Resilience in Facing Decision Letters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19, 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

The old adage is "You are what you eat," not "You are where you were accepted." We're serving up some perspective to untangle your sense of self-worth from your college admissions letters. 

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Admissions Decisions: Let’s Go Dragon Slaying

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19, 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

What sets you apart is demonstrable weirdness.

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Controversial Essay Topics

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/12/19, 5:00 PM / by Farah Weheba

Wondering how to handle delicate topics in your college essays? You're not alone. College admissions officers get one good chance to understand you as a person through your essays. Deciding how to approach topics like politics and mental health can be a challenge. While they're not easy areas to navigate, many students feel that their applications would not be complete without addressing some of their most polarizing opinions or life-changing experiences—however controversial. We're here to help.

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Financial Aid for International Applicants

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/5/19, 2:01 PM / by Empowerly Team

So you are an international student who wants to apply for colleges in the United States. If you seek financial aid and are not an U.S. citizen, it may seem like you have no good options. Although your options are more limited than those of U.S. citizens, don't give up! Here are some must-have financial aid starter tips:

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Make Volunteering Meaningful

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/29/19, 4:30 PM / by Farah Weheba

Volunteering can often be a requirement for your school, but you can leverage the opportunity to get to know yourself better. Instead of thinking of the requirement as just a quota to fill, consider volunteering a moment to define and flex your empathy.

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How to Handle College Apps Crunch Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/26/19, 8:15 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

It's crunch time!

Deadlines that determine the rest of your life are right around the corner. If you're getting a (very) late start on essays, here's a quick guide to surviving the next few weeks and salvaging your admissions chances.

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10 Most Common Editing Pitfalls

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/22/19, 5:42 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Your college essays speak for you within your application. They tell your story and your dreams. They remain your best opportunity to really pull together your resume, transcripts, and letters of rec in order to create a complete picture of who you are as a student. And it’s your first and last chance to make an impression on the admissions officer who has never met you before but will eventually decide whether to accept or reject your application.

This pressure is no joke. But rather than paralyze you, it should serve to emphasize the importance of the final draft you submit! With stakes like these, you should absolutely edit your drafts to ensure you catch the little details. 

We know—the editing process proves difficult for lots of people. That’s why we’re here to explain the ten most common editing pitfalls so that as you’re combing over your essays one final time before you send them off, you’ll know what to avoid.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer University of Washington Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/19, 9:35 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The University of Washington application evaluates student candidates holistically, emphasizing more than grades and scores. That means that the essays you submit are absolutely critical! Your writing needs to effectively tell your story to reviewers and convince them that you should be at their school.

Let’s take a look at the prompts you’re working with to make sure your essays hit the right note.

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Boost Your Test Scores with 3 Easy Fixes

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/16/19, 9:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

The key to succeeding on test day?

Sure, there are certain academic standards you’ll need to know and intellectual skills you can perfect with practice over time. But if you’re down to the wire and looking for some quick and dirty tips for how to boost your scores quickly, here are three easy fixes to improve your results.

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Calculating Your Financial FAFSA Facts

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/15/19, 2:30 PM / by Empowerly Team

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a universal form that all students in the United States can submit in order to receive government support to help pay for their education. The 2020-2021 form opened on their website on October 1st, 2019 and will be accessible to submit until June 30th, 2021. However, the sooner you submit, the better—and yes, you SHOULD submit one!

Before you sit down to fill it out, here are some things you need to know in order to get the most aid possible.

 

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Are You an Introvert or Extrovert in the Classroom?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/8/19, 12:44 PM / by Empowerly Team

Participation points can be nearly impossible to quantify. Teachers each have their own metrics, and you don't typically receive a rubric for how to demonstrate your engagement best over time. While each class will differ, knowing more about yourself as a student will help you succeed regardless. Introverts and extroverts both have unique qualities to bring to their learning environments—you just have to play to your strengths! Take our quiz to learn what you should be doing.

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Top Schools for Undergraduate Research in 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/19, 3:06 PM / by Empowerly Team

Undergraduate research remains one of the most sought-after qualities in the college search. Students want to know how, when, and where to find opportunities for hands-on projects. Not only do these research projects allow students to express creativity, take control of their education, and delve deeper into their specific interests, it's a great way to demonstrate leadership and initiative on your resume—for any career you want to pursue. From humanities to STEM, opportunities to produce independent work under the supervision of a highly-qualified faculty member are a golden ticket to standing out. Convinced?

Here is a run-down of the top spots for undergraduate research in 2019.

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Network Like a Pro

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/1/19, 1:49 PM / by Empowerly Team

If you cringe at the thought of new social situations, the word “networking” can bring up some negative connotations. Like it or not, networking won’t go away—in fact, as you get older, it gets even more important! But it doesn’t have to be painful. Whether you're a social butterfly or shy bookworm, you can always improve your networking skills to get the best results. Here are 7 easy tips for building a great network of connections.

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What Should I Write for Optional Essays?

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/19, 1:34 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Picture this: college app deadlines are looming and you’re hard at work on your applications. You’ve compiled and narrowed down a college list, made a strategy for presenting your extracurriculars, and started brainstorming and drafting your essays. Good for you! On top of all this work, you notice that a few of your applications allow for that perplexing, dark horse component: the optional essay. 

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Free College? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/24/19, 2:00 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

For most students, college is expensive. 

Each year, the costs of attending rise, and show no signs of slowing. Between tuition, textbooks, lab materials, and room and board—the path to a diploma exacts a large price. Yet degrees remain highly in demand. Families are asking: how can we afford it? 

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