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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
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DOING COLLEGE

What Extracurricular Activities Will Get Me into College?

As a college admission advisor, I hear this question often from parents and students alike. Sometimes students try to amass an array of activities to adorn their...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm | 14 comments | 17642 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Quick! Show Me the Money--the CSS Profile

Timing is critical. For high school seniors who plan to request financial aid, now is the time to determine the forms required at each college on your list. You...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 30, 2013
Last comment by Alec, on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:15 am | 1 comment | 10537 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. 9087 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Jump Start The College Application

The Common Application is used by 488 member colleges to streamline the college application process. These colleges represent 46 US states...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 15, 2013
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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
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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
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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

What DO I Bring to College Next Fall?

Most seniors and their parents by now know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests, filling out...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 20, 2013
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DOING COLLEGE

Save Fast Cash on College Costs

So you are headed off to college in the fall and you have about a million things to do. There are activities to attend, decisions to make and forms to complete....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 6, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8869 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
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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
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DOING COLLEGE

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. 8775 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 9097 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 8541 Views

DOING COLLEGE

The Waiting Game Begins for College Admissions

Hurry Up and Wait: What to Do After the College Applications Are Sent Somehow the admission frenzy has managed to scare our kids—even those at the top of...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 8, 2013
Last comment by Judi, on Jan 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm | 2 comments | 9163 Views

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

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

The Secret Sauce in College Admissions

It is true that showing your interest in a college can be a tip factor in getting that acceptance letter. Visiting your colleges, writing to ask intelligient...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 12, 2012
Last comment by Judi, on Nov 15, 2012 at 7:26 am | 1 comment | 8723 Views

DOING COLLEGE

The Game Plan for the College-Bound Athlelte

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am trying to convince my parents to find a colege advisor to help me deal with the whole college admission stuff. I'm a pretty high level...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 15, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9247 Views
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