Resilience in Facing Decision Letters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19 11:00 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. 

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Admissions Decisions: Let’s Go Dragon Slaying

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Good grades aren’t enough to drive admission to a top tier college. What sets you apart is demonstrable weirdness. We'll explain.

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Controversial Essay Topics

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/12/19 5:00 PM / by Farah Weheba

Wondering how to handle delicate topics in your college essays? You're not alone. College admissions officers get one good chance to understand you as a person through your essays. Deciding how to approach topics like politics and mental health can be a challenge. While they're not easy areas to navigate, many students feel that their applications would not be complete without addressing some of their most polarizing opinions or life-changing experiences—however controversial. We're here to help.

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10 Most Common Editing Pitfalls

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/22/19 5:42 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Your college essays speak for you within your application. They tell your story and your dreams. They remain your best opportunity to really pull together your resume, transcripts, and letters of rec in order to create a complete picture of who you are as a student. And it’s your first and last chance to make an impression on the admissions officer who has never met you before but will eventually decide whether to accept or reject your application.

This pressure is no joke. But rather than paralyze you, it should serve to emphasize the importance of the final draft you submit! With stakes like these, you should absolutely edit your drafts to ensure you catch the little details. 

We know—the editing process proves difficult for lots of people. That’s why we’re here to explain the ten most common editing pitfalls so that as you’re combing over your essays one final time before you send them off, you’ll know what to avoid.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer University of Washington Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/19 9:35 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The University of Washington application evaluates student candidates holistically, emphasizing more than grades and scores. That means that the essays you submit are absolutely critical! Your writing needs to effectively tell your story to reviewers and convince them that you should be at their school.

Let’s take a look at the prompts you’re working with to make sure your essays hit the right note.

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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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