Student Stories Spotlight

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/16/20 5:31 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Wondering what it's really like to work with the Empowerly community? Of course, we think our program is pretty spectacular... but that's just us. Hear from real students as they reflect on their experiences with Empowerly and advice they have to offer you.

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Creating Your College List Using Data

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/26/20 1:10 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Developing your college list is a challenging task. Many students who approach us at Empowerly aim to apply to 6 or 7 (or more) well-selected schools, and spread those across safety, target, and reach colleges. So how do most people create these lists today?

Some students create complicated spreadsheets. Some simply apply to colleges that are easily accessible—schools that are geographically close, or that they've heard about from friends. Other students just guess, based on a vague impression.

But there's a better strategy: one that will help you reduce your stress, find your best-fit campus, and put you on the road to success. Do those benefits sound good to you? Read on.

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Parents: Why Choose an HBCU?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/20 3:57 PM / by Anne Macleod Weeks


The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines HBCUs as  “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.” HBCUs have a long legacy of producing successful graduates in all fields, with an active professional alumni network, which is one of the primary draws. In a competitive job market, students know they will have an extensive network within which to search for a job after graduation.

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The Public Health Benefits of Online College Counseling

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/3/20 3:34 PM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Do you want to avoid falling behind—and falling ill?

At this point, we’re all probably a little sick of hearing about the Coronavirus. Its effects on the education sector are, however, an under-discussed area, and one where online learning can help solve some of the problems.

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Colleges Offering Outstanding Autism and Accessibility Support

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/18/20 4:30 AM / by Farah Weheba

This is the second article in a series aimed to empower neurodivergent and differently-abled students to prepare for academic success in college. We're aiming to de-stigmatize mental and medical health differences, and to champion advocacy by highlighting resources. There are resources available to you to mitigate obstacles, and you deserve to thrive. 

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Seeking Accessible Education at Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/20 6:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

I’m sharing my personal account seeking reasonable academic accommodations at Stanford University in response to clinical anxiety in an attempt to de-stigmatize mental health struggles. There are resources available to you, and you deserve to thrive. 

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Prepare For Your Alumni Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/20 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Your alumni interview is coming up. I know it seems daunting, but the interviewers are looking to advocate for your background, achievements, and interests. They'll be describing your personality, warmth, sense of humor, and ability to communicate to the admissions officer. In turn, you're evaluating them and their alma mater, too. Let's prepare you to shine. 

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Your College Visit Checklist

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/31/19 4:09 PM / by Farah Weheba

University tours try to razzle–dazzle you with alumni facts, trivia, fun facts about parts of the campus that have appeared in movies, etc. Prepare a list so you can stay present and get swept up in the excitement, but gather the info you set out to collect along the way. 

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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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How Important Are Extracurricular Activities In College Admissions?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 4:00 PM / by Empowerly Team

Many students ask us how important extracurricular activities are in the college admissions process. It is fairly clear that academics are an important part of admissions, but which parts of the extracurricular story are actually important and how do you determine that? Here at Empowerly, we have spent the past 6 years understanding what colleges care about and helping thousands of students through the college admissions process. In this article, we use our data sorting tool to help you determine how important extracurricular activities are.

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The Most Overhyped Component of College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/18 11:00 AM / by Empowerly Team

What major should I choose? One of the most common questions we get about the college admissions process is the major selection. From our experience helping 5,000 students through 

workshops and individually through the process, we conclude that the major selection is the most overrated entry on the common application.

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How to put the Student, in Student Athlete

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/1/18 5:30 PM / by Heather Gupton

Being a student athlete in high school is hard because you have to balance school work with crazy practice times. It’s easy to say “well I like soccer more than calculus, so I’ll spend more time on soccer” or “my basketball skills are more likely to get me into a top university than my grades”. What a lot of students forget, is that it’s a lot easier to be a college athlete if you’re also a good student.

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Guides: 3 Big Ways to Save Money While in College

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/18 12:00 PM / by Christina Le

Everyone knows that college isn’t cheap. Other than the staggeringly high tuition costs, most college students also have to worry about purchasing textbooks and materials for classes, paying rent and 

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5 Crazy College Majors You Didn't Know Existed

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 5:35 PM / by Melanie Falconer

The course lists for colleges are often endless. Teachers have probably already talked about how limited the high school roster is in comparison. Although you might be thinking classes like "astronomy" and "philosophy," the list goes even longer and trust me, it can get very esoteric and

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Senior Strategies: Talking to College Students During Winter Break

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/6/17 5:30 PM / by Andy Wang

At this point in time, the application part of college planning is slowly winding down. Before looking to the new calendar year, applicants should take advantage of the extended breaks to reconnect with friends and classmates who are returning from their first semester of college.
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