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Trish Portnoy, CPA, MS ED


NEW RELEASE: A Quick-Read Guide for Parents

How to Help Your High School Senior Apply to College - The Parents’ Guide to the College Application Process Parents hope to help their children through the most challenging time of their young lives - applying to college. Often, parents don't know exactly what to do to help and kids don't know what they need help with. Lol. What to do? How to Help Your High School Senior Apply to College explains the process in a 30-minute or so read, outlining the steps required to understand the application process.

The process of applying to college is all about organization and time management. A roadmap for students and parents...fast-paced, step-by-step, and task-oriented, Trish encourages a cooperative approach, creating a space for students and parents to develop and implement a shared strategy and, ultimately, achieve success.

"Our children have never managed a project of this size...compare it to planning a wedding or Sweet 16. They're not ready to do this alone. Even if you have never gone to college yourself...your skillset and life experience are desperately needed throughout this project, and then some."

After following Trish's steps and worksheets, your child (and you) will be able to identify their top colleges. It will be really difficult to NOT make this decision for them. Offer suggestions and gentle guidance. Be an OBSERVER during this time. Please try to let ideas and opinions unfold as they should. Otherwise, it's a sure-fire way to take the blame for a major life decision that just didn't work out. Trust the Process!
College Apps: Selecting, Applying to, and Paying for the Right College for You
Trish Portnoy, CPA, MS ED


Simplifying the entire “going to college” process for students and parents

Attention high school seniors and students! This book should be a breeze to read. I’ve been teaching high school students for more than 15 years, and I know what it takes to keep you engaged while guiding you through this critical and often stressful time.

You have many people to assist you in this process, including your parents, guidance counselor, teachers, siblings, and family friends and relatives. Accept their input and guidance. Listen to their stories, advice, and warnings. Take it all in, contemplate their concerns and guidance, and then synthesize a plan of your own design. The results of your efforts will be revealed during the spring and summer of your senior year. At that time, you will make sound, confident choices with regard to career direction, college selection, and financial and resource management. Your stress about the transition to college will be reduced because you’ll know what is expected, you’ll comprehend the U.S. higher education system, and you’ll be aware of its potential pitfalls and risks.

I wish you good luck during this time of planning and dreams. It is very exciting, full of promise, growth, and action. Be prepared—you need to complete and manage many responsibilities and requirements. Ask for help and direction when you need it; don’t lose focus. From all the craziness, a path will emerge. Follow it.

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About Trish Portnoy

Trish Portnoy has been teaching at the West Islip School District since 1997. She’s earned degrees from Lehigh University, Dowling College and LIU Post. Trish is a natural helper who loves to answer questions, give advice and simplify life. Her brother-in-law, Adam calls her “Tell it like it is Trish.” This is Trish’s second book about applying to college and the first in her ASK Trish series.