Going to college is part of the American dream. But as students reach for the stars, they discover how complicated the process of achieving a higher education can be.
Here are some suggestions to help smooth the way.
High school juniors planning to attend college should take the Scholastic Aptitude Test by the end of this school year. If your first scores are unsatisfactory, you'll have the chance to take them again in your senior year.
SATs are scheduled Saturday, May 4, at Severna Park High School and Saturday, June 1, at Glen Burnie and Annapolishigh schools.
Now is the time to apply for scholarships, and yourschool's counseling center staff can explain the procedure. Applications are available in all high school counseling centers. For more details, call Severna Park High School at 544-0900.
About those scholarships: Your local senator and delegates have scholarship money for high school seniors who will attend college or trade school in the state.
Sen. John A. Cade's office number is 841-3568. For county information, call 841-3209.
And here's a grant so valuable that it might make you switch majors. The Paul Douglas Scholar
ship, awarded to students in the top 10 percent of their class who want to teachin Maryland, is worth $5,000 per year for four years.
If you are planning to work your way through college, here are two sources for summer jobs.
Wild World Amusement Park hires for the summer, and Sandy Point State Park has openings for lifeguards, laborers, tollgate attendants, food concession and marina personnel and rangers.
If you have already mailed a college application and are beginning to worry about a lack of response, there is something you can do.
Most colleges and universities welcome a phone call to inquire about your admissions. If you don't have the admissions office
toll-free number for your particular school, you can get it by calling 1-800-555-1212.
You say you've finished school and you're looking for full-time employment? Anne Arundel Community College is sponsoring its third annual Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 27, in the cafeteria of the Student Services Building.
For further information on the free event, call 541-2202.
Saturday is Art Show and Auction time to benefit Benfield Elementary School.
The show, which will be at Severna Park United Methodist Church at 731 Benfield Blvd., begins with a preview at 7 p.m. followed by the auction at 8, conducted by Heisman Fine Arts Gallery Inc. Refreshments will be served.
A variety of art work will be presented: original oils, water colors, sculptures, enamels, etchings, lithographs and other graphics.
A wide range of opening bids will be accepted, and door prizes and raffles will be featured. The $5 admission charge is payable atthe door.
For more information, call 987-4722.
Sunday morning, tilt your head back and inhale deeply. There is a promise of more than just spring in the air.
From 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall the Severna Park Kiwanis Club will serve its annual Country Brunch.
The tantalizing aromas of scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, ham, sausage and French toast will serve as a preludeto the morning and afternoon feast.
The menu, prepared by club members, also includes shrimp Creole over rice, hash brown potatoes andfruit compote. And don't forget the cereal and doughnuts, plus all the coffee, tea, milk, punch and juice you can drink.
As usual, thebuffet is supervised by master chef Russ Williamson, who also happens to be president of the Severna Park club.
Mike Langley will be your maitre d'.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 12 years old; children under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 647-5177, 647-8361 or 647-2579.
Sometimes life affords plenty of time for decision-making. Will I be a fireman or a ballerina when I grow up? What color shall we paint the house next spring? Other times, it does not.
The clock is ticking very loudly for those of you who wish to join the Anne ArundelCounty Concert Association.
The window of opportunity begins Tuesday morning and continues until noon on Saturday, March 23.
Subscriptions are $30 for adults and $10 for students through high school. It's a very modest price when compared to the cost of tickets to other theatrical productions.
The association offers at least three performances and more often four or five programs during its fall, winter and spring seasons.
Since its founding in 1951, the associationhas presented many outstanding vocal, instrumental, and dance performers, including the Vienna Boys Choir, Robert Merrill, Peter Nero, John Raitt, the Robert Wagner Chorale and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Already scheduled to appear this coming season are the SwingleSingers, a collection of eight talented singers about whom the Boston Herald said, "The world's most unique vocal group."
Also appearing will be the Moscow Balalaikas, an award-winning ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform authentic Soviet classics on traditional Russian folk instruments.
To subscribe, call 987-6671.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the nation's leading consumer activist will be in town.
Ralph Nader will be at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts to discuss "Energy and Education: Activism in the '90s."
For further details on this free lecture, call 541-2341.
For students at Severna Park High School, it's now or never for ordering their yearbook, the "1991 Embers."
Adviser Kay McFadden explains that because of the increased expense of publishing, only those annuals for which a deposit or full payment has been received will be ordered. There won't be any extra copiesavailable when the books arrive in May.
For further information, call the school at 544-0900.
Lately, students at Archbishop Spalding High School find themselves humming, "Oh, what a
beautifulmorning. Oh, what a beautiful day." And it's all because they can't wait for opening night of the school's production of "Oklahoma!"
The 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which set the standard for future Broadway musicals, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.
Sharing the lead role of Laurie will be Alice Klinker, of Gambrills, and Marie Swartwood, of Severna Park. Wendy Houch will play the part ofAdo Annie, and Deanna Blockston will be Aunt Eller. Both girls are from Pasadena.
The lead male roles will be handled by Steven Zebrowski, of Arnold, as Curley, and Sam Huston, of Bowie, as Will.
Appearing as Ali will be Grant Corley of Columbia, with John Hall Jr. of Glen Burnie as Judd.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the door.
With advance reservations, theater-goers may attend a special pizza supper prior toFriday night's performance.
For further information and reservations, call the school at 969-9105.