Episode 5 - Know Before No

There are over 4000 colleges and universities in the US. Let me let that sink in for a moment. There are more colleges than there are shopping malls, Apple stores, amusement parks, and national parks COMBINED. I’ve researched and/or visited over one hundred colleges, but I could not begin to name more than maybe 300. 


My question this week is, “How many could you name?” My guess is that most people would name the same 50 -150. So if this is true, why do so many shake their head, “No” to a college they’ve never heard of? 


Where did we learn this? Teachers everywhere teach students that when you don’t know something, if you don’t have the answer, you should ask questions. You can ask the teacher, ask a parent, ask you neighbor, or phone a friend. 


This week our guest, Maria Furtado, the Executive Director and national spokeswoman for Colleges That Change Lives, shares her journey to college. As the first in her family to attend college, Maria applied two golden rules; 1) Follow The Leader, and 2) Know before No.


Maria’s story will open your mind and heart to a group of 44 colleges and inspire you to fall in love with the college admission process. She believes you can land at your perfect destination: YOUniversity.

Guest Bio:

Maria Furtado

Maria Furtado is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, and she worked at two CTCL schools, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida.

Maria speaks all around the country to students, parents and counselors about college rankings and popular misperceptions about college admission, the strength and worth of a liberal arts education, the lifelong value of a college education – the return on investment – and offers tips for students and parents on how to manage the college search.

She really enjoys helping students and families as they take on the college search process, and she believes that finding the right college should be about “fit,” not just settling or chasing the name brand. Maria also believes that it’s OK, and actually preferable, to enjoy talking about colleges. She also thinks the college search should actually be fun.

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