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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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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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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

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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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

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

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

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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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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AROUND TOWN

Remembering their sacrifice on Memorial Day

For a city that's known for its downtown parades, the county fair and a shopper's paradise with a regional mall and historic downtown, Memorial Day always offers...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on May. 22, 2009
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AROUND TOWN

Golf course road fading into history

Happy Valley residents who have waited at least 10 years for a bypass road that would keep golfers heading to Callippe Preserve Golf Course from having to use Alisal...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on May. 30, 2009
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AROUND TOWN

Kay Huff's ladies' day gains in popularity

It's Fair time starting July 1 and once again hundreds are signing up for Kay's Ladies' Day at the Races, scheduled this year for post time at 12:15 p.m. Friday,...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jun. 29, 2009
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