What Should I Write for Optional Essays?

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/19 1:34 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Picture this: college app deadlines are looming and you’re hard at work on your applications. You’ve compiled and narrowed down a college list, made a strategy for presenting your extracurriculars, and started brainstorming and drafting your essays. Good for you! On top of all this work, you notice that a few of your applications allow for that perplexing, dark horse component: the optional essay. 

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer CalTech Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/17/19 11:38 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The California Institute of Technology—better known by the nickname CalTech—is widely regarded as one of the top ten universities in the United States. In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently named CalTech for the coveted spot #5 on its 2020 list. Want to know how to crack the CalTech essay supplements and present your best self to the admissions committee? In this post, we’ll go through each of their school-specific prompts for you and discuss how to best ace each answer.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer MIT Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/6/19 12:47 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Wondering how to approach the essay supplements for MIT? You’re not alone. It’s no surprise that the school is extremely selective, with the admission rate hovering around eight percent each year. If MIT is your dream school, you face serious odds. Read on to learn a little more about the school itself and get tips on how to think critically about your essay strategy so you can give yourself the best chance possible of standing out.

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How to Start Brainstorming For Your College Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/12/19 1:00 PM / by Frances Cheng

Summer is the perfect time to start writing your essays because college application season is right around the corner! The Empowerly Team understands how difficult writer’s block is, so we listed out some concrete steps for you to get started, and how to craft the perfect essay!

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Your Guide to the UCLA Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/5/19 3:00 PM / by Heather Gupton

University of California, Los Angeles is a public university located in the southern part of California. Founded in 1919, the university has about 31,000 undergraduate students and is one of the most applied-to universities in the country. Students can apply to UCLA through the UC application which is due on November 30th for all students. Now let’s take a closer look at applying to UCLA!

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Your Guide to the UT Austin Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/27/19 4:00 PM / by Heather Gupton

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university that many Empowerly and nationwide students have on their college list. Founded in 1833, the university is known for its strong undergraduate business and engineering schools, as well as having many prestigious graduate programs. Applications are due November 1st for the priority deadline and on December 1st for the regular deadline so let’s dive into the application process!

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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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How To Answer Vague College Essay Prompts

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/29/18 3:52 PM / by Teddy Selverian

There are many questions on a college application that may seem like they're not straight forward and meant to trick you. But really, these questions are designed to give the you the opportunity to express your creativity and your passions.

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College Admissions Tips from Stanford Grads - How to Write a College Admissions Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Ever wondered what you should put in your essay to get into your dream school? Hear advice from Stanford grads on the 4 key elements of a college admissions essay that will make your essay memorable!

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The Do's and Don'ts of Essay Editing

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/20/17 3:18 PM / by Andy Wang

When it comes down to the wire, there are a couple key points of college essay editing that students should be wary of when nearing a deadline. 

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College Essay Supplements

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/17 6:35 PM / by Andy Wang

With most college essay applications, supplemental essays are often required by schools to accompany the main application essay. What sets these supplemental essays apart from the main essay is that these essays are specifically catered to the college and university that the applicant has selected to apply to. 

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How My Essays Got Me Into Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/20/17 5:00 PM / by Carlie Tenenbaum

On paper I was an average Stanford applicant--good grades, good test scores, leadership in extracurriculars, community service, strong letters of rec. That's what we all have. That's what they expect. So how do they choose the 1,600 unique, talented, personable, well-rounded freshmen that call the Farm home each fall?

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Tips on Writing an Admissions Essay for Yale

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/17 2:32 PM / by Niko Mann

Yale is one of the most selective universities in the country. Writing an excellent admissions essay can increase your chances of making the cut. The admissions committee will expect short yet concise statements that also showcases your personality. Reviewing the questions and having your answers written before starting your application is essential. 

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Essay Scoop: How to Write California Institute of Technology Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/2/17 1:30 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Interested in engineering or math? Want to go to a school just for people with the same interests? CalTech, located in Pasadena, California has 24 majors, most of which are in Science or Engineering. The most popular undergraduate majors are Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, and Physical sciences.

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