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Here are the nominees for the best reason or best reasons to write a book: 1 A Kind Gesture. Anne Lamott revealed in her humorous writing guide Bird by Bird that some of her books have started out as gifts. “Twice now I have written books that began as presents to people I loved.” 2 […]

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A big “thank you!” to the Ann Arbor District Library, and my colleagues John Boshoven and Geri Markel for another exciting presentation on “Solving the College Admissions Puzzle” at the Ann Arbor District Library on Sept. 27, 2016.  We were delighted to have 85 participants, but so sad to run out of handouts.  We know […]

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Check Out these Opportunities: Thirty-nine companies that give college students a discount Thirty-seven highest paying jobs in America Oct 10, 2016 is Essay Contest Deadline to Win a New Computer! Attend These Free College Essay Events This Week and Next: Tues, September 27, 2016 Ann Arbor District Library Sept. 28 2016 Novi, MI Public Library […]

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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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