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Productivity and Flexibility

by Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting  Flexibility is the ability to adapt and shift between tasks. This includes shifting in attention and focus, energy, and pace. Flexible thinking allows us to multitask and move between projects that will help us be successful throughout the day.   A common example of an interruption in flexibility is what I refer …

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DIY College Admissions

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor With the Internet, many people now believe they can “do it yourself” (DIY).  Perhaps you know a neighbor, friend, or family member who has tested out the do it alone route rather than utilizing expert guidance.  Let me share a few examples, including college planning, comparing how DIY works versus leveraging professional …

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Performance, Self-Esteem, and Isolation

 By Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Performance is the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function. In terms of a student, performance is the grades they are earning, the scores they’re getting on tests, and difficulty of classes they are in. The same goes for athletics. Are you a starter? Are you …

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An Encounter with University of Colorado

By Dave Best, Galin Education College Counselor Located in Boulder, CO, University of Colorado-Boulder is one of 34 public research universities that belong to the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region. This summer the school added the CU Boulder Guarantee, which means all new undergraduate students receive a 4-year guarantee that tuition …

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An Encounter with Villanova University

 by Dave Best Located 12 miles West of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Villanova University is an Augustinian Catholic university where students are challenged by a rigorous academic experience rooted in the liberal arts and shaped in a community where students and professors are partners in learning. Villanova prides itself in preparing “students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life …

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Managing Your Social Media Presence

 by Dave Best You are part of the social media generation. Like many in high school, you chronicle much of your everyday life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for friends and family to see. Colleges are also watching. Will they genuinely like what they see and recommend you for admission, or will they be concerned? Beyond shaping your college application, …

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The Thoughts in our Heads

 by Scott Lutostanski When talking about executive function (EF) skills, most people get lost in the external appearance of the struggles. This makes sense because, often times, we see the byproduct right in front of our faces. Many times, the executive function issues are decision making, impulsivity, and emotional regulation. These create easy issues to spot at home and even …

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An Encounter with University of Pennsylvania

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania is a highly selective, private institution that is part of the Ivy League. Visiting Penn, it seems like you are stepping back in time. Benjamin Franklin was its founder, and in fact it claims to be America’s first university. Penn achieved that distinction in …

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Colleges in Canada

 by Dave Best – Galin Education College Counselor Dreaming to spend a semester abroad in college? You probably don’t realize, but there are actually affordable options to attend college in a foreign country: world renowned schools just north of the United States in major cosmopolitan cities in Canada. Some students believe they cannot leave their home state because private colleges …

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Perfectionism and Being Good Enough

 by Scott Lutostanski – Galin Education Director of Academic Consulting  Perfectionism starts with the phrase “good enough.” Each one of us defines “good enough” on an individual basis. Take a high school wrestler. Each wrestler decides what is “good enough.” One wrestler may have a record of 12 wins and 12 losses and be satisfied with the performance. Another may …