Julia de Raadt


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When Applying Early to College Can Pay Off

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/20/19 9:36 AM / by Julia de Raadt

The college admission code isn't a code that can be cracked easily. There are no hard and fast rules that apply for all colleges and the selection criteria aren't entirely objective. But data can provide us with some clues into admission chances.

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Our Top Picks for BS/MD programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/30/19 11:08 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many students dream of becoming a doctor. It's a noble profession, helping people and saving lives. While most students go down the traditional path of completing an undergraduate, taking the MCAT and then going on to medical school;  accelerated BS/MD programs are growing in popularity.

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How to Manage AP Exam Stress

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/19 10:21 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Exam period can be an extremely stressful time for students and AP exams are no exception. When stress gets the better of us, it can really affect performance. But how do you conquer test nerves? Below are some strategies to remain calm and put your best foot forward during the AP exam period.

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Community Service For Students Interested in Social Sciences

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/8/19 7:27 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Volunteering in your community is a great way to give back, learn new skills, establish a professional network, and demonstrate responsibility. It's also a way to further explore and test whether you want to pursue a career in areas that currently interest you. For students interested in the social sciences, there are several types of community service opportunities that you can explore. 

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How to Prepare for a High School Internship

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/18/19 2:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

So you got the internship you had your sights on! Congratulations, it's a great accomplishment and you can breath a sigh of relieve that you have your summer sorted. But there are some things you can do to prepare yourself between now and your start date, to make sure you get the most of your internship.

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Taking College Courses in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/19 7:19 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Many high school students elect to take college-level courses while in high school and the trend appears to be growing. A longitudinal study between 2009 and 2016, found that about a third of students (34 percent) took courses for post-secondary credit in high school. But what are the benefits of enrolling in community college and does it give students a leg up in their college applications? 

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College Admission Trends in 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/21/19 8:24 AM / by Julia de Raadt

As we begin to wind up the 2018-19 college admission cycle and our seniors anxiously await their college application outcomes, we have begun to think ahead to the next cycle of college admissions. Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) produces an insightful report on the State of College Admission.

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STEM Summer Programs For Girls

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/19 11:10 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We've all heard a lot about the push to encourage girls into STEM but just how is this objective  achieved? One view is that we need to start at a young age, exposing girls and young women to the world of STEM so that when they reach college they apply for a STEM major and are well-prepared and competent enough to succeed. 

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International Enrollments In US Colleges Declining

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/31/19 2:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

Since Empowerly first started offering college admission counseling back in 2015, we have seen an increase in the overall number of foreign students studying in the US. However, the Institute of International Education (IIE) recently released a report that found that new student enrollments fell by 6.6 percent in 2017-18, the biggest drop since 9/11, continuing a downward trend which was first observed in the 2015-16 academic year.

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College Admissions - Regular Decision Deadlines 2018-19

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/18 7:22 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We all know what it feels like to leave things to the last minute right before an important deadline. Most regular decision deadlines for college admissions fall in January and we want to share them with you so you get you college applications in on time. The table below includes application deadlines for the most popular colleges.

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Summer Activities For Every High School Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/18 9:47 AM / by Julia de Raadt

The summer is still six months away, and for most high school students, planning it is furthest from their mind. But deadlines for many of the more selective and free programs fall in December and January and early planning will ensure that your summer is filled with a variety of valuable and worthwhile activities.

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Which College Major Will Increase Admission Chances?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/18 1:17 PM / by Julia de Raadt

It’s a question that gets asked a lot at Empowerly - which major should I choose to increase my chances of admission? Or more specifically for example, I’d like to major in bioengineering at this college. Can you tell me what the admission rates are compared to other programs. I may apply to another if my chances decline in choosing this program.

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GPA vs Standardized Testing - Which Weighs More Heavily?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/18 12:30 PM / by Julia de Raadt

 Students often ask whether GPA or standardized test scores are more important, especially in the case that they have a strong GPA but a lower SAT/ACT or vice versa. Will a low test score ruin my chances of getting into my college of choice? 

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Boston College Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/17 10:37 AM / by Julia de Raadt

Boston College - home of the eagle. Boston College, founded in 1863, was the first established higher education institution in the city of Boston. Admission to the University is selective, with about 30% of applicants admitted each year.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer University of Michigan Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/17 1:25 PM / by Julia de Raadt

The University of Michigan is a well-regarded research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It boasts that there are more than 1,000 undergraduate research opportunities on campus and that every five weeks a new company is launched based on U-M technologies.

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