Author: juliasurtshin

May 18, 2020 juliasurtshin No comments exist

As a recent guest on The College Financial Lady’s Facebook Live series, Ask The Experts, I was called upon to address this topic. This is drawn from my remarks. Obviously this is of huge concern because finding good college “matches” is key to college success and “match” is based on the coming together of student…

April 15, 2020 juliasurtshin No comments exist

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar featuring several college admission professionals: Adam Ingersoll, founder of Compass Prep, a leader in the testing industry; Jonathan Burdick, Vice Provost for Enrollment at Cornell University, and college counselors from several selective private schools nationwide. They were all discussing, “Where Do We Go From Here?”…

October 10, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

On Sunday, October 28 (1 pm-5 pm) and Monday, October 29 (9 am-Noon), the National Association for College Admission Counseling  National College Fair will be at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This presents a fantastic opportunity for students and their families to learn more about the college application process, connect with representatives from individual colleges…

October 5, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the gateway for obtaining student financial aid. On October 1 the 2019-2020 FAFSA went live online. Therefore, students who will be attending college in 2019-2020 should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible. Keep in Mind 1. As the name says, it is the Free Application for…

July 18, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

“With my grades and test scores, where can I get in?” Oftentimes this is the first question students ask when they come for an initial appointment. Typically I respond that I don’t know them well enough to answer that question, and respectfully add that they have, in my opinion, asked the wrong question. It is…

June 20, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

This timely op-ed piece from the New York Times is important reading for everyone. Read it, share it, post it. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-gedye-college-mental-health-20180615-story.html Students, know that your friends, your parents, your teachers, everyone is more concerned with your welfare than with your grades. If you have more than just a few days when you don’t feel okay, please let…

May 1, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

Do you have a soon-to-be senior? Maybe a rising junior? Is the “whole college thing” frequenting your radar screen more often than ever? If so, keep reading. If you think that this “college stuff” is intrusive, let me tell you that your college-bound teen is probably way more stressed about this transition than you are….