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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 You Need to Do Before Your Child Goes to College

Did you know that once children turn 18, parents lose the legal authority to make decisions for them? An individual who has reached the age of 18 is considered...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 25, 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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ART SPACE

Proto-trAction Painting

I (John) paint with bikes, scooters, skates, and other wheeled conveyances. I count Jackson Pollock as a primary influence. Pollock was the avatar of Action Painting,...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Mar. 7, 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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DOING COLLEGE

Tell Me More about UC-Urvine

Welcome to the third in a series of articles about the University of California system. For the sake of fairness, going alphabetically, the first article was all...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 26, 2018
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DOING COLLEGE

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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ART SPACE

Fire

By John A. Barry I’m very late in getting this written, but you still have a chance to visit No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, at the Oakland...

Original post made by John A. Barry and Bill Carmel on Jan. 20, 2020
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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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ART SPACE

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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DOING COLLEGE

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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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

Finding ways to stay active

I recently went to go shoot some hoops at Fallon park with a few friends. Although none of us were ever on a high school or college basketball team, we had been...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 17, 2022
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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
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DOING COLLEGE

The Impact of COVID-19 on Our High School Juniors and Seniors

Without a doubt, your life has been already impacted by the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing, self-quarantine, voluntary or mandatory school...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 25, 2020
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DOING COLLEGE

What Seniors Must Know Before They Make Their College Choice

Spring break is over and thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, you have had plenty of time to wait, wonder and worry about your college options for next fall. Now is the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2020
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