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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Community Service For Students Interested In STEM

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/19 9:40 AM / by Empowerly Team

Are you looking for community service opportunities that relate to STEM? If you’re headed on the STEM track, you should look for volunteer opportunities that allow you to practice and provide your expertise in science, technology, engineering or math.

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How to Write a Summary Statement for a Resume

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/19 2:14 PM / by Empowerly Team

There are two types of statements typically listed on a resume - either the objective statement or the summary statement. Below are examples of each:  

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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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Book Club: February Reading List

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/19 8:17 AM / by Empowerly Team

As promised, we are back with our book recommendations for February! If you missed our first post in January, we talked about the positive impact a love for reading can have on college readiness.

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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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Great Study Habits to Take You from Freshman Year to Graduation

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/19 4:35 PM / by Heather Gupton

Establishing good study habits can take time and practice, but the sooner you start focusing on forming good practices, the easier it will be to succeed in high school. With every passing year of school, students’ workload gets heavier and more challenging. Students should have a plan to tackle the increasing schoolwork and effective study habits should be an important aspect of that plan. 

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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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How to Pay for Graduate School

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/7/19 5:30 PM / by LendEDU

Paying for graduate school can be a challenge for many students. Different factors play a role in how much graduate school costs. A master’s degree program can be finished in one to two years in most cases, and the average yearly tuition can cost $30,000 to $40,000, according to Peterson’s.

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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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Planning Your College Visits

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/19 10:40 AM / by Heather Gupton

Visiting college campuses is one of the most exciting parts of the college application process, apart from getting acceptance letters, of course! However, a lot of students don’t know what schools to visit or what questions to ask once they’re there. By being strategic about the schools you visit and the information you gather,  you can use your time efficiently and really find a school that’s the best match for you.

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How to Answer the 2019-20 Common App Essay (Part 2)

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/25/19 11:00 AM / by Lauren Ward

Hello again, and welcome back. We're going through Common App's 2019-20 essay prompts four through seven in this post, and will be addressing how to stand out for each one. For the first part of this two part-series see How to Answer the 2019 -20 Common App Essay (Part 1).

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How to Answer the 2019-20 Common App Essay (Part I)

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/23/19 11:51 AM / by Lauren Ward

This year, the Common App announced that the 2019-2020 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2018-2019 essay prompts. This is immensely helpful for the team at Empowerly, as we are very familiar with the questions and it also means that students have more time to prepare their responses. 

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So, You Got Into College... Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/21/19 11:03 AM / by Heather Gupton

Getting into college is a really amazing feeling. You've spent so much time on your essays and checked over your application with so much care, that when you finally get that acceptance it all feels worth it. But so many students focus solely on the “getting into college” part, and tend to forget about the “going to college” part.

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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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