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3 Scenarios When College Counselors Are Helpful

As new COVID-safety policies roll out and the future remains uncertain, standard curriculum provided to high schoolers facing college admissions just doesn’t cut it anymore. Getting independent advice for your child in college admissions seems like a must.

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11th Grade

Parents of Juniors: Let’s Talk About The Waitlist

You may be asking yourself, “The waitlist? My student is a junior! Why would I worry about the waitlist?”

While your application season is still months away, that doesn’t mean your college prep should wait until then. In this article, I’ll discuss the specific reasons why thinking about the waitlist when you student is in 11th grade instead of 12th grade can help you through the process.

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Data Trends

How College Admissions Counseling Can Help You Get Into College

Applying for college can be an overwhelming experience, but college admissions counseling can help to simplify the journey. The college application process is complicated; navigating your way through, while dealing with other responsibilities, can be stressful. Lighten the burden on yourself by considering how college admissions counseling can make life easier for you.  

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For Parents

Parents: Why Choose an HBCU?

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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9th-10th Grade

Ninth Grade Parents: Have Your Student Build A High School Portfolio

If you do end up needing a portfolio–for a summer program, contest, scholarship application, or anything else–there is nothing worse than facing a stack of college admission applications… and realizing you haven’t kept track of awards, projects, or even well-written English and history papers. Having concrete examples of student work and accomplishments easily on hand will make your family life much less stressful, especially if you aren’t having to hunt through boxes in the attic to meet a last-minute deadline.

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For Parents

My Empowerly Experience: Student Story

“So much more than just reading your essays,” says Priya.

Looking for a first-hand account of what it’s like to work with our Empowerly community, from a real student? To make sure you know the facts, we interviewed an Empowerly student, Priya K.,* about her experience. 

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For Parents

Why Should I Hire a Private College Counselor?

When my son was five, I signed him up for soccer at the local recreation center. As he got older, it was clear volunteer coaches and playing for fun didn’t fit him. So at 11, he started training and playing for a competitive team. He is now a much better soccer player because of the higher expectations, quality coaching, and more competitive play.

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For Parents

What to Expect from a Counseling Session with Empowerly

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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For Parents

Case Study: How College Counseling Helps San Mateo Students Get Ahead

he city of San Mateo, located in the intellectually vibrant Bay Area, is an incredibly well-educated community. The US Census Bureau reflects an idyllic picture of a typical Northern California “brain hub” hotspot: geographically close to the Silicon Valley, residents bringing in a high median income (approximately $994k annually), homes boasting nearly universal internet connection, and of course, the classic mild California climate.

Yet with a launchpad as great as this one, students are still feeling lost facing the college admissions process. Cookie-cutter in-school support resources aside, where else do they turn for help?

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