In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with Maria Furtado, the Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives – a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.
Maria 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 and that the search process should be fun.
In this episode, Maria explains CTCL’s mission and how CTCL colleges are the same and how they differ from other liberal arts colleges.
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About 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 has worked at two CTCL schools.
Maria speaks all around the country to students, parents and counselors about college rankings and popular misconceptions about college admission, and the strength and worth of a liberal arts education.
“A liberal arts educations is (a) not just for liberals and (b) not just about the arts.”
“The goal of a liberal arts education is to touch many different academic areas…to scratch the educational itch sometimes the students don’t realize they have.”
“You can do the college admissions process without it being miserable.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Hold on to your sense of humor.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Ignore the hype.
Q4: What is your all-time favorite book?
A4: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood*
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Get In Touch with Maria
- Colleges That Change Lives Website
- Colleges That Change Lives on Twitter
- Colleges That Change Lives on Facebook
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