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Book Club: January Reading List

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/17/19 7:41 AM / by Empowerly Team

In the midst of college applications, extracurricular activities, and school assignments it is important to allow yourself to come to a quiet place and wind down. One thing that can help you destress after an insane day or a never-ending week is immersing yourself in a book.

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Goal Setting: 3 Simple Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/9/19 10:17 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

There’s always an end goal, whether it’s getting into your dream school or achieving a certain score on the SAT. But these are very large-scale goals to achieve and when they seem to be unattainable, they may only cause more stress and frustration. That’s not to say you can’t achieve them, because you CAN, but to help you achieve that end goal, set benchmarks along the way.
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Should I Apply for Financial Aid?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/7/19 3:08 PM / by Empowerly Team

Now that the college admissions process has shifted to a long wait until offers are announced, the next step is figuring out cost of attendance. Universities use a mix of internal policy, FAFSA , and CSS profile to determine both the type and amount of aid students receive.

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Why Networking in High School and College Matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/19/18 4:49 PM / by Empowerly Team

The foundation of my career didn’t start after college. Instead it started with a conversation with a customer at a grocery store checkout counter during high school. 

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5 Facts You Need to Know for College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/14/18 10:29 AM / by Empowerly Team

The advent of College Confidential, the rise in applications to US colleges, and  the Tiger Mom phenomenon have all lead to general hysteria around college admissions. Having helped thousands of students in workshops and one-on-one, here are the top 5 facts you have to know.

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How to Get Teacher Recommendations for Ivy League Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/13/18 10:27 AM / by Empowerly Team

Most colleges require students to submit letters of recommendation from teachers or professors to demonstrate academic potential outside of reported grades. On this recommendation, the teacher has the opportunity to write a letter for the student and submit a few boxes with relative aptitude of the student. In this analysis, we will look at the teacher recommendation, strategies to asking for two or more letters, and shaping letters of recommendation.

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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/11/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Each college application is a potential opportunity for your educational future. It’s tempting to apply to a large number of schools to give yourself plenty of options, but as college application costs continue to rise, how many applications is too many?

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Applying to College Early? Early Action vs. Early Decision

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/9/18 11:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

 

College acceptance rates have been decreasing over the years, and the competition for spots is fierce. Many (but not all) colleges offer accelerated application processes such as early action (EA), restrictive early action (REA), and early decision (ED). In EA/REA/ED, deadlines are in the fall (usually November), and applicants usually hear back from schools in December or January.

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How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an important part of admissions, but which parts of the extracurricular story are actually important and how do you determine that? Here at Empowerly, we have spent the past 6 years understanding what colleges care about and helping thousands of students through the college admissions process. In this article, we use our data sorting tool to help you determine how important extracurricular activities are.

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The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 11:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

What major should I choose? One of the most common questions we get about the college admissions process is the major selection. From our experience helping 5,000 students through 

workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

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