My Story

A "Lightbulb" Moment

I can still remember the day I first sat down to write my college essay. Although I knew I wanted more than anything to write a powerful piece for my college applications, when I lifted my pencil to paper, my mind went completely blank.

What should I write about?
What do I want to say?
What is unique about me?
What is unusual about my story?

I was nervous about writing on a topic outside of my comfort zone and had no idea where to begin.

But after a few deep breaths, I made a promise to myself that although it was uncomfortable, and a little scary, I would spend some time every single day brainstorming topics until the right one came to mind.

Seven days later, I knew my topic!

As a proud First-Generation American, I knew I had a unique story to tell about how my values and outlook had been influenced by my family’s history and culture. I wanted to weave these highlights into a story about me in my essay.

And that’s exactly what I did.

I completed a piece that told a compelling story of “me," and it convinced admissions officers at the school of my choice that I would be an asset at the university.

It is my belief that all students have unique stories to tell. It is my mission with Essay Help for Colleges to guide students to discover their stories and bringing them to life.

Writing my own college essay was difficult and stressful, because I did not have anyone to help guide me through the process. With my guidance, you will discover a process of assembling college essays that will be exciting and enlightening.

A Passionate Career in Education

I have always had a strong desire to guide students through the process of preparing for college.  More than 20 years of experience as a professional counselor allowed me to work directly with high school juniors and seniors. I learned about their post-secondary goals and then guided them as they worked to craft personal essays to match these objectives and bring out their individuality.

In addition to my work as a counselor, I also volunteered my time as a member of local advisory boards in the Ann Arbor area. These boards reviewed and implemented standard outcomes for high school students earning college credits toward their post-secondary goals as well as developing relationships with local businesses to foster employable skills.

I served as liaison to instructors, administrators, parents, school psychologists, social workers, and community agencies to ensure that the needs of my students would be met.

I continue to be an active member of The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and The American Counseling Association (ACA) which help to keep me current on industry news and latest trends.

A Calling and A New Business

I continue to empower high school students today. After 20+ years of working in public education, I decided to start my own business, Essay Help for Colleges. I am proud to be able to provide students with the guidance they need to discover their own unique topics for their essays.

I encourage all students with whom I work, to engage in this exciting process with purpose, clarity, and confidence. As a result, they become more aware of their own innate strengths and potential as future leaders and contributors to our society.

If you are a student reading this, my message is:

The college essay is your opportunity to show admissions officers more than your test scores. It can convey your maturity, sophistication, independence, and ability to thrive at their educational institution. I know from experience that you absolutely can discover a great college essay topic unique to you and tell a story about what has contributed to the person you are.  It is your defining life experiences, circumstances, and vulnerabilities that will become the heart of your essay. You hold the ability to write essays that you will feel proud of, written with confidence and integrity. I welcome the opportunity to be your guide in bringing your stories to life.

My Qualifications

Master of Arts in School Counseling
Eastern Michigan University

Bachelor of Science in Learning Disabilities, minor in English
Eastern Michigan University

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Elizabeth helped me navigate the college scholarship in a concise manner. Her guidance aligned my ideas toward the scholarship requirements during our zoom session. I am confident I will receive the scholarship because of Elizabeth’s suggestions and support. Thank you again, Elizabeth. I will definately recommend you to others as you are a very valuable resource.

Legacy P. //Student

Elizabeth helped me organize my essay with solid idioms while utilizing figurative language and metaphors in a very concise manner. My essay flows well, aligns with the central theme, and is very engaging. I am confident I will be admitted to the LSA program at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2021 because my personal essay stands out from others after receiving Elizabeth’s guidance.

Elizabeth M. // Student

I am just beginning to think about my personal essay statement as a junior in high school. Elizabeth’s suggestions for breaking the writing ideas into small sequential steps were so helpful. She made this process so much easier once I was able to connect the hook to the goals of my essay.

Donna D. // Class of 2022

We engaged Elizabeth to help our eldest son in navigating his college essays. She is an amazing college essay coach that not only takes the time to get to know your child, but she also guides them through the writing process in a  simplified manner. I highly recommend Elizabeth as she helps keep your child focused and self-disciplined during this important essay planning process.

Pioneer High Class of 2021 Rising Senior

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I’m excited to learn about your post-secondary goals, answer any questions you may have about my services, and find out if we’re a good fit to work together.

Reach out today and I’ll be in touch within two business days.

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