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DOING COLLEGE

Is Resistance Futile? Avoiding Serious Misconceptions in College Admissions

Widespread misconceptions flourish in the college admissions world, providing advantages to colleges but often hurting applicants and their families. You can resist...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 3, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

'Tis the Season for Financial Aid in College Admissions!

It's the time of year for college-bound students and their families to prepare for the financial aid season. The online FAFSA becomes available to fill out this...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 26, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

Finding What Fits in College Admissions

As seniors start their final stretch in high school, juniors are just gearing up for college admissions. A question I hear frequently is "How do I put together...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 21, 2013
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DOING COLLEGE

7 Steps to Success: The College Transfer Path

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. My heart skips a beat when I get this type of call, particularly when it...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 5, 2013
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The Controversy over College Costs

One article decries runaway college tuition and rising student debt, placing blame squarely on shoulders of colleges. Writers of these articles believe that colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8989 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Disappointing News about College Admissions? Read On!

Now that acceptances, rejections and waitlist notifications have arrived, some seniors are not too happy with their admission results. Want to try again? That's...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 11063 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What exactly is a meaningful summer?

A student from Danville asks: I keep hearing counselors talk about students having meaningful summers. Well, what exactly does that mean and what are some good...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 19, 2013
There are no comments yet. 9242 Views

DOING COLLEGE

The Little Word That Means A Lot in College Admissions

Many parents are surprised to discover that unless their child is failing and placed on academic probation they will not hear from the student's college or university....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 3, 2013
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DOING COLLEGE

Is It Too Early to Prepare for College?

A San Ramon Reader asks Dr. LaScala: Are there advantages to starting college advising before beginning high school? My son is quite focused and driven; we aren't...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 9194 Views

DOING COLLEGE

When Parents and Students Disagree About College

Waiting until college results are in to deal with differences of opinion between students and their parents about what college to attend is not wise. When the college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2013
There are no comments yet. 12006 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Some Unexpected College Costs

The cost of a college education these days is soaring and out of pocket expenses for families range from costly to obscenely expensive. After accounting for tuition...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 29, 2013
There are no comments yet. 9303 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 13156 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Your Most Powerful Tool for Getting Into College--Use It Now!

As a college admission advisor I give college related advice all year round. One of the most common conversations I have with families is about high school coursework—what...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 1, 2014
There are no comments yet. 15936 Views

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Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities

May and June are important months for constructing college success at earlier grade levels. Most students think about standardized testing in the junior year, but...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 42682 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Congratulations on Getting In! Now How Long to Get Out?

This time of year many high school seniors have made or are about to make the final selection of where to go to college. I am reminded of a statement made by F....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 14082 Views

DOING COLLEGE

When Adult Children Go Off to College: Keeping Your Eye on The Law

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. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 14165 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 12497 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 9628 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 13598 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 8474 Views
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