What to Expect from a Counseling Session with Empowerly

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/4/20 6:05 PM / by Casey Monahan

Empowerly provides expert advice to high school students applying to college. Our counselors play a huge role in working one-on-one with our students to help them through the application process. You may be wondering, “what’s so important about getting college admissions counseling?” or “how can a college counselor help me?”

We talked to Sheelah Bearfoot, one of our fantastic counselors, to get the scoop.

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Learn How to Change the World This Summer!

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/29/20 4:47 PM / by Neha Krishnakumar

Did the COVID-19 epidemic cancel your plans for the summer? Are you left bored at home, with nothing to do? Do you have a great idea for a business, but are unsure of where to start? Or do your college apps just need a boost? 

If any of these questions apply, the National Youth Entrepreneurial Summit sounds like the perfect opportunity for you!

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Case Study: How College Counseling Helps San Mateo Students Get Ahead

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/21/20 9:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

The city of San Mateo, located in the intellectually vibrant Bay Area, is an incredibly well-educated community. The US Census Bureau reflects an idyllic picture of a typical Northern California “brain hub” hotspot: geographically close to the Silicon Valley, residents bringing in a high median income (approximately $994k annually), homes boasting nearly universal internet connection, and of course, the classic mild California climate. 

Yet with a launchpad as great as this one, students are still feeling lost facing the college admissions process. With only cookie-cutter in-school support resources, where else do they turn for help?

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Pre-Med Opportunities You Can Do This Summer—and Stay Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/20/20 3:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

As students plan their summer (or rejig their plans) to accommodate for the likelihood that social isolation will continue, students interested in the medical field are probably feeling particularly stuck. The two typical extracurricular activities a premed student will do are off-limits: volunteering at the local hospital is a no-go; and research programs at colleges cancelled.

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What an Admissions Expert Has to Say About AP Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/17/20 8:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

It’s AP season, so we talked to one of our wonderful counselors, Jennifer Liepin, about her own advice on AP tests. Read her thoughts below about:

  • why you should take AP classes,
  • how they help with college applications,
  • how to prepare for the test,
  • and what you should do if you don’t do well.
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Internships vs. Externships

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/15/20 7:07 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the current state of things, finding summer activities are hard. Luckily, a lot of internships and externships have switched over to being remote, allowing students to continue to explore possible career paths without putting themselves at risk of exposure. But what are externships and what makes them different from internships?

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How to "Blind Date" a College Campus

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/5/20 2:54 PM / by Casey Monahan

College tours canceled? Here are some tips to virtually scope out the campuses to finalize your college list from home.

 

You’re making your college list and you have plans to visit a good number of the campuses you’re considering. But then a pandemic breaks out and all the campuses are closed. How are you going to finalize your college list now? How can you be sure that you’re applying to the places you actually want to go to?

There isn’t an easy answer to this question, but here’s some advice that could help.

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7 Must-Do's to Ace Virtual Interviews

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/28/20 4:17 PM / by Casey Monahan

Whether it’s for a job, a school, or an internship, interviews are an important process that everybody has to go through at some point. Thanks to COVID-19, the majority of interviews are now being held online. Should you prepare differently? What’s the etiquette like? Where should you sit?

Keep reading to find out seven things you must know to ace your virtual first impressions.

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My SAT Was Cancelled. What Do I Do Now?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/20 4:05 PM / by Julia de Raadt

With the June SAT test date recently canceled and June ACT test date looking unlikely to go ahead, you may be wondering whether you should still take either. This is especially the case for juniors who have not already taken the test, or considered taking it again. Now you find yourself faced with the question: to take or not to take? Is it even worth my time and effort if some colleges no longer require it? Can I juggle the work that I need to put in to prepare as well as the added pressure of studying online?

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How I Got Accepted to UCLA

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/13/20 9:37 AM / by Empowerly Team

Read the first-hand account from former Empowerly student, Casey M., how she found her home and path to success at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

 

When I was applying to colleges, I was absolutely paranoid that I wouldn’t get in anywhere. My test scores and grades were fairly good, I had a lot of extracurriculars, and yet, I was still afraid. Applying to college is stressful, but it’s also very exciting. I have found that it is a process of self-discovery more than anything else. My goal in talking to you now is to both provide some advice and to ease some worries.

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Colleges Move to Test-Optional Policy Amid COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/9/20 1:55 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Coronavirus is certainly creating havoc and it seems no sector is immune to its effects, college admissions included. With the interruptions it has created for standardized testing resulting in the cancellation of SAT and ACT test dates, some colleges have decided to make the upcoming admission cycle test-optional. 

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Online Learning to Maximize Your Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/6/20 10:43 AM / by Julia de Raadt

It's a strange time - places of public gathering have emptied as people bunker down at home. There is a constant stream of advice on the social networks on how to stay busy at home that pops up on our screen between the updates of new coronavirus cases and the latest memes circulating. 

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Answered: How to Get into an Ivy League University from the Bay Area

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/2/20 9:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

It's springtime, admissions decisions are being released, and seniors across the nation are celebrating their future college adventures. Like many of our students around this time, you may be thinking to yourself: how do I get into an Ivy League university? Or more specifically, how do I get into an Ivy League university from the Bay Area?

You're not alone. And there is good reason to wonder. The Bay Area is often regarded as the most competitive region for college admissions in the United States, and there is a plethora of misinformation often circulating among students regarding how to get into an Ivy League university as a Bay Area student. However, there are 3 key strategies to remember when crafting an elite college admissions profile.

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Important: Digital Toolkit Update!

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/1/20 6:48 PM / by Empowerly Team

As they say, time is money; don't waste either of yours. Want better results for all your hard work? Track your progress.

Record your academic performance and standardized test scores in your Academic Profile section of the Digital Toolkit. By doing so, Empowerly's counselors, editors, and expert researchers can give you more customized feedback and recommendations!

 

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COVID-19 Foils Admitted Student Days Across the Nation. Here's How to Handle the Corona Cancellations.

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/20 8:14 PM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Top universities are canceling admitted students days left and right, including Harvard, Columbia, UCSB, Vanderbilt, U-Mich, CalTech and who knows how many more to follow. This is definitely an unideal situation, courtesy of COVID-19, but with a little ingenuity, we can get through this! Here's our advice for how to not get stuck in a rut of disappointment, accept that this is our reality and still make an informed admissions decision.

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