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For High School seniors who are applying to college, these are some things you should be checking off on your College preparation checklist for the month of October:

  • The whole college process and experience can be quite costly and the cost of transcripts, SAT scores, and college applications can often be overwhelming. However, the majority of schools have College Application fee waivers for students from low income families. If you qualify, lucky you! You just saved anywhere from 50 to 80 dollars per school. So visit your school counselor to get more information.
  • Finalize your college essays. Get teachers and mentors to read and give their helpful opinions and suggestions and check your essay for proper grammatical use.
  • If you haven't already, request letters of reccommendation from two or three teachers and a counselor that can put in a good word for you.
  • Keep track of all application components and deadlines, i.e, applications, test scores, letters of recommendation and financial aid materials. An incomplete application could ruin your chances for admission.

The college application process is wrapping up!

 October Reading
by Monrelle Wilson

It's the month of October which means Halloween is right around the corner. Now, until Halloween actually arrives, what will you do on your downtime? Will you be constructing your costume, planning a party or a trip, or will it be stocking up on canBlack news from Pasadena - Lifestyle - Youth Corner - October Readingdy and decorations? Either one is fine, but why not pick up a good book? Being that Halloween is right around the corner, try picking up a suspense novel to keep the feeling alive. A great book for the month of October would be Cinder. Cinder, is a novel, second class citizen android who lives alongside humans and fellow androids in New Beijing. In a world that is doomed for destruction, Cinder has to overcome all odds including that her stepmother, her mysterious past, and a forbidden attraction to the prince of Kai; the fate of her earth lies in her hands.

Marissa Meyer, a debut authority seeks to grab the attention of young readers world wide. Pick up her book, and see for yourself the amazing world that Marissa Meyer helped create in the interesting novel it will prove to be.

Dauþas (Death)
by Monrelle Wilson

With joy it will begin
As tears comes with the message it shall send.

So let's tell this story.
Because with despair, it all comes to an end.

The story unfolds
With a man and wife.

They play their part
As a new soul comes to life.

To a boy they give birth
Even as heaven far above

Sees all things,
Even before they are revealed to those on Earth.

He spends his days
In a state of awkward glee.

His life is too short
But that he does not see.

Time goes by,
As innocence becomes adolescence.

He is not yet aware,
Of the danger that lurks in his presence.

A day comes to be
Where life for the boy is at its best
With satisfaction he dreams to end his day
But a sudden end comes to his unfinished quest.

The news not take long
For all is in disarray.

Tears and anguish comes to those,
Who realize that not one more day, he shall play.

As it is apparent,
His days are over and done.

The man and wife,
Must bury their son.

Ife Sangode-Olaitan

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou

I encourage you to perform a RAC, Random Act of Kindness, for someone you know or do not know. Go out of your to make someone feel loved, cared for, thoughtful and special. I guarantee you that they may not remember exactly what you did or said, but they will remember how wonderful they felt when it happened!

Local October Events

FREE Practice SAT's, scores, and Tips for raising them!

Get ready for the Official SAT by taking a practice test proctored and scored by UCAN Prep 4 College. Saturday, October 27th, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m the test will be given.  On Thursday, November 1st, from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. scores will be returned and valuable tips will be given. Call (626) 744-7268 for more information and to register. Space is limited!

  • There will also be a College Application Essay Workshop at La Pintoresca library on Wednesday, October 24th at 5 p.m. Call (626)744-7268 for reservations and more information.
  • There will be a World Music Afternoon at the hastings Branch Library on Thursday October 25th at 4 p.m.
  • El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2012: Blue Milagro presents the 18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos event on Friday, October 26 from 5:00 p.m . to 9:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard and Zona Rosa Caffe located at 15 and 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. The event is free and open to the public and is expected to draw more than 800 members of the community.

A Day in the Life
by Julian Pina

This week marked the first finished week of school for me. With only two days of school for the first week I quickly realized I had a lot more this year than any of the other years.

My first day of school started out like all the other first days. A gloomy depressing cold summer day (despite it being summer), it was the type of day that I was presented with when I came to school. I was dressed nice and came up to the school with shining confidence and a clear view of what grades I was going to get.

Unfortunatly though that all changed when I came into my AP English class. As soon as I went inside I immediately lost all manner and form of confidence of ever enjoying that class. From the huge summer packet to the essay immediately due the next class, I was amazed at the seriousness of the teacher.

After that class I was surprised to know that me and my other junior friends now have possession of our own table up front. Being a junior comes with various privileges as well. For instance freshman and sophomores must move to the side when juniors and seniors walk up to the line. The rest of my classes were pretty hard as well.

 Black news from Pasadena - Lifestyle - Youth Corner - Question of the DayQuestion of the Day . . .

Forget about my week, I wanna hear about yours. How were your classes for this year? Too much or too little? Don't be shy write away! Just don't write an essay I do have other things to do. If you have any questions or just wanna talk, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Rest assured its not a fake email.

 Tip of the Week . . .

Despite how organized you believe you are, you would be even more if you had a planner with you. If I could do freshman and sophmore year over (which I really wish I could) I would have made sure I wrote everything down in a planner. Believe me when I say that it makes school life infinitely more manageable.

For those of you who got the hang of it freshman year, I commend you. For those who didn't, I scold.

 Black news from Pasadena - Lifestyle - Youth Corner - App of the WeekApp of the Week . . .

This weeks app of the week is for music lovers everywhere.

Recently I discovered that every year iTunes has a festival that features new and old artists that all perform through the months of August and September.

The app is free and well worth it for you penny pinchers out there.

The best thing about this app is that you can either stream the performances live from your iPhone, laptop, or iPad or watch the full performance on your device even if they already finished.

For music lovers everywhere I'm here to tell you you all OWE ME.

 Halloween Fashion

It's October, a month in which the famous holiday Halloween takes place. So how fun would it be to discuss the fun and funky costume ideas for the month of October.

First off, there are plenty of classics to choose from. For instance, you can be a classic vampire, nacho eating zombie, or even a non-boring ghost.

This is Halloween, give your creativity a chance. Try putting together random fabrics from clothes that you are thinking of throwing away and try making an outfit fashioned after the ancient Egyptian. The idea is affordable and if you do it right, impressionable.

Have fun this October. Trick or Treat!



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