High School Entrepreneur Programs to Actually Help Teens Launch Startups

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/25/20 11:35 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We get a lot of our students approach us for advice on how to establish a startup. Empowerly's own startup success story with its humble beginnings in a college dorm room can provide inspiration and many seek our expertise to see their own ideas launched into the market or community.

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College Bound: Building Healthy Family Relationships

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/20 11:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Your parental figures raised you and put lots of time and care into you. If you feel that it is important to have a life-long healthy relationship with them, the time to start is now! Well, actually, the time to start was probably whenever you joined the program, since that's how long they've been looking out for you. But it's never too late...

As you prepare to graduate from high school and transition to college, you enter the adult world. These changes will affect your relationship with your parents, so it would be a good idea to build a new relationship with them.


* Parental figures and parents mean the people who hopefully protected, cared for, and taught you things when you were young. They don't have to be blood relatives; your chosen family, or lack thereof, is valid. Sometimes, you parent yourself. 


Here are some healthy ways to build a more adult relationship with your parents, whoever they may be.

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A Guide to Cold Emailing for Research Internships

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/20 10:21 AM / by Dennis Bua

Want to work with a professor or get your hands-on experience in a research lab? We have just the ticket.

Let's start with introductions: I am an Empowerly counselor who earned my Ph.D. from Stanford University in Cellular & Molecular Biology. In the past, I’ve mentored students working on their research projects for Science competitions and have served on the admissions committee of Stanford's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.
 Hence, I wanted to share a post from the perspective of the person who would be reading your email!


Read on for a step-by-step guide to success.

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My Successful Stanford Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/16/20 8:00 AM / by Julia Laurence

My acceptance into Stanford hinged on the following Oscar Wilde quote: “If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”

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Why It's OK to Enter College with an Undecided Major

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/20 7:45 AM / by Gwen Hornaday

Picking a major is a confusing decision for any student to make. It is even more confusing when you have no idea what you want to do. I, like many students, fell into that category.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Cornell University's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/20 11:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

If you’re looking for the right way to approach Cornell University’s essay supplement, look no further. The beautiful school, boasting 50 Nobel laureates and a fittingly noble public mission, draws attention for the high caliber of education--and cutthroat 10-percent acceptance rate--and demands a strong application to succeed. But don't let that scare you off. Here is Empowerly's guidance on how to answer Cornell’s essay! 

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5 Regrets These Students Had from High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/5/20 12:49 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Given a year of massive change, it's easy to look back and wish we could start over. "Hindsight is 20/20," as the saying goes – a sentiment never more apt than now. And for you, the next generation of high school students, facing a major junction in your lives? I can only imagine that feeling is compounded. 


No one wants to graduate with regrets. But sometimes, the insight we gain from forging our own path through life holds valuable wisdom. So what can we do about it? I interviewed a range of thoughtful, reflective individuals to see what they wish they had known before leaving high school. 

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Vanderbilt University's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/2/20 8:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

If you’re applying to Vanderbilt University, you’ll want to do a stellar job on the one additional prompt they ask you to answer. Here are our thoughts on the best approach to this essay.

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Trick or Treat: Conquer the Senior Scaries!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/31/20 6:30 AM / by Sara Mirza

Senioritis: How do you identify it, and what do you do about it?

Don't get spooked. The Empowerly Senioritis Busters are here! Let's talk about all the ways you can overcome a temporary lapse in motivation during the final stretches.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Harvey Mudd Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/28/20 11:32 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Harvey Mudd College is an unsuspecting heavy-hitter. As part of the Claremont Colleges network, the school is naturally well-funded to dedicate plenty of resources to each student. Despite this materially supportive environment, however, something else sets Harvey Mudd apart in the eyes of high-achieving students: the competitive atmosphere.

Are you intrigued and excited by a challenge? Do you thrive on healthy competition and a high pressure atmosphere? Then you might be the perfect fit for the intellectual forge of Harvey Mudd. Not interested in that kind of intensity? Remember; there is more than one path to success, so you don't need to force yourself to jump into the deep end!

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Washington University in St. Louis' Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/26/20 12:16 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

This one’s a trap...there’s no supplemental essay!

Washington University in St. Louis is an incredible school and there’s no supplemental essay required. Make sure your Common/Coalition App essay is stellar, and you’ll be good to go.

Not satisfied? We won't leave you hanging. In this article will dig a little deeper.

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How To Include A Portfolio In Your College Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/24/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Remember "Show and Tell" days in elementary school? It's not just a fun learning activity (or tip for writing) anymore!

Today, it's a growing trend amongst college applicants to not only include the standard admission information in college applications (like short essays, academic profile, extracurricular activities), but also to include a digital portfolio of document, videos, photos in their application.

Unsure of how to approach this? Let's talk about it!

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The Secret Ingredients You Need to Include for a Standout Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/21/20 1:34 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

College essays range from structured to creative. Sometimes, they leave you scratching your head, wondering what on earth oranges have to do with you eligibility for college (I'm looking at you, University of Chicago). With all the pressure and confusion, it can be hard to appreciate the humor of riddles and off-the-wall essay prompts. Who do they think we are, Indiana Jones? Just tell me what you need to know!

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When Are College Applications Due? College App Deadlines Coming Up!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/20 3:20 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

It's fall semester and all of a sudden, everyone around you is talking about college application deadlines... and you hear a lot of conflicting answers. It's totally okay to be confused! Don't let that confusion stop you from asking questions. 

Looking for some clear answers? You don't have to slog through pages of Google search results to get a semi-unsure timeline. Check out our list, below.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer UC Berkeley's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/16/20 6:45 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

It's a fact: UC Berkeley is the most competitive state school in California. The school boasts Nobel laureates and ground-breaking research in many fields, and is considered by many to even be the #1 public university in the world.

Beyond the classroom, the vibrant Bay Area community in close proximity to other top universities and the Silicon Valley make this campus a very attractive option for young scholars looking for a launchpad into their future. With all these resources on the table, it's no surprise the admissions readers must be picky.

Empowerly provides guidance on how to answer some of its personal insight essay questions.

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