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!

October 5, 2021

Financing Art School

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD October 5, 2020 Just like an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degrees come at a cost. Here, I’ll […]
October 5, 2021

Four Reasons to Get Your MFA

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD October 5, 2020 If you are at the stage where you are considering an MFA, I’ll […]
September 7, 2021
Colleges are getting back to normal – or are they?

Colleges are “getting back to normal” – or are they?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Most colleges planned on fall 2021 being a time to return to in-person education. Yet the […]
July 13, 2021
Enhance Your Medical Application with Extracurricular Choices

Enhance Your Medical Application with Extracurricular Choices

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD July 9, 2020 Medical admission committees want applicants who have demonstrated intelligence, maturity, integrity, a dedication […]
July 9, 2021
Selecting a Premed Undergraduate Program

Selecting a Premed Undergraduate Program

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD July 9, 2020 Prerequisites for Medical School: GENERALLY REQUIRED COURSES Biology – 2 semesters with lab […]
June 30, 2021

The Illusion of Test Optional Colleges

With the COVID-19 epidemic and the onset of nearly universal distance learning for all high school students, both parents and […]
June 10, 2021

Buyer Beware! The Ethics of College Essay Workshops

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD It is important to understand some fundamental truths about college essays.  First, many parents ask me […]
May 18, 2021
University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

Tell Me More About University of California-San Diego (UCSD)

Elizabeth LaScala PhD The University of California-San Diego (UCSD) first opened its doors in 1960. Since then, it has grown […]
May 18, 2021
Trends for the Class of 2022 to Consider

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 […]
April 8, 2021

Letters of Evaluation (LOE) for Medical School

By Elizabeth LaScala PhD One of the most important and often least carefully considered components of the medical school application […]
March 24, 2021

How to Get a Good Letter of Recommendation

By Elizabeth LaScala PhD Whether you are a student or an employed professional, chances are you will need someone to […]
February 24, 2021

Honors Colleges and Honors Programs: Key Differences

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Honors programs and honors colleges are ways for academically talented students to reap the rewards of […]
February 9, 2021

Take a Closer Look at UC-Riverside

Elizabeth LaScala PhD Located in California’s Inland Empire, UC-Riverside is approximately an hour’s drive from Los Angeles and 40 minutes […]
January 26, 2021
SAT ACT

Hastened by COVID, A Test Optional Experiment Is Underway in College Admission

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD The movement toward optional use of standardized tests date back to 1969 when Bowdoin College in […]
January 6, 2021

A Deluge of Deferrals—The Role COVID Played in the Early Action Cycle

By Elizabeth LaScala PhD When the pandemic first hit, many worried that applications for admission would decrease in much the […]