The Common Application: What Should I Write About?

Good news, college applicants. The subject is secondary.

Your application essay is a story about you. It’s not about poor orphans in Ecuador or your Great Aunt Lucy or the time you ran for student government. It’s about how that person or experience affected you. Are you different now? Did you learn something meaningful about yourself? Continue reading

Too Much Help: A Message to Parents

A friend recently asked me, “Isn’t there a fine line between editing your kid’s essay and writing it for her?” She wanted to know why it matters if she helps outline her daughter’s application essay if she thinks that might give her daughter an edge. Continue reading

Win a Free Senior Portrait: Enter Wow Raffle This Week

Want to win a free senior portrait sitting with a professional photographer? Come to one of Wow’s parent/student info sessions this week (West Bloomfield High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday; Huntington Woods Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday), and you will be entered in a raffle to win a portrait sitting valued at $125 with Ally Cohen, founder (and chief shutterbug) of Frameable Faces at the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield. Continue reading