Plan to spend an exciting day at the 2018 SERF College Fair!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lincoln Sudbury High School

390 Lincoln Rd.

Sudbury, MA  01776

Schedule of Events

Pre-Fair Session for LSRHS Sophomores, Juniors and Parents only: 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Exhibit Hall of Colleges: 1:00- 3:00 P.M.
Informational Seminars: 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Closing Keynote Address: 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Plan ahead to get the most out of all that the SERF College Fair has to offer:

  • Keep checking this website for updated listings of the more than 100 Colleges and Gap Year programs that will be in attendance.
  • Students, be sure to make of list of the schools you want to visit with, but leave time for investigating others.
  • Parents, review the times and listings of the seminars offered concurrently with the College Fair (preview below).
  • Students and parents, plan on staying to listen to our keynote speaker.


College Fair Seminar - classroom College Fair Seminar auditorium


Seminars will be held between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on a variety of great topics.  There are multiple options for the 1:00 pm and 2:00pm time slots.  Please read on for more information on our exciting offerings and on our Keynote address.

Special Pre-Fair Seminar for LSRHS Sophomores, Juniors & Families

12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Naviance 101: An Introduction for LSRHS Students & Parents


Presented by LSRHS Counseling Department

This special seminar is a supplement to the LSRHS Counseling Department’s college counseling curriculum and will provide an excellent opportunity for both students and their parents to become better acquainted with this web-based tool used for post-graduate planning. Session recommended for sophomore and junior families.


Choice of Topics Offered in Two Sessions Concurrently with College Fair:

1:10 – 2:00pm

College Admissions Testing: A Roadmap for the SAT, ACT & Other Tests


Drew Heilpern, PhD, Summit Educational Group

We will explain the role of the SAT and ACT in the college admissions process and examine sample problems to highlight the differences so that students can make an informed decision about which to take.  We hope help guide families to prepare for the tests and reduce the anxiety that surrounds testing.

Boost Your College Experience With a Gap Year

 Choral Room

Sandy Storer, A Gap Away

Colleges are taking favorable notice as more and more students are benefiting from an intentionally planned “gap year” before beginning college. Come learn the why, what, and how of the gap year experience. We will also cover the range of activities that can constitute a gap year, the general planning process, issues of affordability, and safety considerations.

Know Yourself Before You Show Yourself: Why Knowing Who You Are May Be the Missing Link in Your College Search Process

Library Classroom

 Christina Granahan, Granahan Coaching & Consulting

This workshop will demonstrate how coaching allows students to discover what makes them uniquely them – from their learning, thinking and motivation styles, to what drives their decision-making and social choices. Students will be better able to narrow their school choices to those that best meet their needs and craft an application that reflects who they truly are.

Cultivating Leadership: The Importance of Leadership in the College Process

Lecture Hall

Alex Peruta, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring

Join Alex Peruta, expert leading tutor and educational consultant, to learn precisely why leadership experiences are so important to colleges. Learn to pick unique leadership experiences that will fit your personality, student profile, and interests. Walk away with a clear idea of the different leadership opportunities and get ready to make your college resume stand out amongst the rest!

Hands-on Naviance Parent Workshop for LSRHS Families (Advance RSVP Necessary)

Computer Lab

LSRHS Counseling Department


2:10 – 3:00pm

Managing Stress & Conquering Anxiety:
A Healthy Approach to the SAT and ACT


Travis Minor, Open Door Education

This seminar will help families take a smart, healthy approach to testing, arming students with the skills and habits that will prepare them to rise to the challenge of testing and achieve their goals.

Conquering the College Essay: Bringing Your Application to Life

Lecture Hall

Jamie Gossels, Educational Consultant, JGossels College Consulting

For many, the college essay is the most stressful part of the application. Instead of thinking of it as an insurmountable hurdle, view it as a unique opportunity to introduce yourself. We’ll explore all aspects of the essay process: brainstorming ideas, dos and don’ts for effective writing, how to approach the Why College X essay, and how parents can help (or hurt).

Bring Sanity to the Search: Parent Tips & Timelines to Help Your Child Manage Their College Process

Choral Room

Katelyn Gleason Klapper, CEP College Options & 
Dan Schuler, LSRHS Counseling Department

Join us for a conversation about parenting roles during the college search process and strategies to help keep the stress from building.  Develop a plan and timeline that is right for your son or daughter and understand how to balance being helpful with prompting the independence and self-advocacy that is crucial to successful transition to college. We will provide tips for starting a healthy college conversation and adapting college search milestones to your family’s needs, as well as ideas for staying involved without taking over the process.

Navigating the College Search & Application Process for Students with Learning Differences

Library Classroom

Catie Costello, College Options &
Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished

This session will provide families with tools and strategies to help navigate the college process for students with learning differences. Topics include: Student self-awareness/ self-advocacy in college; readiness/ transition; identifying and evaluating college support services; campus visits and the critical OSDS meeting; LD application strategies for testing, disclosure, documentation and waivers.

Hands-on Naviance Parent Workshop for LSRHS Families (Advance RSVP Necessary)

Computer Lab

LSRHS Counseling Department


Closing Keynote Address

3:00 – 3:50 pm 

College Admissions – Looking Beyond the Rankings to Find the Right Fit   


Presented by Maria Furtado, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives


Maria Furtado Keynote SpeakerToo often the media stories scare students and parents as they approach the college search process. This should be a joyful time, not a high stakes game which neglects the individual fit. Find out why this happens and how the process can be approached with a focus on the student–not the rankings and ratings–in order to determine a great college choice. CTCL is a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.


Please plan to stay after the college fair tables close for our nationally recognized and dynamic keynote speaker!