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DOING COLLEGE

Are Early College Applications Right for Me?

Hi Dr. LaScala, I am a junior at San Ramon High and I want to ask you about early admission. It seems confusing, but next year I know I will need to decide if...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 9, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

College Admissons: Apply Early to Secure the Best Financial Aid Package

Dr. LaScala, We read your column all the time on Tuesdays and find your advice helpful. Can you give us some guidance about financial aid? We hear that it may...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 23, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

PLAN or ACT Tests? What Are They and When Do You Take Them?

Dear Dr. LaScala, What is the PLAN test? My daughter's high school offers it to sophomores in the fall. And how does it relate to the ACT? Thanks, John...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 6, 2012
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ART SPACE

Merger of Music and Painting

Last Sunday I attended and participated in a combination art exhibit and concert at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville. Adorning three walls of the sanctuary are...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 30, 2014
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At the Gate

Dr. Christine Hartman's day job is at Livermore Labs, where she is deputy director of the Mission Opportunities Office. In that capacity, she helps...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 7, 2014
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DOING COLLEGE

Keep on Track for the Community College Transfer Path

Dear Dr. LaScala: My family can't afford to send me straight to a 4 year college. My dream is to attend a community college and transfer to UC San Diego. I'm...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 20, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

Six Great Reasons to Use a College Admissions Consultant

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am frustrated by the lack of attention my junior in high school is getting (or rather not getting) about college and career advice. Should...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 5, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

Waitlisted at the UC? What You Should Know Now!

Over the past week, I received many questions regarding waitlists. The first point to bear in mind is that colleges build waitlists to help the college, not the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 16, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

Smart College Financial Aid Strategies

Dear Dr. LaScala: My son is a high school sophomore and the gap between what we can pay and what a college education costs has widened. He has good grades so we...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 25, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

The Up and Down Sides to AP Coursework

A student asks Dr. LaScala: Will AP coursework help me get into college and will these courses get me through college faster? Alex Dear Alex, Depending...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 26, 2012
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ART SPACE

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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DOING COLLEGE

Be Yourself When You Write College Essays

A Reader Writes: Dear Dr. LaScala, Our family reads your articles all the time. There is so much written about the college essay, we would like your thoughts...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 12, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

How to respond to the most important question colleges ask?

Dear Elizabeth LaScala: I hear the supplements of the college applications ask many questions that are tough to answer. Can you help me out with how to write essays...

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

Get Going on Your College Applications Now!

A San Ramon resident asks: Hi Elizabeth! I hate to get you involved in a dispute, but my husband and I need an expert's advice. Our son thinks he should...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 9, 2012
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ART SPACE

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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DOING COLLEGE

We Are Losing Our Minds

We Are Losing Our Minds: A Mass Exodus of California Students By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Once upon a time, California public schools ranked nationally as among...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 20, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

College Applications Go Over The Limit!

A Reader Asks: Hi Dr. LaScala, There is a 1,000 character limit on the Common Application for the short response. How much wiggle room is there? I have...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 8, 2012
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ART SPACE

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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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
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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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