College Applicant Questions Answered by Gold Medal Winning Ebook

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College Applicant Questions Answered by Gold Medal Winning Ebook

Parents and students look relieved.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan.  (August 25, 2014) Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, A Guide for Students and Families about College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing, by Debbie E. Merion, M.S.W, M.F.A, John B. Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W and Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is a Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards.

The book is especially needed when the Common Application appears in August of each year and high school students entering 12th grade start to work feverishly on their college applications.  Well-meaning and supportive parents are often puzzled, because the college process has changed since they applied in the 1980s. 

“That’s why we wrote this book,” said Debbie Merion, co-author with John Boshoven and Geri Markel of Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, A Guide for Students and Families about College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing.  “We are all parents, and educators. We knew some friendly, clear advice based on our combined 100 years of experience could make a big difference in helping students and parents reduce their stress and find success.”

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“Expert advice to college-bound students and their parents. This easy-to- read book addresses all of the most-asked questions with insight, humor and honesty. It’s a must read!”

Ted Spencer

University of Michigan
Associate Vice Provost and
Executive Director, Undergraduate Admissions

College Admissions Advisors ( has helped thousands of students get admitted to their first choice college.  This team consists of three principals (left to right in the photo below): 

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John B. Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W. counsels high school students daily in considering possible colleges and finding the right fit.  He is the Counselor for Continuing Education at Community High School, Ann Arbor, Founding Director of College Counseling at the Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, and Board Director for the Colleges That Change Lives.

Geraldine Markel, PhD, is an educational psychologist and principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching and Seminars. She serves as an academic coach to high school, college, and professional level students. A former faculty member at the University of Michigan, she coauthored, Helping Adolescents with ADD and Learning Disabilities.

Debbie Eisenberg Merion, M.S.W., M.F.A reveals proven techniques for writing a compelling and successful college application essay though Essay Coaching at Her methods combine her experience in counseling, teaching college English, and 30 years of professional writing as an award-winning journalist and essayist.  Write to her at

Debbie Merion


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