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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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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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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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The gap year is a powerful tool for fostering maturity in students applying to college.

Some people love the “gap year” idea (a year without formal schooling between high school and college).  Others say, “Nose to the grindstone! Get it done!” Fortunately for our daughter Alison, who raced through high school in three years and then needed a breather, the concept of taking a gap year before college became popular […]

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The Common Application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts. 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 […]

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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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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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June 7, 2014 Posting update with review of the Red Cross Speed-Coaching: “Awesome,” “fulfilling,” “uplifting,” “rejuvenating,” and “eye opening” were words used by the American Red Cross management in Ann Arbor to describe the Fast Track Coaching they received on June 6, 2014 by five members of the Ann Arbor Coach Café.  Fast Track Coaching—also […]

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April 12, 2014.  The latest Issue of the Atlantic Monthly shows a boy on the cover wearing a pillow strapped around him, and features a story called “Stop Helping Your Kids With Their Homework.” The article tells about Broken Compass, a book that attempts to answer the question, “how can parents best help their kids […]

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