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May 19, 2021 juliasurtshin

Amna Khalid and Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, professors at Carleton College, recently wrote a thoughtful opinion piece, Don’t Mistake Training with Education, in which they highlighted the stark differences between these two, often confused, forms of teaching. Although the article was written to demonstrate how diversity training is insufficient for effectively addressing complex issues such as…

April 4, 2021 juliasurtshin

Courtesy of Dr. Steven R. Antonoff & Independent Educational Consultants Association Dr. Antonoff is a nationally known expert in the field of independent college consulting, the author of several books, and a close professional colleague. I am continually impressed by the scope of his knowledge and the wisdom of his perspective. Students and parents alike…

August 15, 2020 juliasurtshin

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the spring administrations of the ACT and SAT to be cancelled, many colleges declared that they would become “test optional”. Plans ranged from test optional for students applying for the Class of 2021 only, to test optional as a complete change in policy for the foreseeable future. But test optional?…

July 17, 2020 juliasurtshin

If you’re like most parents, you want your student to navigate the college admission process with curiosity, confidence, and optimism. That’s a tall order in the best of times, and as we all know, these are not necessarily the best (or easiest) of times. So what’s a parent to do? One thing you can do…

June 19, 2020 juliasurtshin

In a previous blog post I wrote that researching colleges is like peeling onions. There are many layers to examine. You start by using readily available resources and then, step-by-step, move to an increasingly more intimate understanding of a school’s core nature by visiting and talking with people. Unfortunately, options for visiting colleges are slim…

May 18, 2020 juliasurtshin

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

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?”…

March 16, 2020 juliasurtshin

Seeing is believing – we all know that. Whether you’re a senior trying to decide between your offers of acceptance or a sophomore or junior looking to add context to your college search, visiting colleges is often the Spring Break activity of choice. So what to do when colleges are closing campuses, cancelling visitation events…

March 11, 2019 juliasurtshin

March is here, there’s finally some sunshine, and college searches are getting ramped up. Juniors are taking standardized tests and families are planning Spring Break college tours. This is a time when, unless you’re working with a dedicated professional, it’s easy to get carried away. Putting the Cart Before the Horse If you’re regularly checking…

October 10, 2018 juliasurtshin

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…