Jada B.

1001 Ways to Pay for College

Monday, June 16, 2014
Gen and Kelly Tanabe
1001 Ways to Pay for College
It may look a little tedious and boring, but I can honestly say that this book has been an invaluable tool for me. I've only just recently become a high school senior, but I have worried about paying for college for a long time.
1001 Ways to Pay for College is a fairly new book, printed in December 2013, so all of the websites and information is really up-to-date, probably more so than many books on college we have in the catalog. It is straightforward and easy to read, with lists and bullet points. 
For me, the most eye-opening section was the scholarship one. I had no idea so many scholarships existed, and for so many different subjects. Some require essays, some don't, some require students to pursue a certain field of study, and others are simply like prize drawings. I learned that many businesses offer scholarships, including Coca-Cola and Burger King.
In addition to scholarship information, the book leads you through some complicated processes and how to get the most out of resources like financial aid and student loans. 
After all of this guidance, there are even small sections disbursed throughout the book with frequently asked questions and answers, such as "How do I describe my accomplishments to impress scholarship judges?" and "How much do I have to save each month to reach my goal?"
strongly recommend students and parents to read this book. Whether you skip around or read it cover to cover, I can guarantee this book will help you pay for college. Check our Catalog
Jada B. Circulation

The Way, Way Back (DVD)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Way, Way Back (DVD)

I’ve noticed that not too many movies have made their way onto the staff blog, so I’m here to change things around a little.

In a way, the plot of this film is very simple. A shy boy named Duncan goes with his mother to her boyfriend’s beach house for the summer. By coincidence, Duncan meets an unlikely friend named Owen who steps in right when Duncan has no one. Those sentences can sum up the plot, but it’s the characters that make this movie so completely nostalgic and wonderful. In particular, Sam Rockwell pulls off the charming and hilarious Owen who sees humor in everything, and Steve Carell convincingly plays a villain (not his usual choice in character) who deserves a well-aimed punch to the face in the very first scene.

It’s hard to explain why this film is hilarious, quirky, and relatable when it needs to be watched to be experienced. All I can say is if you like heart-warming comedies, or like cheering for the underdog, or even if you just really miss summer, this movie should bring a smile to your face. 

Check our catalog for this DVD!

Jada B., Circulation