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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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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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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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California College Admisions: One Stop Shopping!

Dear Dr. LaScala, We are just starting the college search and we are hoping it will be easy since my son wants to stay in California. Is there a way to research...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 4, 2011
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The Lost Art of Carquinez Scenic Drive

In The Painted Word, published in 1975, Tom Wolfe wrote about the trend in art away from representationalism and toward reductionism and, ultimately, ephemeralism. Forty...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 4, 2014
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The Year of the Wait List in College Admissions

A reader asks: My daughter was accepted at a number of good colleges, but she was wait-listed at her top choice. We've heard that being on a wait-list is like...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 18, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10183 Views

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Use Facebook to Up Your Chances of College Admisison

A reader asks Dr. LaScala: How much of a role does social networking play in college admissions? Do colleges really have the time to inspect the content of a student's...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 2, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10101 Views

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Exactly What Is A Meaningful Summer in College Admissions?

A Danville resident asks: What exactly is a "meaningful" summer? I have heard this phrase so often, but without any real details. What should high school age...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 16, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10769 Views

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Will You Miss Out on Teacher Recommendations for College Admissions?

Hello Dr. LaScala, My daughter is just finishing her junior year and some of her friends are already asking their teachers for letters of recommendation, especially...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 30, 2011
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Graduate School Admissions: Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

Dear Dr. LaScala: You write a great deal about college admissions, so I wondered what you could tell me about graduate school admissions. I just finished my...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 13, 2011
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Enjoy summer and still keep your child on track for college admission

Dear Dr. LaScala, My son is entering high school in the fall. I have an older daughter who is already in college and I know how much money it costs and how competitive...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 11, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9720 Views

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Transformations

Currently running at Danville's Village Theater Art Gallery is "Lost and Found: an exhibition of upcycled, recycled, and found objects turned into works...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Mar. 18, 2015
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Adding Sports to the College Admission Game

Hello Dr. LaScala, My son might want to continue to swim in college. He will be a sophomore this year and we want to get on track early and avoid making mistakes....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 8, 2011
There are no comments yet. 11063 Views

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Beyond the Right Fit in College Admissions

Dear Dr. LaScala, We always hear about colleges being the "right fit" or a "good match" for a student. What are specific and concrete ways we can help our son...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 22, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10781 Views

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How Do Colleges Actually Evaluate Applicants?

Dr. LaScala, Is there any type of objective system that colleges use to discern what students they will accept? They receive so many applications, they must use...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2011
There are no comments yet. 11248 Views

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Acing the College Admissions Interview

Hi Dr. LaScala, What are your pointers on how to do well in the college admissions interview? Thanks, ~Senior Getting Ready for College Interviews Dear...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 3, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10685 Views

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What's A College Degree Really Worth?

Dear Dr. LaScala: What are the best majors to pursue in terms of job opportunities and earnings? There seems to be much unemployment or underemployment among...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 17, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9954 Views

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Day 1: Primary School

As in colors. Day 1 of our second annual trAction Painting camp, in Pittsburg, CA. Twenty or so kids, ranging in age from really young to less young,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 20, 2015
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Avoid the Top Online College Application Mistakes!

Dear Elizabeth, My daughter is a senior and is preparing her college applications. I guess that a lot of this gets done online now. I'm fairly computer literate,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 31, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10933 Views

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What Activiites Really Count on College Applications?

Dear Dr. LaScala, Our son has just started high school and we are wondering about extracurricular activities. How much do they really count on the college application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 14, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10181 Views
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