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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 Aug. 26, 2013
Last comment by CaseyUseni, 17 hours ago | 1 comment | 4890 Views

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My Guide to Good College Communications Programs

Careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations are among the most desired by college students. However, early success in these...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 5, 2016
Last comment by rakesh23, on Apr 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm | 5 comments | 4394 Views

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When Students Consider Non-Portfolio Design Schools

It is not unusual to find schools, even some very good ones that will admit students with no technical skills to programs in areas such as architecture, fashion...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2015
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:24 am | 2 comments | 3884 Views

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Jump Start The College Admission Essay

Dear Dr. LaScala, We enjoy reading your column. We are the parents of twin girls who will be seniors in high school this fall and both plan to apply to the UC...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 26, 2011
Last comment by katherinemerry, on Jan 23, 2017 at 3:17 am | 4 comments | 6595 Views

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Admitted Early Action? Congratulations! And Next Steps

As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors, who have demonstrated enthusiasm, thoroughness and efficiency by getting their college applications in the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 8, 2016
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm | 1 comment | 4083 Views

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What's Your Major and Other Pesky Questions Colleges Ask

Thousands of high school seniors cruise through college applications, completing basic contact information, high school coursework and grades, test scores and activities...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 9, 2016
Last comment by EmilyG, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:49 am | 3 comments | 2003 Views

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Does Applying to More Get You Through the Door? Why More Is Not Better in College Admissions

“If 10% of applicants are accepted to the most selective schools to which I apply, doesn’t that mean I will have a better than 1 in 10 chance...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 21, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Jul 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 3133 Views

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Selecting the Right College Essay Workshop

Understanding some fundamentals about the essays colleges ask students to submit with their applications can help you make more informed decisions about getting...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 18, 2016
There are no comments yet. 3010 Views

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Student Loans That Make Sense

The wide availability of student loans in the US reflects the value our nation places on access to higher education. As a college admission counselor, I have worked...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2013
Last comment by webbrowan, on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm | 11 comments | 13223 Views

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The Good College: 4 Top Schools for Engineering

There has always been great demand for college students with engineering degrees. Engineers and, the engineering they do, serve to help all of us in our busy modern...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 5, 2016
Last comment by eatandbmerrie, on Mar 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm | 3 comments | 3720 Views

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5 TopTips to Tackle The UC Essays

Seniors all over the country are busy writing their college application essays. Juniors will be doing the same task next year. Students applying to the UC are...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 6, 2012
Last comment by KamranAhmed, on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm | 2 comments | 7215 Views

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Taking SAT Subject Tests: Greater Flexibility or More Murkiness

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admission. Elizabeth helps students identify majors...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2015
Last comment by Charles Kipkorir, on Jul 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm | 2 comments | 6134 Views

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The Ethics of Writing College Application Essays

Understanding some fundamentals about the essays colleges ask students to submit with their applications can help you make more informed decisions about getting...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 6, 2015
Last comment by Conservator, on Jul 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | 1 comment | 5088 Views

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Can You Get a Job with That?

In his presentation "Can You Get a Job with That?" Stuart Nachbar, noted education writer and college counselor states "A good school...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 31, 2015
Last comment by GothBeer, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:58 am | 3 comments | 6451 Views

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Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Experiences

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides families through the complex world of college admission. She helps students identify college majors and career paths, develops good...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 20, 2015
Last comment by MsJulle, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:52 am | 1 comment | 3667 Views

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Public Ivy Schools for 2015--Going By the ?Virginia Rule?

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admission. Elizabeth helps students identify majors...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 20, 2015
Last comment by beentheredonethat, on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm | 7 comments | 9652 Views

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Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

Early Decision is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student's commitment...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Johnny English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:38 am | 2 comments | 10034 Views

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Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
Last comment by John English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:34 am | 1 comment | 5415 Views

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Should Your Sophomore Take The October PSAT? And More on Standardized Testing...

In March, The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT (once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now simply known as the SAT), announced plans...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 12, 2014
Last comment by Tim, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:31 am | 3 comments | 11980 Views

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Thanksgiving Transfer Fever!

Thanksgiving is a time filled with family, turkey, football, and in many houses newly returned freshmen. After they've cleared the cupboards, lounged on the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 25, 2014
Last comment by John, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:27 am | 1 comment | 7166 Views
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Nominations due Monday for TV30’s Tri-Valley ‘Coach of the Year’ award
By Jeb Bing | 1 comment | 242 views

 

2017 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The 2017 Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

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