said in his iconic “Sunscreen Song” seventeen years ago (long before The Getdown was even an idea and back when this librarian was in the middle of her high school years), “Don't feel guilty if you don't know what to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.” Regardless of where you are on your educational journey, there are so many great resources to explore and support to find along the way.

Looking for practice on the ACT/SAT? Check out our Learning Express Library Database, available with your library card! The database also offers practice tests for many other different entrance exams and tests, including ASVAB, GED and Advanced Placement. You can also find help with writing your college application essay, personal finance skills as well as many different subject areas like math, science, writing and reading comprehension. Speaking of college essay writing, Lighthouse Writers Workshop is currently offering a wonderful series of workshops to help you with just that -- the next will be held this Saturday, October 29, 2-5 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Curious about exploring apprenticeships, joining our armed forces or other non-college options? Where to find the best scholarships and more? Check out this handy list of resources to help you prepare for the future, available on Evolver. Finally, if you are interested in exploring any of these topics in further depth or have a large school project, don’t forget that the library’s Reference department also offers one-on-one student research appointments for middle and high school students, as well as adults. Schedule a one hour appointment with a librarian to explore databases, reference periodicals, Federal Government Documents and more — all customized to meet your research needs. Crunched on time and can’t make it to Central? Visit the 24/7 Ask Us chat reference service with your questions -- available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

As the old saying goes, life is about the journey not the destination, and the library strives to be here no matter what part you are on. So relax, stop by your neighborhood branch or visit us online, and trust Baz on the sunscreen.