Bust Through Writer’s Block

    by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director   There is never a convenient time to experience writer’s block. That said, writer’s block is especially inconvenient for our rising seniors, who are preparing personal statements and supplemental essays for college applications. Therefore, knowing how to bust through writer’s block is a necessary skill—and below are four ways you can do …

The Buzz Around “Test Optional”

   by Brenda Ward – Director of College Counseling When the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s most prestigious research universities, announced this summer that it would be test optional—meaning it would no longer require an ACT or SAT score from applicants—the buzz was heard around the admissions world. The University of Chicago was one of over 100 higher …

Supplemental Essays are Coming—Are You Ready?

     by Eric Lynne, Assistant Director In addition to a standard personal statement essay, many schools require students to write and submit supplemental essays. These additional essays come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles depending on what the school is trying to learn about its applicant pool. Some students mistakenly believe that these supplemental essays are less important …

Executive Function Ideas for the Summer

      by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting   The summer months bring relaxation, downtime, and fun. Even with camps and jobs, students generally still have much more free time than they do during the school year. When it comes to executive function skills, students are able to shut off and build up a little rust. In …

Thinking About Majors in High School

     Kelli Richards, College Counselor “What are you planning to study in college?” Some people assume that if you are applying to college you should have a major in mind. I don’t think that a high school senior should definitively decide his or her major before entering college, but the high school years are a great time to begin …

Avoid the Summer Slide

        by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director It’s no secret, and it’s no surprise: academically, many students fall backwards in the summer months. Without the daily math practice, required reading, and other school work, students—to no real fault of their own—forget a lot of what they’ve learned in the previous school year. Though school might be out, …

Preparing for Admissions Interviews

   by Pat Walsh – College Counselor   One of the most overlooked opportunities of the college search process is the admission interview. From the University of Southern California to Yale University, there are a number of Colleges that offer this opportunity. Many universities don’t require, but encourage, students to sign up for this 45-60 minute conversation. Take my word …

Teacher Recommendations: Act Now!

A vital part of the admissions application is the teacher recommendation. Many schools require one and some even ask for two or three. The time to initially ask for these recommendations is toward the end of junior year—so if you are a junior who hasn’t asked teachers yet, the time is now! There are some generally accepted guidelines as to …

3 Ways to Manage Test Stress

           by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director As you may have noticed from a recent visit to the Galin Offices or our latest newsletters, we are sponsoring and preparing for a screening of the film Angst, an event we hope will spark more conversations about anxiety, mental health, and how to best support our students. This …

4 Tips for Prepping for the ACT and SAT Over the Summer

    by Colleen McGeehan – Director of Instructor Summer is quickly approaching! As you begin planning out those summer calendars, it might be a good idea to consider how SAT/ACT prep might fit into the schedule. During the school year, students are often overbooked with myriad extracurriculars and homework for their courses. The summer presents an opportunity to really …