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Future UAHS Seniors: Investigate Colleges this Summer

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Johns Hopkins campus

Summer might not be the preferred time to think about school, but if you’re going to be a high school senior next year, it is a great time to think about where you might want to go to college, and perhaps plan a few campus tours for the fall. If you want to learn more about a particular school, check out the College Blue Book. This resource will let you know how difficult it is to get into your favorite schools, which degrees are offered, and what the campus is like. You can also find information about occupational schools and scholarships. If you know you want to stay in Ohio, you can learn more about private colleges or public institutions online. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Peterson’s College Search, and “get matched” with a school that has majors that interest you, or take a look at some of our other recommended websites.

A big factor in choosing your school will likely be how to pay for it. For more on scholarships, check out Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans. This resource is most effective if you jump to the final volume and check the indexes, which will give you a listing of scholarships by field of study, place of legal residence, place of study, or your membership or affiliation with a particular group. Use your browser’s find tool (Ctrl+f) to jump to whatever interests you in an index. There are many, many resources on financial aid available online as well. And, naturally, the fabulous UAHS College Center has many helpful forms and guides on what else to consider when deciding where to apply.

Become an Outdoorsperson

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Landscape view with hills and sunlightAre you an outdoorsperson? This summer is shaping up to be a nice one, and there are many activities to enjoy outside. Before you venture out into the sunlight, there are a few precautions you can take. Consumer Reports has ratings for almost everything, but you might be particularly interested in their recommended insect repellents and sunscreens. The EPA also provides a search tool to locate repellents that will be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, or both, which lets you know how long a product will provide effective protection.

Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, there’s a lot to do! If you haven’t signed up for our Summer Library Club, you absolutely should - there are tons of fun activities that you can try in your own backyard. If you want to explore further afield, our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has guidance on birding, hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and much more. If you’d rather have in person training, ODNR and the Metroparks frequently offer hands on training for some fun outdoor activities, for kids and adults.