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Early Decisions Are Here—Yes, No and Maybe

by Brenda Ward – Galin Education Director of College Counseling This is the week that most early decisions come back, so we understand seniors feeling a little anxious!  We’re all hoping they get the “Congratulations” text, but it’s also possible to get one of the less welcome messages: the “You’ve been deferred” text or the more difficult, “Sorry” (along with …

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If You Want to be a Lawyer

by Krista Sterken I recently attended an event for college students who plan to become lawyers – an excellent plan, in my view (I’m a lawyer).  I was there to give advice, so I gave some advance thought to how to best navigate this particular path.  These are my suggestions.   Focus on the Basics Practicing law is heavy on …

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7 Key Components of a Rock Solid Final Exam Study Plan

   by Scott Lutostanski – Galin Education Director of Academic Consulting When it comes to working with students on finals, I have seen the same problems repeat themselves over and over, semester after semester. Some students wait too long before getting started. Some underestimate the preparation needed for the test. Others just can’t get started. And others dedicate all their …

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A Sports Star Approach to ACT/SAT Preparation

  by Eric Lynne I am no sports star—never was—but I do work with a lot of student athletes here at Galin Education. The amount of time and energy students put into athletics amazes me. My students often get up early to go to practice before school and stay afterwards for additional workouts. They train both in season and in …

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Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner

by Lynn Kaplan – Director of Client Services Normally a holiday for filling yourself with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gratitude, Thanksgiving this year may be filling your child with anxiety and dread. Why? Because college application deadlines are just around the corner—and relatives want to hear about it. Best case scenario? All applications are in, your child has been …

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So Your 1st Quarter Was Rough

  by Scott Lutostanski – Galin Education Director of Academic Consulting One of the more common stories is hear is a middle or high school student getting off to a very rocky start the first quarter of school. Or for a college student, their first semester does not go nearly as well as anticipated. Generally, these types of rough starts …

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Proactive Recruiting as a Student-athlete

   by Kelli Richards – Galin Education College Counselor College is a great place to learn more about yourself, dive into a subject you love to study and be a part of something. Do you dream about that “something” being an athletic team? Do you love your sport, your teammates and want to continue growing as a student and athlete …

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TRUDGE: The First Step to Prepare for Tests

  by Eric Lynne – Galin Education Assistant Director Back in my high school days, not too long ago, when I would study for tests, I was only so-so. Sometimes I’d study ‘til my eyes were all red, ‘til every fact and figure was stuck in my head. And though I thought I had studied more than enough, on test …

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A Tale of Two Tweets: Social Media Management

  by Eric Lynne – Galin Education Assistant Director As students are preparing to apply and introduce themselves to colleges across the country, it is worth reminding them that social media can cause the best of times or the worst of times. Just ask Justine Sacco and Aaron Durand. Let’s start with the worst of times. As Justine Sacco was …

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College Visits Are Worth It!

  by Brenda Ward – Galin Education Director of College Counseling As a college counselor, I always recommend college visits, and the upcoming fall break is a perfect time to hop in a car or plane and head off to campuses so students can see the red brick and quadrangles for themselves! Before the trip, however, it’s important to clarify …