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September, 2016:  Essay Coaching just revealed some new, free, fun quizzes for high school students to use to improve their college application essays. “Students come to me baffled. I developed these quizzes to take the mystery and misery out of writing college application essays,” said Debbie Merion, Essay Coach. Students can use the quizzes to: […]

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Many students are baffled about what to write about themselves concerning diversity.  Contributing to a school’s “diversity” doesn’t simply refer to the fact that you are a member of a racial or cultural minority. Diversity includes anything about a person’s background that will make his or her perspectives and skills unique. A person’s diverse skills […]

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Applying for college scholarships can feel like a daunting task. It can take some searching to find scholarships that interest you, and even more time to actually send in the applications. To help you out, we’ve found twenty-two college scholarships that are worth a grand total of $88,500. (For most of them, you just have […]

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Summertime is a busy time for many rising seniors trying to jumpstart their college essays before September.   But you can hop past the worry and naivete of grad school and college application essay writing. So many improvement suggestions take seconds to absorb and minutes to implement. ANNOUNCING A NEW SERIES:  Check out these weekly tips […]

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Tired of racking your brain to create some ideas for a strong college application essay? At a workshop held on Thursday, June 2, 2016, students at Community High School in Ann Arbor tested out some new methods for writing a college application essay. Something unusual happened.  There were SMILES!   How did this happen?  Students […]

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College bound high schoolers:  starting to think about applying to college?  Make room on your desk next to the Common Application for a new college application from the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.  For over a decade, the Common Application has been the major application source for college bound students. Over 600 schools currently […]

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Dollars from college scholarships are available now

March 20, 2016. College scholarships can take some digging.  We’ve included thirty-two of them in this blog, a group worth a total of $96,000.  If you are a college applicant with more time than money, then you are a perfect candidate to explore this list of college scholarships.  Some require an essay.Each of these scholarships […]

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Barbara Corcoran in her Park Ave Apartment

The first sentence is the most valuable real estate in your entire college application essay.  The first sentence is like a Park Ave. penthouse address in Manhattan—it’s impressive and memorable. Describe the person who might live in such a place. You might imagine someone like author and Shark Tank entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran in this photo:  […]

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Thinking of either the University of Michigan or Michigan State as an option for college?  Read on.  Despite the fact that I call Ann Arbor home (and for complete disclosure, I have a BA and MSW from the University of Michigan,) I am also a fan of Michigan State as an excellent option for college.  […]

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Use this essay topic calculator to evaluate which college application essay topics will be the most impressive and compelling.  Your idea might be strong in one or more of these categories: Recent situation with longevity Relationship to others How challenging? Related to interests in college? Amount of initiative? Uniqueness Amount of detail Word pictures Results […]

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