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Local Landscapes

Landscape painting has historically ranked low in the genre hierarchy in the post-Renaissance Western world (landscape painting was already well established in China...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Apr. 1, 2011
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Waitlists at the University of California! Say WHAT?

A Danville student asks: I just heard that the UC is using waitlists this year. Is that true? What should I do if I am wait-listed at my first choice UC? Since...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 21, 2011
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Dramatic Shift in the Way University of California Evaluates Our Students

The University of California announced major policy and admission requirement changes for students applying next year. These modifications should not change the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 8, 2011
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Teens Tyrannized by College Admissions Pressure

A reader writes: I am worried about the stress levels at our high school campus and the effect it is having on my daughter. She is a junior and is quite anxious...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 21, 2011
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Take the Stress Out of College Admissions by Taking Charge Now!

Many of us can recall the days when students applied to one, or perhaps two or three colleges, got accepted to their first choice school, and were done. Today, when...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 7, 2011
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DOING COLLEGE

NEW College Programs and Majors 2010-2011

Dear Dr. LaScala: I am a junior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. My parents often show me your articles and I have a question for you. I am just beginning...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 24, 2011
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University of California Drops SAT Subject Test Requirement

Question: I enjoy your responses to readers' questions and look for your column on Tuesdays. I've just heard that there are changes in the SAT Subject Test requirements...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 10, 2011
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What are the top factors colleges use to evaluate applicants?

A Danville resident asks: Counselors at our high school are so busy with seniors that the younger students do not get much attention. My daughter is a junior...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 27, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

?Tis the Season for Financial Aid !

It's the time to prepare for the financial aid season because the online FAFSA becomes available to fill out this January 1st 2011. Since many colleges award federal...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Making Personal Contacts in College Admission

A reader asks: I read with interest your last column about college admission. However, I am not certain how one contacts a college prior to sending the application....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 29, 2010
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Images of Saint Nick

I'm about to head off for the holidays and contemplate prospects for the coming year and columns. When I return, I plan to start a culinary/visual arts tour of some...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 29, 2010
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Secrets of the College Application Process

A resident asks: I have read your articles for some time and have enjoyed them. They are always informative and interesting. I have one son in college and another...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 15, 2010
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'Bollywood' On Bollinger

The term "Bollywood" (a portmanteau of Bombay and Hollywood) tends to evoke images of "Slumdog Millionaire" or lush, extravagant musical productions. On November...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 15, 2010
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Academic Separation from College: What's Next?

A Danville parent asks: My son received a letter of academic separation from the university he attended last year in New York State. He did not want to leave and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 1, 2010
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Strong Artistic Views

San Ramon artist Kevin Davidson (whom I profiled in a past column) recently acted on a whim. He decided to contact the Vatican to determine how to submit his spiritual...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 26, 2010
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Early Test Preparation Can Hurt College Admission

A grandmother asks: Is it my imagination or is the college application process starting earlier each year? I have nine grandchildren and four of them are in high...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 18, 2010
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Does test preparation really help in college admission?

An Alamo resident asks: I don't mind spending money if it's well spent. What are the benefits of test prep? Does it work and how much do test scores count in...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2010
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Art About Art

From the Greek comes the word ekphrasis, meaning description. A synesthetic art form, ekphrasis is a poem written about another form of art—most often a painting....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 21, 2010
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Colleges want to know why you are applying. Here's how to respond to this important question!

Question: I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 19, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Common Application Can Streamline College Admissions

Question: I keep hearing about the Common Application? What is it and why is it important? ~Danville resident Dr. LaScala responds: The Common Application (www.commonapp.org)...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2010
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