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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How to Write “Why [insert college name here]” Essay?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/2/17 10:59 AM / by Lana Tanich

Many top colleges require their undergraduate applicants to write an essay explaining why they want to attend the particular college they’re applying for. This type of question can be structured in various forms yet asks for the same thing. For example, it can sounds something like this:

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How to Answer Coordinated Dual-Degree Programs Essay for University of Pennsylvania

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/29/17 12:32 PM / by Lana Tanich


Like other Ivy League colleges, University of Pennsylvania requires its undergraduate applicants to complete a university-specific essay. The first question is required for all majors. We talk about how to answer this question in another blog post where we go into details on answering “How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania?"

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Essay Scoop: How to Write Stanford Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/26/17 7:38 PM / by Natalie Thompson

Stanford is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Its beautiful campus is located in California’s Bay Area. There are seven different schools within the university, four of which are for undergraduate study. Because Stanford is so highly selective, your essay needs to show the qualities about you that make you stand out from the rest.

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Essay Scoop: How to Write University of Pennsylvania's Supplemental Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/25/17 8:28 PM / by Natalie Thompson

University of Pennsylvania is an urban university with about 10,000 undergraduate students. It is #8 in the list of top 50 schools in the U.S. When you apply to U Penn you will write an essay about your interests and include why you have chosen one of the four undergraduate schools.

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Exercises to Improve Your Writing

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/23/17 11:10 AM / by Rashi Jindani

English used to be my worst subject in high school. But I made a conscious effort to improve and in college I found my writing style. I started churning out essays became a piece of cake. There were a couple practices I used to improve my writing that you could also utilize and see if there is an improvement in your own style.

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Writing a Successful Essay for Columbia

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/22/17 10:57 AM / by Lana Tanich

As we all know college admissions process for an Ivy League school can be quite rigorous. Essays are a crucial aspect of your application and can often make or break your acceptance decision.

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