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!

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

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 […]
December 22, 2020

Graduate Business Programs for College Seniors: A Deep Dive

By Stuart Nachbar The more selective MBA programs have traditionally sought applicants who have several years of relevant work experience. […]
December 17, 2020

Diversity Statements – Four Questions to Help You Brainstorm

By Elizabeth LaScala PhD Diversity statements are an increasingly common requirement on college, graduate and professional school applications. These questions […]
November 25, 2020

Questions Seniors Should Be Asking Colleges as COVID-19 Surges

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Although news of an effective vaccine for COVID-19 is surely a godsend, getting it distributed and […]
October 20, 2020
Assessing Online Learning

Assessing Online Learning—Before, During and After COVID-19

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD 4 questions to ask about online learning In less than a year, online learning has gone […]
October 1, 2020
Assessing the Financial Stability of Colleges

Assessing the Financial Stability of Colleges

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD COVID-19 related stresses are likely to hit hardest those institutions that were already weakened by existing […]
August 27, 2020
Grad School Entrance Exams: The COVID-19 Edition

Grad School Entrance Exams: The COVID-19 Edition

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD September 1, 2020 If you have attended an undergraduate institution in the United States, you probably […]
August 19, 2020

Lamorinda Living Podcast: Lafayette’s Elizabeth LaScala discusses what to expect when attending college this Fall

Listen to my recent podcast with Lamorinda Living, where I provide updates on what students can expect when attending colleges […]