Doing College Blog

Check out my blog where I routinely reveal information that can help guide you even more. I usually post concurrent to the admissions cycle so it is relevant to you. If you have any specific questions or concerns, drop me a line and I will do my best to help address them!

February 6, 2019

How Important Is Demonstrated Interest?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD As college admit rates fall at most top colleges, and the number of applicants rise, it […]
December 21, 2018

Can You Afford Your ‘Dream School’?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Does your child have their heart set on a “dream school”? If determination carries her forward, […]
November 27, 2018

Value by Design: Meeting the Interests of the Artistic Student

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD A big obstacle for a student who wishes to study the arts is the widely held […]
November 20, 2018

Is Graduate School the Sensible Next Step After College?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Some high school students know they want a graduate or professional degree even before they start […]
October 20, 2018

Making the Most of Your College Visit

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD As a college advisor for the past 15 years, I believe the best way for prospective […]
October 17, 2018

College Profile: Tell Me More about University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD UCLA has been called America’s finest urban public university—and one of the best research universities in […]
October 7, 2018

5 Steps to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Completing the FAFSA is an important step in the college planning process, and I believe most […]
August 21, 2018

Trends for the Class of 2019 to Consider

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Understanding the reality of today’s college application process is an important element in managing expectations. One […]
August 21, 2018

An Inside Look at College Advising

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Applying to college can be one of the most bewildering as well as rewarding experiences for […]
August 21, 2018

The Steps to Success for the College Transfer Student

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD A student recently wrote to me. Here is one paragraph from her email communication: “My family […]
June 24, 2018

College Profile: Tell Me More about UC-Urvine

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Welcome to the third in a series of articles about the University of California system. For […]
April 26, 2018

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 […]
April 20, 2018

Thinking Premed? What You Should Be Thinking About

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD One of my specialty areas is graduate and professional school admissions and I work with many […]
March 20, 2018

What Exactly Is A “Meaningful” Summer Experience for Your High School Student?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD On both the Common Application, the University of California application and many unique college applications there […]
March 16, 2018

How Well Is Your High School Preparing Your Student for College

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD We live in a state with one of the best and most selective state university systems. […]