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My Empowerly Experience: Student Story

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/28/20 10:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

"So much more than just reading your essays," says Priya.

 

Looking for a first-hand account of what it's like to work with our Empowerly community, from a real student? To make sure you know the facts, we interviewed an Empowerly student, Priya K.,* about her experience. 

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How to Strengthen Your Reading Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/20 8:30 AM / by Empowerly Team

Do you love to read? Do you sit in school anxiously waiting for the opportunity to dive into a good book as soon as the bell rings? If this does not describe you, then you might benefit from gaining some great reading strategies. Readers who read well often like to read too. And since reading is so important for school, college testing, and many careers, it’s a good idea to develop those skills now. What does a good reader do?

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Counselor Chat with Christine W.

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/13/20 8:45 AM / by Empowerly Team

Are you wondering whether you should consider college counseling? Ready to start, but lost when it comes to actually get going? We asked your top questions to our talented counselor Christine W., to get her perspective on this pivotal moment in young people's lives. Read her advice below about:

  • why finding the right counselor is so important,
  • when the best (and worst) times to start counseling sessions is,
  • and what she wishes all parents knew.
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BS/MD Programs: Visions for Acceptance

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/20 2:07 PM / by Empowerly Team

The pyramid depicted below is a simplified rendition of our formula for college admission: at the base is academics, in the middle is activities, and at the top is vision. We are often asked how the regular college admissions process translates to admissions to BS/MD or BA/MD programs (also known as “direct medical programs” or "combined medical programs").

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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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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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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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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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Online Tools To Help You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/20 3:58 PM / by Empowerly Team

With COVID-19 growing in our communities, Empowerly wants to help you with our plethora of online learning tools. We have been in the online learning space for years, our resources are built for digital use. Rest assured that when you work with Empowerly, you work with a team that understands online learning and knows how to personalize guidance for your specific pain points and needs. Here are our online learning tools and services that you should absolutely take advantage of in this ever-changing environment:

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Preparing for an AI-Powered Future

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/4/20 5:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Why is an AI education important?

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Seeking Accessible Education at Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/20 6:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

I’m sharing my personal account seeking reasonable academic accommodations at Stanford University in response to clinical anxiety in an attempt to de-stigmatize mental health struggles. There are resources available to you, and you deserve to thrive. 

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Planning a Summer for Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/19 5:43 PM / by Empowerly Team

I'm bored. Yeah, it's 6 weeks into summer. We're all bored...unless we plan a stimulating and growth-mindset-building set of challenges and deep dive into something new. 

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Financial Aid for International College 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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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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