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Writing Your College Application Essay

Since August 1, I have been seeing a rush of students in my office. They turn their blue or brown eyes towards me and say, ”I don’t know what to write about on my college application essay.” I reply, “No problem.” I can explain college application essays in twelve words. College application essays are about […]

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What do you think of this new Essay Coaching cartoon? The idea came from seeing so many parents (and being one of those parents) who try their hardest to launch their college bound teen into the world of college, work, and beyond. This desire to help but confusion about “What can I do?” can create […]

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Monday, September 21, 2015   6:30-8:30pm Chelsea, MI Library College Night with Debbie Merion, Geri Markel and John Boshoven Free event   Tues, September 29, 2015 Ann Arbor College Night with Debbie Merion, Geri Markel and John Boshoven Ann Arbor District Library 343 South Fifth Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104 “It was an awesome experience for […]

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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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May 12, 2014 Here is a frequently asked question: How can I honestly reveal an imperfection in a college application essay but also write an essay that prompts a college admissions officer to say,  “She (He) will be an awesome student here.” A May 9, 2014 New York Times story by Ron Lieber called “Four […]

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March 23, 2014.  “Which essay prompt should I pick from the Common Application?” is one of the most frequent questions I hear as an Essay Coach. Here is my answer.  Choose the prompt that: You are attracted to Seems interesting to write about Prompts some ideas (brainstorm!) Tells a story that shows something positive and […]

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March 14, 2012.  The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission is accepted by 456 colleges from Adelphi to Yale, including the University of Michigan. Some colleges also require one of more supplemental essays, as described in this chart. For example, here are the supplemental essays required last year by the University of Michigan.essay Here are […]

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November 1, 2011.  Here is some great advice from the New York Times on reducing the number of words in your common application essay or your college admissions essay. Shorter essays usually make a stronger impression, just like reducing a soup stock gives it a stronger flavor. However, when cutting words, examine the content. Compare […]

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May 25, 2011.  One high school student said to me, “Now I understand.  High school essays are about what we know.  College application essays are about who we are.”  She was right.  Colleges want to know more about you than whether you can get an “A” on your physics test.  They often have to choose […]

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April 11, 2011.  Do you like your college application advice short and sweet?  If so, this list is for you.  If you will be applying to college soon, can you take a minute to print out this list? Why not hang it on the door of your refrigerator as a reminder? 1.   Don’t procrastinate. Start […]

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