College Application Essay Coach Debbie Merion


Read more about Anchor JoAnne Purtan and Essay Coaching Debbie Merion on “The Now,” WXYZ-TV Detroit, Thursday, Sept 3, 2015


Looking for some college prep ideas about writing your college application essay?  Watch Debbie Merion coach an Essay Coaching student in a segment on Channel 7 Detroit WXYZ with JoAnne Purtan.  The feature is part of a Channel 7 series called “Mom’s a Genius.” For the complete story, visit the Channel 7 website.

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How Essay Coaching Works With Students and Parents

Not sure what to write to create an excellent grad school or college application essay?  No problem! Debbie Merion will work with you one-on-one to help you:

• Understand how admissions officers evaluate essays.
• Pick your strongest essay topic.
• Get motivated to stay on track.
• Enjoy writing more.
• Write a compelling, sincere, and unique essay in your own voice.
• Edit perfectly.
• Open your mail to see ”congratulations!” letters.

How long will it take?  Just fifty minutes for a thorough and professional evaluation of an essay draft or a quick start. Others need help choosing an essay topic and writing the essay.  For those students, I offer a five-session package.

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Essay Coaching has hundreds of satisfied clients now attending top universities including Harvard, Stanford Business School, University of Michigan, New York Law and Yale. Request a free appointment to learn more, and to receive a free copy of “Top Ten Essay Coaching Questions and Answers.”

Essay Coaching offers empowering, stress-relieving, expert, friendly, and creative help with your writing project.


Read a recent recommendation from Dawn, a parent and recent client.  Additional recommendations can be found here, and on LinkedIn.

Debbie was my son’s essay coach. She is truly gifted at helping students find their voice so they can tell their stories in a way that resonates with college admission counselors. Although she is a gifted writer, she never puts a word on a page…the essays are truly the student’s work. Over the course of a month, my son’s essays went from good to exceptional. He was accepted to his top college choices and will be attending University of Chicago in the fall. If you are thinking about hiring Debbie to work with your son or daughter, jump at the chance.

Read here about how we work with students.  Send an email to Essay Coaching now to learn more.

2015-2016 Common Application essay prompts

The 2015-2016 Common Application essay prompts are released!  Students will need to select one of the five prompts listed below for the Common Application Essay.

  1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

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