Found A Club- Meaningfully

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/9/20 10:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Starting a school club is a great way to create your own leadership opportunity, but there are some moves that come off as insincere or unfocused to admissions officers. Let's talk about crafting a mission statement that ensures long term impact, and demos evidence of your drive. 

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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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Applying Internationally – Building Your Extracurricular College Profile

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/19 5:32 PM / by Sarah Palmer

US high schools often build extracurricular activities into their student experience, but this might not be the case if you’re attending a high school in another country. In my years working in China, I’ve often seen students struggle to build their extracurricular (EC) activities list. If this applies to you, here are some options. 

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Make It- A College Portfolio Arts & Holiday Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/4/19 3:36 PM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

This holiday season, highlight your leadership, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Demonstrate your aptitude and dedication, whether or not you plan on majoring in the arts.

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Planning a Summer for Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/19/19 5:43 PM / by Empowerly Team

I'm bored. Yeah, it's 6 weeks into summer. We're all bored...unless we plan a stimulating and growth-mindset-building set of challenges and deep dive into something new. 

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What To Look For In a High School Summer Program

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/11/19 7:04 PM / by Heather Gupton

Summer break is an important opportunity for students to add credentials to their college application. Students can travel, do volunteer work, study for the SAT, or participate in academic summer programs. There are countless different summer programs out there but they are not all created equal.

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How to Prepare for a High School Internship

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/18/19 2:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

So you got the internship you had your sights on! Congratulations, it's a great accomplishment and you can breath a sigh of relieve that you have your summer sorted. But there are some things you can do to prepare yourself between now and your start date, to make sure you get the most of your internship.

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Community Service For Students Interested In STEM

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/19 9:40 AM / by Empowerly Team

Are you looking for community service opportunities that relate to STEM? If you’re headed on the STEM track, you should look for volunteer opportunities that allow you to practice and provide your expertise in science, technology, engineering or math.

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STEM Summer Programs For Girls

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/19 11:10 AM / by Julia de Raadt

We've all heard a lot about the push to encourage girls into STEM but just how is this objective  achieved? One view is that we need to start at a young age, exposing girls and young women to the world of STEM so that when they reach college they apply for a STEM major and are well-prepared and competent enough to succeed. 

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Summer Activities For Every High School Student

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/18 9:47 AM / by Julia de Raadt

The summer is still six months away, and for most high school students, planning it is furthest from their mind. But deadlines for many of the more selective and free programs fall in December and January and early planning will ensure that your summer is filled with a variety of valuable and worthwhile activities.

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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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STEM Students: How to Ask to Researcher to Join their Lab for a Summer Research Position (Email)

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many STEM students, getting involved with an existing lab is a primary goal. However, these labs are not always extraordinarily receptive to high school students, as students in this age category often lack the critical “prior experience” to immediately demonstrate their usefulness to the lab.

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Guides: What To Do Over the Summer in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/5/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Ever wondered how you could go about maximizing your summers to enhance your college application? Hear what Synocate, a top online college admissions counseling service, has to say!

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Senior Strategies: What to Do for the Summer Before College

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/12/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

The summer between senior year and college is an odd one. The notion of a college application, that drove and directed the summer plans of many students, is gone, but by and large, students are not entitled to the higher-level internships offered to college students. 

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Underclassmen Update: COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/24/18 4:00 PM / by Natalie Thompson

If you enjoy science or mathematics and would like a STEM major in college, there are incredible summer programs to inspire and motivate you. COSMOS, SUMaC, and SIMR are some of the top STEM summer programs in the country. These summer programs offer intensive 4-8 week long experiences that require an application to be admitted as well as commitment to sciences or math.
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