College Essay Advising

  • Solon High School’s college essay advisors Mrs. Hollace Schmidt and Ms. Susan Elliott Blashka are available to help you with your main college essays, as well as supplemental and scholarship essays, from August 23 to October 28. Meetings will take place in the back of the Media Center.

    Meet with us early in your process to:

    • brainstorm a great topic (you don’t need to have an essay already written!)
    • map out the structure of your essay
    • create an engaging opening
    • reflect on what you want colleges to learn about you
    • craft a strong ending
    • make your essay free of errors in grammar and punctuation

    Know the rules:

    1. Click through on the link and create a SignUp Genius account. This is the only way you can change or cancel your appointments.

    2. Sign up for no more than one appointment per week.

    3. Have no more than three appointments on the schedule at a given time.

    4. Schedule appointments only during your free periods.

    5. If no open appointments fit your schedule, choose any open time and indicate it is a "Google Docs review" in the comment section when signing up. Share your essay with the appropriate advisor the day before the appointment; the advisors will use the appointment time to leave feedback for you in your document. Google Docs reviews cannot be used for appointments to brainstorm a topic.

    6. If you cannot make your appointment, you must cancel it or email the advisors 24 hours in advance so that someone else can claim the spot. One missed appointment results in a warning; missing two appointments causes you to lose the privilege of using the essay advising service.

      More complete details are included in the handout below, so please read it thoroughly. In addition, we will be talking more about essay advising during our college application sessions, but you can get a jump start on the process by scheduling your meetings now.

    How to sign up:



    After following the link, register for a SignUp Genius account before picking your appointment times. This enables you to change or cancel scheduled appointments.

    If you have any questions, please email Ms. Blashka at or Mrs. Schmidt at

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