Specialized Advisors




Changxiao Xie

Changxiao graduated as high school valedictorian and now studies at Princeton University. He has extensive experience with STEM research and science programs. He looks forward to helping students with similar interests in the STEM, music, and sports develop their academic interests and extracurricular passions.


Princeton University, Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Computer Science

High school valedictorian

STEM Awards

Intel ISEF Winner

Office of Naval Research Medal Winner

National Science Bowl Finalist

Science UI

Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Exxon Mobil State Science Fair in Chemistry

ARASE Grand Award for Research

Governor's Academy for STEM Champions

STEM Research

Researched perovskite fuel cell cathodes at UTSA with Professor Cheng

Paid researcher at Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute

Built, programmed, and deployed weather stations at Mission Solar and Fort Sam

Music: Piano & Viola

Performed at Carnegie Hall

Won 1st place at International Sonata and Sonatina Piano Competition

Performed and won showcase concert at McCormick Place with Brandeis Chamber Orchestra for the International Midwest Clinic and Convention

Performed National Anthem with string orchestra at Spurs vs. Rockets game

Winning performer twice at Winter Park Ski Music Festival

Competitive Sports

High school men's swimming and diving team: second best in Texas

College athelete at Princeton in both swimming and rowing


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Hua Wang


Northwestern University School of Law, Dean's List

Duke University, Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Political Science, Markets and Management


Kauffman Foundation Global Scholar

Asian/Pacific Studies Institute Fellow

United States Presidential Scholar

Dell Social Innovation Challenge Finalist

Harvard Social Enterprise Competition Finalist

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship.


CEO, SmartBridge Health

K&L Gates LLP Corporate Associate

Proskauer Rose LLP Corporate Associate

Accenture Strategy Consultant

Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Analyst

Secondary Languages

Fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and Spanish




Dennis Thankachan

Dennis received computer science and finance degrees from UT Austin and received admission to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dennis worked at Goldman Sachs and two hedge funds before founding the technology startup Nexus Connectivity which designs and builds telecom networks.


Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA Candidate

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Honors

Finance Awards

First Place in UIA Stock Pitch Competition

Second Place in Bank of America Stock Pitch Competition

McCombs Rising Star Leadership Award

George Mitchell Leadership Award

Entrepreneurship Experience

Founder & CEO of Nexus Connectivity, a technology-driven provider of telecom infrastructure deployment

Developed processes to make network deployment easier, faster, and cheaper

Created automation-driven process with a capital-efficient approach to telecom infrastructure builds

Finance Experience

Naya Ventures – Venture Capital Analyst

Apollo Global Management – Private Equity Summer Analyst

Goldman, Sachs & Co. – Investment Banking Summer Analyst

Goldman, Sachs & Co. – Investment Banking Analyst, Industrials

PointState Capital LP – Analyst

Leadership Experience

Undergraduate Computational Finance Group (UCF) – Co-Founder

3 Day Startup

Investment Banking Association

American Enterprise Institute

ABSA Consulting Team

Computer Science

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Rohan Basavaraju


Cornell University College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Business Specialization


U.S. Water Quality & Scarcity Analysis selected competitor. Applied machine learning for social impact on California's clean water crisis.

MIT Research Engineering Intern: Spearheaded creative project development, innovative water treatment design, & materials preparation/testing

Columbia University Research Engineering Intern: Invented patent-pending water filter technology for up to 800% more efficient gravity-based water purification


Co-Founder and President, Aquasorb water resource and conservation program

Google Inc. Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI-Coursera) Participant

Varsity Tutors Online Computer Science and Mathematics Tutor




Rajika Jindani

Rajika studied Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her experience in medical and health programs includes participation in the Clinton Global Initiative University, research at UCSF, and work at a health tech startup. She is completing her MD/MPH at UMiami and looks forward to chatting with you about her journey to medical school.


University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Boston University, Masters in Medical Science

UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in Public Health

Medical Research

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening with Artificial Intelligence and Telemedicine project in Brazil

ENT research looking at pediatric temporal bone fractures and imaging costs

Opthamology Externship

Clinical Immunology Research Internship, Amgen

UC San Francisco Patient Support Corps Intern

Holland Lab Undergraduate Researcher

Leadership Experience

MD/MPH Program Admissions Ambassador

Clinton Global Initiative University Representative

President of MEDLIFE campus chapter

Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Medical Student Committee

Women in Surgery Committee of the FCACS

Volunteer Experience

Department of Community Service Health Fair Volunteer

Ophthalmology Interest Club Vision Van Coordinator

Nicaragua Medical Mission Logistics Assistant

Debbie School Volunteer

Patient Navigator at Department of Community Service Health Fairs

Academic Society Training Aide



Patricia Hamilton


Stanford University, Bachelor or Arts with Honors in Theater and Performance Studies


Ars Nova artistic fellow and recipient of Jane Stanford Fellowship


Stanford Arts Intensive course teaching assistant

Cardinal Scholars Tutor in SAT prep, college admissions and essay writing

Artistic Intern/Apprentice to Wolgang Georgsdorf, olfactory artist

Directing Intern for Schlütterstraße 37

Production Assistant for Expat Expo international performance festival

Secondary Languages

Fluent in German

Competitive Sports

Coxswain for Stanford Varsity Division-1 Crew Team

How much do sessions cost?

Sessions are $40 for 30 minutes or $60 for 45 minutes.

How does sessions work?

  1. Find your preferred advisor and select the scheduling button

  2. Book a session with your advisor at the date and time of your choice

  3. You’ll receive an email with a meeting link

  4. Click the link at your scheduled time to join the video conference

Do I need to prepare for a session?

While preparation isn’t required, we recommend creating a list of questions so you can maximize your time with the advisor.

What happens during the session?

  • Your advisor will give a brief overview of their background

  • You tell the advisor about your goals, interests and concerns

  • Your advisor will provide guidance to achieve your goals

Are there additional advisors available?

The Empowerly team includes more than 50 specialized advisors in a variety of fields. Sign up for a free consultation to learn more about comprehensive Premium services and gain access to additional advisors.

What topics do specialized advisors discuss?

Specialized advisors discuss their experiences pursuing educational opportunities and offer guidance for your personal goals. For example:

  • Find research opportunities and ways to approach professors

  • Essay ideas and how to create a successful story

  • Tips to succeed in competitions and extracurricular programs

  • Course recommendations

  • Which majors are beneficial for jobs and future prospects

  • Navigate the application process

  • How to be a successful student

  • Networking and research skills

The advisors offer great advice on how to get into college and strategies you should implement to further your chances of getting into your dream school!
— Tina L