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“Genius” Mom Launches New Campaign To Help College-Bound Students To ‘Up Your Game’ With Your Writing

ANN ARBOR, MI / (May 11, 2017)Essay Coaching is announcing the launch of Up Your Game With Your Writing – a tutoring, mentoring, and education campaign designed to help both students and parents reduce the family stress involved with the college admissions essay process.

Because teenagers and young parents are so busy, the campaign includes numerous quick and free elements, including a new information and resource hub at www.essaycoaching.com, FREE original college essay quizzes as seen on WXYZ-TV, college essay readiness training for students and parents, private coaching packages, a new Twitter channel with weekly writing tips at @debmerion and new book due out in 2018.

The first workshop is May 16, 2017, from 7-8:30 pm. in Saline. Students and/or parents will receive handouts, samples of winning essays, and advice on what admissions officers are looking for.  Attendees will learn how to find your best topic, how to bring out your unique writing voice, engaging ways to emphasize strengths without bragging, and how parents can help.  This event is $29, requires registration and is expected to fill up quickly.

Award-winning author and writing coach Debbie Merion, the founder of Essay Coaching, is a mother of two successful daughters who are both using their college degrees. Merion was crowned “genius mom” by WXYZ-TV on the segment “Mom's A Genius: College essay coach helping students crack the college application code.” She also authored the article “Paper Cut –U-M Picks Its Freshman Class,” the only detailed description of how a major University selects its students and an article that launched Essay Coaching over a decade ago, giving thousands of parents the “inside scoop” on how their application is read.  

“Colleges want to hear your voice.  They want to read about what you care about and what you’ve done about it.   Student essays shine when they show how you’ve taken initiative,” said Merion. Once she had to steer a student away from writing an essay about his mother’s battle with cancer.  “My heart went out to him,” said Merion, “I suggested he might want to publish his essay in a teen publication because it was so well written. But the topic was not a good fit for a college admissions essay because no one has any control over an illness. All we can do is react and fight the illness.” Merion encouraged him to write about a passion he has, a choice he wanted to make, or what he has done about something he chooses to do—whether it’s a job, playing lacrosse, reading poetry, or working with kids.

A well-written essay is a part of the critical information the admissions officer receives. It is important but does not hold the same weight as transcripts and GPA in the decision-making process. “Not every qualified student can get into a school,” said Merion, “so sometimes tipping the balance can be an essay that really helps the college admissions officer say ‘I can tell that this student is going to fit in, they’re going to be successful.’”

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