Pre-college advising: “…grateful to you for your great advice”

For my high school families, I serve as a pre-college advisor for students and parents. I tell stories as a way of teaching without preaching. Parents of a high school junior wrote, “We continue to be grateful to you for your great advice as we figure out the next steps…”

College applications can be a stressful for the whole family. My work with students helps relieve the stress!

Looking forward to connecting with your family,

College Application Coaching sessions

About once per month I host a college application session for families.

Students and/or parents are welcome, all invited. Feel free to pass along to families of high school juniors as well as planning-ahead-sophomores.

RSVP to for directions

Another exciting year ahead!

See you soon,



Reflecting and looking ahead to the New Year

What a wonderful year of connecting with families for college applications. Here’s a bit of reflection on the ‘old’ year, and a request as we head into the New Year.

2013 may be remembered as ‘the year when they updated the Common Application’ – oh boy! How interesting to be interviewed by a New York Times reporter for a story on the Common App. Though my name did not appear in the article, I appreciated the reporter researching experiences of many students across the country:

The number of students I worked with increased this year, partly due to more graduate school applicants. My high school students this year are from Saline as well as Ann Arbor, grad school applicants from Michigan and Ohio. It is exciting to hear from my students, telling me of acceptance letters as well as scholarship offers. More schools are considering applications as I write so many students are sure to hear big news before the New Year rings in. Keep me posted on your progress!

I am beginning to look at dates for a free College Application talk in January. You may recall that as a part of my commitment to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), I host monthly College Application Talks for students and parents to educate them about the transition to college. Please email me if you have a preference for a date in January or any month/date in 2014,

Wishing you a prosperous 2014!  Michelle

“Our whole family was settling into a new location due to my husband’s job change and our daughter’s college applications were all coming due. Michelle was able to not only fine tune the wording on her essays etc. but more importantly to help her consider the suitable options for her here in Michigan. Having someone outside the family re-enforce our daughter’s strengths was a huge encouragement and helped her aim high.  Finding Michelle was a real answer to prayer!” 
Jane, August 2013

Michelle helps …

Michelle helps make the college application process feel much more manageable! She has a very friendly, calming and reassuring presence that can be felt by both parents and students. She is well versed in the pros and cons of different type of colleges (small/large, public/private, etc.) and does a great job in helping students and parents think through what type of school would be a good fit. She also has great suggestions for students on how to best represent themselves on their applications. I highly recommend Michelle and the service she offers!

Linda, August 2013

August 13 College Application Talk, Bank One Bldg. on Plymouth Rd.

Looking forward to seeing students and parents at my next College Application Talk on August 13. We will meet at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Bank One Building on Plymouth Rd. Please RSVP as seating is limited: send a short note including the number of people attending to

I am excited to get this application year going. Many wonderful students to see flourish in their applications! It is an honor to walk along side my families during this special (and somewhat stressful!) time of applying to colleges. See you soon!

June College Application Talk

My June College Application Talk was on Sat. June 8, 8:30-10:00AM at the Community Room of Bank of Ann Arbor (2601a Plymouth Rd., 48105) next to Espresso Royale in Traver Village Plaza (under the clock tower).

I am looking at dates at mid July and early August for my next College Application Talk, please email me if you would like to be on the list to receive the exact date and time. Limited seating so please RSVP

June – New Beginnings for Seniors and Juniors

June is finally here for the Class of 2013. Congratulations to all of my graduating students. I am so excited for your college plans. Hard work pays off, and you are on your way!

For Junior parents and students, my next College Application Information Session will be June 8, 8:30-10:00 AM. Learn what your family can do this summer to prepare for college applications. 

– This time frame is during the ACT test, so will be convenient for many parents.

– Email me to confirm your attendance,

This looks to be a neat gathering of folks. Remember, there is no cost for the group sessions. I have a lot of important information to share, and I anticipate a lively group discussion too.

What an exciting time of year! Looking forward to seeing everyone at graduation parties around town.