Trick or Treat: Conquer the Senior Scaries!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/31/20 6:30 AM / by Sara Mirza

Senioritis: How do you identify it, and what do you do about it?

Don't get spooked. The Empowerly Senioritis Busters are here! Let's talk about all the ways you can overcome a temporary lapse in motivation during the final stretches.

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When Are College Applications Due? College App Deadlines Coming Up!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/20 3:20 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

It's fall semester and all of a sudden, everyone around you is talking about college application deadlines... and you hear a lot of conflicting answers. It's totally okay to be confused! Don't let that confusion stop you from asking questions. 

Looking for some clear answers? You don't have to slog through pages of Google search results to get a semi-unsure timeline. Check out our list, below.

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Brown University: Focus, Perception, and Bursts of Beta

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/22/20 7:30 AM / by Melanie Falconer

Brown University is one of the leading universities in the nation with an accomplished staff dedicated to an excellence in teaching. Established in 1764, it is widely regarded as a liberal university, one of the first to accept students regardless of religious affiliation. It is located in the beautiful and historic Providence, Rhode Island. The school specializes in pioneering groundbreaking research in all areas of study.

Interested in learning more? Read up on some current research the campus is leading to enrich your understanding of the school itself.

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How to Strengthen Your Reading Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/20 8:30 AM / by Empowerly Team

Do you love to read? Do you sit in school anxiously waiting for the opportunity to dive into a good book as soon as the bell rings? If this does not describe you, then you might benefit from gaining some great reading strategies. Readers who read well often like to read too. And since reading is so important for school, college testing, and many careers, it’s a good idea to develop those skills now. What does a good reader do?

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Counselor Chat with Christine W.

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/13/20 8:45 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Are you wondering whether you should consider college counseling? Ready to start, but lost when it comes to actually get going? We asked your top questions to our talented counselor Christine W., to get her perspective on this pivotal moment in young people's lives. Read her advice below about:

  • why finding the right counselor is so important,
  • when the best (and worst) times to start counseling sessions is,
  • and what she wishes all parents knew.
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What If There Aren't Any AP Classes that Relate to My Major?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/20 9:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Want to understand how to optimize your high school course selection and get on track for your intended major in college? Wondering whether taking that extra AP class will even be worth it for you? Maybe you’re just unsure of how fall 2020 will impact your AP classes and tests, or what to do to prepare. It’s a common area of confusion for many students, and for good reason. Why take an academically rigorous, college-level course, if you aren’t sure how it will help you?

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Stress Less: Mindfulness Exercises for Student Self Care

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/15/20 7:00 AM / by Norah Scanlan

The year 2020 has challenged all preconceived notions of what the future will look like for the current generation of high school students—and it's only June! That can mean a lot of pressure for students. With all the global uncertainty going on, it can be difficult to even think about making college decisions or planning for the next few years. We hear you! If you need a break, or some tools in your personal toolbox for how to cope with rising stress levels, read on. Our expert editor Norah shows us how to take a break and recoup your strength to keep going.

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Weighted vs Unweighted GPA and How Colleges View Them

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/6/20 8:30 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

COVID has brought grading schemes under the microscope, once again. You may well know that schools evaluate academic performance in two ways:

1) in the classroom through letter grades, and 2) through Grade Point Average, or GPA.

You’re likely familiar the grading from A-F, but colleges are interested in overall performance—with a quick glance of your unweighted GPA which will fall between 0.0 and 4.0. Colleges could also be interested in a weighted GPA which applies more proportional weight to more difficult classes.

However, more and more classes are also offering P and NP. Wondering what that means? Read on for a breakdown of how this plays out today.

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What to Expect from a Counseling Session with Empowerly

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/4/20 6:05 PM / by Casey Monahan

Empowerly provides expert advice to high school students applying to college. Our counselors play a huge role in working one-on-one with our students to help them through the application process. You may be wondering, “what’s so important about getting college admissions counseling?” or “how can a college counselor help me?”

We talked to Sheelah Bearfoot, one of our fantastic counselors, to get the scoop.

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What an Admissions Expert Has to Say About AP Tests

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/17/20 8:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

It’s AP season, so we talked to one of our wonderful counselors, Jennifer Liepin, about her own advice on AP tests. Read her thoughts below about:

  • why you should take AP classes,
  • how they help with college applications,
  • how to prepare for the test,
  • and what you should do if you don’t do well.
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Important: Digital Toolkit Update!

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/1/20 6:48 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

As they say, time is money; don't waste either of yours. Want better results for all your hard work? Track your progress.

Record your academic performance and standardized test scores in your Academic Profile section of the Digital Toolkit. By doing so, Empowerly's counselors, editors, and expert researchers can give you more customized feedback and recommendations!

 

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I Didn't Get Into a Summer Program: Plan B

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/25/20 8:00 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 any summer program rejection letters. Check out growth mindset, and put together an amazing and self-driven plan B summer program. 

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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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Facing A College Rejection Letter

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/2/20 8:00 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 and college rejection letters. Check out this whole growth mindset business. 

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Why I Wish I'd Had College Counseling

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/20 8:00 AM / by Sarah Palmer

What can a college counselor offer me that I don't already know? Sarah Palmer offers up a cautionary tale and encourages utilizing college counseling resources. 

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