News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/08/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Presents Free College Application Series
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Library Services Manager    650-463-4961

Palo Alto, CA -- Are you stressed or confused about applying to college? The Palo Alto City Library will present "Applying to College," a free, two-part series to help you prepare for the college application process. The speaker at both programs will be Peggy Hock, Ph.D. Dr. Hock has 20 years of college counseling experience, is an instructor for the College Counseling Certificate programs at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Los Angeles, and is a member of the Executive Board of the Western Association of College Admission Counseling.

Both parents and students will benefit from attending these two programs intended to de-stress and demystify the college application process. This free series will include:

Part I: De-Stressing the College Application Process
Saturday, October 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • Myth of the perfect college
  • Crafting your college list
  • Communication with high school counselors
  • Tracking application requirements
  • Time management (have a life, keep your parents from nagging, and meet deadlines)

Part II: Don’t Put Them to Sleep – Writing the Essay
Saturday, October 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • Why do I have to write essays, anyway?
  • Who reads them and what are they looking for?
  • I’m just a regular person, what can I write about?
  • How is the UC Personal Statement different from other essays?
  • How do I approach the Common Application prompts?
  • Do I need a separate essay for every supplemental application?

Both programs will be presented at the Temporary Mitchell Park Library, located at 4050 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

"This is an invaluable series for college-bound teens and their parents," said Laurie Hastings, Teen Services Librarian. "The speaker has had a long career in college counseling and possesses a wealth of knowledge about up-to-the-minute trends in education."

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, use the Library Calendar of Events found at

This program is being made possible through funding from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.