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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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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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COVID Increased the Importance of Diversity Essays on College Applications: Four Questions to Help You Brainstorm

Diversity statements are an increasingly common requirement on college, graduate and professional school applications. These questions are going to become even more...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 11, 2021
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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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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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College Conversations

The end of your child’s senior year of high school is an exciting time filled with graduation, going away parties, summer trips and lasting memories. During...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 6, 2019
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The Impact of COVID-19 on College Admissions

In these unprecedented times, the concerns of high school juniors (Class of 2021) and their families have revolved around how COVID-19 will impact the college admissions...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 30, 2020
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COVID-19 and College Financial Viability—Will They Survive?

COVID-19 related stresses are likely to hit hardest those institutions that were already weakened by existing market challenges, such as fewer state revenues earmarked...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 1, 2020
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How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 20, 2014
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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

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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Letters of Evaluation (LOE) for Medical School

One of the most important and often least carefully considered components of the medical school application are letters of recommendation, called letters of evaluation...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2021
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DOING COLLEGE

When Student Loans Make Sense

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides families through the complex world of college and graduate school admissions. She helps students identify majors and career paths,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 27, 2015
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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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Assessing Online Learning—Before, During and After COVID-19

4 questions to ask about online learning In less than a year, online learning has gone from being a ‘might have’ to being a ‘must have’...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 20, 2020
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What Will Colleges Look Like in the Fall?

When asked about the impacts of COVID-19 on college campuses this coming...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 21, 2020
There are no comments yet. 9286 Views

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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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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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Trends for the Class of 2022 to Consider

Understanding the reality of today’s college application process is an important element in managing expectations. For instance, the notion that great grades...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 18, 2021
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Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2015
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