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DOING COLLEGE

Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2015
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DOING COLLEGE

When Student Loans Make Sense

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides families through the complex world of college and graduate school admissions. She helps students identify majors and career paths,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 27, 2015
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Colleges You Ought to Know

As a college advisor, families often ask me "What makes a college a good college?" Sometimes it’s a school that has a familiar name. But often times...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 7, 2016
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DOING COLLEGE

The Four Must Dos on College Campus Visits

Among the most exciting parts of the college search, and certainly one of the most important, is the campus visit. There is no better way to find out if a college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 21, 2016
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DOING COLLEGE

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and professional school applicants through the complex world of admission. Elizabeth helps students identify majors...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 26, 2016
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ART SPACE

Anatomy of a Summer Camp Project: A Visual Essay, Phase 1

This summer marks the third art camp event my associates and I have staged at Los Medanos Village in Pittsburg. The first year, the kids painted a 7 x 15–foot...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 14, 2016
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DOING COLLEGE

Those Pesky General Education Requirements: How to Make Them Work for You!

Graduating seniors about to attend college or juniors considering which colleges to apply to should look carefully at a college’s general education (GE) requirements....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 28, 2017
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DOING COLLEGE

Buyer Beware! The Ethics of College Essay Workshops

It is important to understand some fundamental truths about college essays. First, many parents ask me if I can help their student with ‘The College Essay.’...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 16, 2017
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DOING COLLEGE

What Exactly Is FAFSA and Why Should You Complete It?

Beginning October 1st, families with college-bound students may file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be approved for Federal Direct Student...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 22, 2017
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DOING COLLEGE

3 Great Ways to Showcase Your Strengths on College Applications!

Gone are the days when you had to rely solely on great essays and interviews to showcase your many talents and strengths! Colleges are making it easier for students...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 19, 2017
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DOING COLLEGE

Why Our College? – How to Tackle the Toughest College Essay

In October of 2016 President Barrack Obama issued a proclamation deeming November National College Application Month He might have been dealing with one application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 22, 2017
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DOING COLLEGE

How Well Is Your High School Preparing Your Student for College

We live in a state with one of the best and most selective state university systems. Seats in the freshman classes at the University of California (UC) campuses...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 16, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

Is A Post Baccalaureate Program Right for You?

Over the last decade there has been a surge of college students who major in the sciences in the hopes of applying to medical or dental school. To be successful,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 26, 2018
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The Steps to Success for the College Transfer Student

A student recently wrote to me. Here is one paragraph from her email communication: “My family can’t afford to send me straight to a 4 year college....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 12, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

5 Steps to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Completing the FAFSA is an important step in the college planning process, and I believe most students benefit from having this document in place. It improves the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 7, 2018
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ART SPACE

Art Al Fresco

By John A. Barry Danville’s public information officer recently posted this: Hearing about so many great ways that people are getting creative while...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 24, 2020
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T’s for You

By John A. Barry What to do if you have 25 medium and large white crew-neck T-shirts, two wheelchairs, a BMX bike, a large quantity of acrylic paint, and...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Aug. 12, 2020
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DOING COLLEGE

College Conversations

The end of your child’s senior year of high school is an exciting time filled with graduation, going away parties, summer trips and lasting memories. During...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 6, 2019
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How Your Email Impacts College Admission Results!

There is a common question I receive each cycle from a number of my clients and the response is a little complex and a bit tricky. Here is the question: What...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 13, 2019
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DOING COLLEGE

The Four Must Dos on College Campus Visits

Among the most exciting parts of the college search, and certainly one of the most important, is the campus visit. There is no better way to find out if a college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 26, 2020
There are no comments yet. 5916 Views
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