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LOL (LESSONS ON LAUGHTER)

Insert 'Jaws' theme song here

This week is a special week. Not because school looms on the horizon, not because of the panicked scramble for on sale pencils and notebooks. This is Shark Week....

Original post made by Sierra Rhodes on Aug. 6, 2013
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LOL (LESSONS ON LAUGHTER)

Hefty holidays

I'm dreaming of a thin Christmas. A holiday season where I don't compulsively eat twelve ginger snaps at one time, where I can put down the fourth York mint patty,...

Original post made by Sierra Rhodes on Dec. 23, 2013
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DOING COLLEGE

So You Are Planning on a Career in Law? Read on!

Different colleges offer different programs and services to help undergraduate students prepare for admission to law school and to find internships and other opportunities...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 24, 2016
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DOING COLLEGE

Two College Applications Go Live!

The 4th of July signals celebration, BBQs and firework displays commemorating our independence, but in the college admissions world, this week also marks the opening...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 4, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

Trends for the Class of 2019 to Consider

Understanding the reality of today’s college application process is an important element in managing expectations. One trend that we advisors have observed...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 21, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

Making the Most of Your College Visit

As a college advisor for the past 15 years, I believe the best way for prospective students to get to know a college or university is to visit. Finding the right...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 20, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

How to Be Certain You’ll Get In!

While some students stress over their ability to be accepted at highly selective colleges, there is a category of colleges that think quite differently about admissibility....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 4, 2019
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DOING COLLEGE

Finishing Strong: Colleges Can Revoke Admission Offers

You worked too hard to get into college to mess with it now. Seniors should bear in mind that their remaining high school grades can affect their new relationship...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 12, 2020
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DOING COLLEGE

Letters of Evaluation (LOE) for Medical School

One of the most important and often least carefully considered components of the medical school application are letters of recommendation, called letters of evaluation...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2021
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DOING COLLEGE

The Up and Down Sides to AP Coursework

A student asks Dr. LaScala: Will AP coursework help me get into college and will these courses get me through college faster? Alex Dear Alex, Depending...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 26, 2012
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ART SPACE

Symbolike April

“April is the cruellest month” opens T.S Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” He wasn’t writing about the IRS, but the fourth month can...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 31, 2016
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DOING COLLEGE

An Insider's Look at College Advising

Applying to college can be one of the most bewildering as well as rewarding experiences for high school students and their families. I thought I would start my...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 3, 2013
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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

It's Not Enough to Say You Are A Good Match for A College. Prove It!

Many colleges include a prompt that asks the question "Why do you want to attend our college?" You will see this item in different forms, such as "How did you first...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 11, 2014
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DOING COLLEGE

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 20, 2014
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DOING COLLEGE

Join in the College Crowd

Whenever you visit a college campus, especially for the first time, keep in mind that getting around is as important as looking around. You might be blown away by...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 15, 2015
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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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DOING COLLEGE

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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