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April 1, 2015. Today the Common Application  (commonapp.org) released the college application essay questions for 2015. With these questions in hand, high school juniors can now start working on their essays.  You only need to write about one of the five questions.  Which will you select?  What are you going to talk about? The essay [...]

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The search engine/content aggregator Spokeo announces their own Spokeo Connections Scholarship, as well as a site that is an ongoing list for scholarships. Fall Deadline: July 1st 11:59PM (PST) Winner Announced: August 1, 2015 Spring Deadline: December 10th 11:59PM (PST) Winner Announced: January 20, 2016 Spokeo Connections Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Deadlines: July 1st, December 10th [...]

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February 6, 2015  What can a psychology professor interested in the use of language find out when he runs 50,000 college admissions essays through a computer-programmed study? I was curious to learn the answer after reading a USA Today article about a University of Texas study, “When Small Words Foretell Academic Success: The Case of [...]

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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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