Library hosting college campus life series

First Posted: 5/16/2009

Students heading to college this fall will have an opportunity to be a little more prepared for what lies ahead thanks to an upcoming series at the Mount Airy Public Library.
Angela Llewellyn, assistant librarian, decided to put together the College Campus Life series after talking to some youth, who are heading to college in the fall, about their anxieties.
Kids dont know what to expect, she said of the benefit of the series. I thought it was a shame theres not something to kick start that experience. I hope it helps.
The series will be four days of sessions lasting about an hour with a 30-minute question-and-answer series. The sessions will start at the library at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Scott Wilson, an employee at Surry Community College, will be the presenter Monday. He will talk about preparing for campus life. He also plans to talk to his son, who just finished his first year of college, about some things that he was not prepared for or unaware of in order to get some ideas.
Officer Ray Arnder with the Mount Airy Police Department will speak Tuesday about safety and self-defense on campus. He will also teach some basic self-defense techniques and talk about smart decisions and self-awareness.
He will talk about some thought patterns they need to get into, especially females, said Llewellyn.
Tim Marion from Andrew Jade Financial Services will speak on Wednesday about budgeting for students and parents. He will talk about staying on budget as far as students are concerned as well as for parents. Brochures about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms detailing how to fill them out and what information is needed will also be available at this session.
Carmen Long, a consumer science agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, will be the final speaker on Thursday and will talk about healthy cooking on a budget.
This is so you dont live on Ramen noodles for a whole year, said Llewellyn of the challenges and expense that can be associated with putting together a complete meal.
For more information, contact Angela Llewellyn at the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.

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