Author: juliasurtshin

October 27, 2017 juliasurtshin No comments exist

No, I’m not talking about supersonic travel, but rather fall college fairs sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (www.nacacnet.org) where you can speak directly with admission professionals from dozens of colleges nationwide.        Attending a college fair should be helpful, and leave you feeling energized, optimistic and confident about your…

October 11, 2017 juliasurtshin No comments exist

The Myth If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, “I don’t know what I want to study in college and so how can I figure out where to go to college?” The belief that you need to know what you’re going to major in during college in order to thoughtfully select…

August 24, 2017 juliasurtshin 4 comments

As the new academic year gets underway, now is the time to refocus on how best to meet our goals and aspirations. College-bound high school students, their parents, school- based counselors, and independent college consultants all have at least one goal in common: to have students gain admission to several colleges that meet their academic,…

August 8, 2017 juliasurtshin No comments exist

From Home Education to Higher Education by Lori Dunlap Book Review   Education continues to evolve and the number of students who are homeschooled continues to grow. Here are my thoughts on one “just off the press” resource that recently caught my attention.   From Home Education to Higher Education is a short, very accessible…

July 17, 2017 juliasurtshin No comments exist

  Navigating the transition from high school to college can be fraught with confusion and stress. Students and parents alike can become tied in knots. The people of Colleges That Change Lives are coming to Portland with a program that just might change the way you think about the entire college search process.   Colleges…

September 7, 2016 juliasurtshin No comments exist

A new college guidebook, Follow Your Interests to Find the Right College, by Janet and Paul Marthers, offers students a new way to look for college options. This book groups colleges thematically: by college type and areas of study.   College Types Explained   Other than differences in size and cost, many students don’t understand the…

August 29, 2016 juliasurtshin No comments exist

Yesterday’s thoughtful New York Times opinion piece, Overcoming Freshman Fear, by David Kirp, highlights a few of the challenges that some new college students experience during their first year. Feeling like an imposter at a highly selective college is much more common than you might think and anxiety of any sort certainly makes the first…

June 25, 2016 juliasurtshin 2 comments

Everyone talks about the importance of finding the right fit when selecting a college. But what exactly does “fit” mean? Some college counselors define it as colleges that offer your choice of major, that are academically suitable for you and that your family can afford. Others define it as colleges where you find your “tribe,”…