College Essay Advising

  • Solon High School’s college essay advisors Ms. Susan Elliott Blashka, Mrs. Lisa Chiu, and Mrs. Hollace Schmidt are available to help you with your main college essays, supplemental essays, and scholarship essays. Appointments will take place in the Wellness/Media Center from August 21 through October 31.

    Meet with us to:

    • Brainstorm a great topic (you don’t need to have an essay already written!)
    • Map out the structure and content of your essay
    • Reflect on what you want colleges to learn about you
    • Make your essay free of errors in grammar and punctuation

    Know the rules:

    1. Sign up in advance for no more than one appointment per week. You can also claim any appointment that is still open after midnight on that day. (For example, if it’s 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 2, you can book any spot still open on Oct. 2.) Please write “same-day sign-up” in the comments box.
    2. Have no more than three upcoming appointments on the schedule at one time, excluding any same-day sign-ups.
    3. Schedule appointments only during your free periods. If no open time fits your schedule, you may select any appointment and write “Google Docs review” in the comments box. Then share your document with the advisor for your time slot (email addresses are below) the day before your appointment. We will leave feedback for you in the document. Brainstorming needs to be done in person.
    4. If you can’t attend your appointment, delete your sign-up or email to let the advisors know 24 hours in advance so someone else can use the spot. One no-show results in a warning. No-showing for two appointments means losing the privilege of using the essay advising service.

    How to sign up:

    Create an account at You need an account to change or cancel an appointment. Once you have an account, click on the following links to sign up for appointments.

    Contact us:

    Ms. Blashka:

    Mrs. Chiu:

    Mrs. Schmidt:

    College Essay Advising Document:

    College Essay Handout