Author: juliasurtshin

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….

April 16, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

May 1 is Coming                                                                         Seniors — You’ve got two weeks before you need to deposit at the college of your…

January 23, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

Picture a college where the atmosphere is collaborative rather than hierarchical, where students develop close relationships with faculty, and where all students are awarded $2,500 for a study abroad experience? Pretty sweet, wouldn’t you say? Well, that’s Whittier College. What They’re Saying The Fiske Guide’s profile says, “Whittier College is fast becoming a global training…

January 9, 2018 juliasurtshin No comments exist

Although the new year has just begun, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how to spend your summer. Time and money are limited resources – how you spend them says a lot about who you are and what you value. This is why colleges often include questions about your summertime activities in their…

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…