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Writing Your College Application Essay

Thursday, April 16, 2015 How to Write a One-Minute Script to Introduce Yourself by Video WXW Event in Mediterrano Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 11:30am-1:30p Tuesday May 19, 2014 How to Write Your Best College Application Essay Sterling Heights Library Wednesday May 20, 2014 How to Support a High School Student Who is Writing [...]

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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 19, 2013.  Essay Coaching recently spoke with Cameron Nicklaus, the chair of the Youth Committee of Germans From Russia Heritage Society, an international organization headquartered in Bismarck, ND. We wanted to learn more about their 2013 Germans from Russia Heritage Society Essay Contest, open to anyone, regardless of their heritage, from middle school through [...]

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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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April 8, 2011.  It’s not easy to keep an essay within the college application’s maximum word limit when writing your college essay. For example, the University of Michigan requires two essays to supplement the common application: one essay is just 250 words (one page, double-spaced), and a second essay has a 500 word maximum. However, [...]

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