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January 27, 2015 The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s (AAACF) online scholarship application system is now accepting applications.  All applications are due on March 17, 2015 (unless otherwise noted on the AAACF website).  In 2014, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation scholarship funds awarded $181,264 to help 156 local students continue their education. There are a [...]

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What to do after you have applied to college

As a college application essay coach, I am starting to receive emails from my students, announcing good news about being admitted to early action schools like University of Michigan and University of Chicago. But many students are still waiting.  Here are some recent important stories in the news that are of interest to all students [...]

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November 30, 2014. I love lists. I click, think, and explore new ideas.  Lists can lead to a fork in the road you didn’t know was there.  Thanksgiving stomachs full? Feed your hungry brain. 25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter These websites include some sites making headines, include CodeAcademy, Khan Academy and one of [...]

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Oct 16, 2014. In my seventh year speaking in the St Clair County KnowHow2Go Ask an Expert Series, I presented “Seven Secrets for Writing a Standout College Application Essay.”  The first secret concerns how to smash writer’s block: sledgehammer optional. If you don’t have a sledgehammer, what is the best way to smash writer’s block? [...]

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Thursday October 2, 2014 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room Applying to college?  This event is for you: AADL’s 8th annual College Night with the co-authors of “Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families About College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing.” Learn how to reduce [...]

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Sept 30, 2014.  Sitting in front of me these days—in my office and on Skype—are high school seniors and their parents who sometimes look worried, stressed or befuddled about the process of writing a strong college application essay. They want to know, “What should I say?” Last week my efforts to help these folks received [...]

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For years I’ve been wrestling with this question:  What is the quickest, clearest way to describe what colleges want to learn about a student in his or her college application essay? Some words seem to encapsulate the answer: Passion…voice…experiences…initiative This is what University of Michigan says in their “Tips for Writing a Great Essay” Be [...]

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Six Ways to Get Started Writing Your College Application Essay Today

July 25, 2014.  High School Senior:  “When should I start writing my college application essay?” Debbie Merion, College Essay Coach:  “Now.” High School Senior:  “How?” 1.  Forget writing.  Take a while just to get organized. This means: Decide on your first choice school. Look at that school’s website to see if it takes the common [...]

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July 14, 2014  Now is the time when many students entering 12th grade are starting to think about writing their college application essays. Of course, there are an equal or perhaps larger number of students entering 12th grade who are thinking about not writing their college essays. This blog posting is for all of you. [...]

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May 19, 2014.  Essay Coaching has compiled a helpful list of scholarships for students seeking funds for college.  The scholarships in the list below have deadlines in May and June of 2014. In addition, there is information at the end of this blog on a terrific federal government internship, which has a deadline of July [...]

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