Farah Weheba

Farah Weheba
Farah is a Brooklyn-based Community Director at Empowerly, a college counseling and essay editing company serving and supporting ambitious high school students. Farah has a BA in psychology from Stanford University, and a Master's in Education under the Stanford Learning, Design, and Technology discipline graduating in 2014.

Recent Posts

I Didn't Get Into a Summer Program: Plan B

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/25/20 8:00 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 any summer program rejection letters. Check out growth mindset, and put together an amazing and self-driven plan B summer program. 

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Facing A College Rejection Letter

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/20 8:00 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 and college rejection letters. Check out this whole growth mindset business. 

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Top Coding and Computer Science Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/24/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

If you’re interested in coding, enrolling in a programming summer program is a great way to launch your academic and career readiness in computer science (CS). Unique to computer science, any independent or project-based coding work you engage at any age counts towards your professional development and hiring prospects quite directly. Below is a list of prestigious and rigorous coding summer programs for aspiring programmers. Empowerly is here to help you plan your summer.

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Top 16 STEM Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/20 1:30 PM / by Farah Weheba

Summer is quickly approaching, and you're in the planning stages. As a STEM major hopeful, how should you design your summer for maximal learning and college admission impact? Should you take classes at a local community college? Volunteer at a hospital? Apply to STEM summer programs for high school students? Which ones are still accepting applications anyway? We've got you covered. Empowerly is here to help you plan your summer roadmap. 

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How To Get Into SUMaC Summer Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/20 5:00 PM / by Farah Weheba

Prestigious summer programs for high school students can boost a college application profile, and broaden student exposure to college-level academic topics. What's it like to attend competitive Stanford University Mathematics Camps, SUMaC, summer program? Hear from Empowerly's very own Hanjoon Kim as he recounts his own experience. Empowerly is here to help with your summer roadmap; easy as pi, way less complicated than the unit circle. 

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What Makes A Summer Program Worth My Time?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/8/20 9:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

You have so many choices of summer programs for high school students. Some of them are high profile and highly competitive. Others are lesser known, less competitive, but pricey. What's up with that? How do you choose what you want to do over the summer, and how do you narrow down your list of worthwhile summer programs for high school students? Empowerly's gotcha covered. 

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How To Get Into a Competitive Summer Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/7/20 2:20 PM / by Farah Weheba

Summer programs for high school students can eventually boost a college application profile. But not all summer programs are created equal. So how do you choose what you want to invest your energy in over the summer, and how do you get in to a selective summer program? Empowerly is here to help with your summer roadmap!

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How to get into COSMOS Summer Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/30/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

COSMOS is a California-based STEM summer program across 4 participating UC schools. Similar to college courses, you can expect to engage in lectures on niche STEM topics, field trips, group discussion, and group research projects. A pricey investment, COSMOS isn’t the only way to deepen your STEM research experience. Read on...

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How to Get into RSI

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/20 6:29 PM / by Farah Weheba

Interested in gaining some technical research experience ? Research opportunities for teens in lab settings are sparse, so consider RSI. RSI is a prestigious, free summer program in partnership with MIT, with only 80 coveted seats. Students are admitted purely on potential and achievement, not according to who they know. Students take courses in STEM fields, engage in intensive research, and prepare a conference-style presentation on their findings. If you're not admitted, don't be heartbroken. There are plenty of ways to independently gain similar experience this summer.

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Colleges Offering Outstanding Autism and Accessibility Support

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/18/20 4:30 AM / by Farah Weheba

This is the second article in a series aimed to empower neurodivergent and differently-abled students to prepare for academic success in college. We're aiming to de-stigmatize mental and medical health differences, and to champion advocacy by highlighting resources. There are resources available to you to mitigate obstacles, and you deserve to thrive. 

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Prepare For Your Alumni Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/20 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Your alumni interview is coming up. I know it seems daunting, but the interviewers are looking to advocate for your background, achievements, and interests. They'll be describing your personality, warmth, sense of humor, and ability to communicate to the admissions officer. In turn, you're evaluating them and their alma mater, too. Let's prepare you to shine. 

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How Do I Start A High School Club?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/9/20 10:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Starting a high school club is a great way to create your own leadership opportunity, but there are some moves that come off as insincere or unfocused to admissions officers. Let's talk about crafting a mission statement that ensures long-term impact, and demonstrates evidence of your genuine drive. 

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Your College Visit Checklist

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/31/19 4:09 PM / by Farah Weheba

University tours try to razzle–dazzle you with alumni facts, trivia, fun facts about parts of the campus that have appeared in movies, etc. Prepare a list so you can stay present and get swept up in the excitement, but gather the info you set out to collect along the way. 

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Do Your Homework On College Campus Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/30/19 12:48 AM / by Farah Weheba

When writing your college essays, you'll want to demonstrate some attachment to the university as far as the campus culture and applicable academic research. You also owe it to yourself to apply to schools that align with your personal values, unless you seek to be immersed in opposition. 

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Should I Apply To College As An Undecided Major?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/19 3:20 PM / by Farah Weheba

Applying to colleges admittedly undecided about your major is actually way harder than centering your application around a focused intended major. You’re signing up for a very challenging strategy- persuasion about your unbridled potential, while squashing suspicions that you’re aimless. 

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