Countdown to College - Tips for Juniors to Manage the Process - View the video

Brenda Ward

Brenda Ward
Independent College Counselor
Galin Education

6702 Stonefield Road, Suite 101
Middleton, WI 53562


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Help Topic – College & Career Prep

Before starting her practice as an Independent Educational Consultant, Brenda Ward enjoyed more than 30 years in public education at Verona Area and Beaver Dam Unified School Districts. As a teacher and counselor, she focuses on preparing young adults for college and careers. She has also worked in higher education with the UW-Madison Publications Office and the Office of Educational Portfolios & Career Services in the School of Education. She has been named Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counselors, representative to ACT’s Wisconsin Executive Council, delegate to the UW-System Competency-Based Admission Steering Committee and representative to the WISCareers Advisory Council. She is a licensed Global Career Facilitator and a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Associate Member) and National Career Development Association. Brenda holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois, received her Teacher Licensure – Secondary English from Northern Illinois University and earned her MS in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Junior year is when most young people really begin to focus in on the college planning process. But where do I start, you ask? As an independent college counselor Brenda Ward helps students and parents navigate the ins-and-outs of getting into college. From the first step of building a list of colleges you may want to attend, to making the final decision of where you will go, Brenda reviews the steps to take and offers her best tips for students to make it to their college destination. (Running Time 22:22)