Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the second part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the first part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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Parents: My Student Identifies As LGBQT+

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/28/20 9:00 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

As parents, we want our students to thrive in college.  How can we make sure our students thrive while accepting and growing into their identities? Read on for more.

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College Bound: Building Healthy Family Relationships

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/20 11:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Your parental figures raised you and put lots of time and care into you. If you feel that it is important to have a life-long healthy relationship with them, the time to start is now! Well, actually, the time to start was probably whenever you joined the program, since that's how long they've been looking out for you. But it's never too late...

As you prepare to graduate from high school and transition to college, you enter the adult world. These changes will affect your relationship with your parents, so it would be a good idea to build a new relationship with them.

 

* Parental figures and parents mean the people who hopefully protected, cared for, and taught you things when you were young. They don't have to be blood relatives; your chosen family, or lack thereof, is valid. Sometimes, you parent yourself. 

 

Here are some healthy ways to build a more adult relationship with your parents, whoever they may be.

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Why It's OK to Enter College with an Undecided Major

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/13/20 7:45 AM / by Gwen Hornaday

Picking a major is a confusing decision for any student to make. It is even more confusing when you have no idea what you want to do. I, like many students, fell into that category.

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5 Regrets These Students Had from High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/5/20 12:49 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Given a year of massive change, it's easy to look back and wish we could start over. "Hindsight is 20/20," as the saying goes – a sentiment never more apt than now. And for you, the next generation of high school students, facing a major junction in your lives? I can only imagine that feeling is compounded. 

 

No one wants to graduate with regrets. But sometimes, the insight we gain from forging our own path through life holds valuable wisdom. So what can we do about it? I interviewed a range of thoughtful, reflective individuals to see what they wish they had known before leaving high school. 

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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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