Specialized Advisors



STEM Advisor

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.

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    • Princeton University, Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Computer Science

    • High school valedictorian

  • View STEM Awards

    • Intel ISEF Winner

    • Office of Naval Research Medal Winner

    • National Science Bowl Finalist

    • Science UI

    • Alamo Regional Science & Engineering Fair

    • ExxonMobil State Science Fair in Chemistry

    • ARASE Grand Award for Research

    • Governor’s Academy for STEM Champions

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    • 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

  • View Music: Piano & Viola

    • Performed at Carnegie Hall

    • Won 1st place at International Sonata an 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

  • View Competitive Sports

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

    • College athlete at Princeton in both swimming and rowing


Finance Advisor

Dennis received computer science and finance degrees from UT Austin. He then 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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

  • View Entrepreneurship

    • 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

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    • 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

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    • Undergraduate Computational Finance Group (UCF) – Co – Founder

    • 3 Day Startup

    • Investment Banking Association

    • American Enterprise Institute

    • ABSA Consulting Team


Pre-Med Advisor

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.

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    • University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

    • Boston University, Masters in Medical Science

    • UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts in Public Health

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    • 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

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    • 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

  • View 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


Humanities Advisor

Patty studied Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford. She currently lives in Berlin and works as a playwright and performance maker. Her areas of expertise are in narrative essay writing, humanities, and the arts. She has extensive experience helping students develop passions and craft their personal approach to applying for colleges.

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

  • View Awards

    • Ars Nova artistic fellow and recipient of Jane Stanford Fellowship

    • Sharifa Omade Edoga Prize for work addressing social issues

  • View Experience

    • 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

  • View Secondary Languages

    • Fluent in German

  • View Competitive Sports

    • Coxswain for Stanford Varsity Division-1 Crew Team


Law Advisor

Hua graduated from Duke University and Northwestern School of Law. Her work experience includes CEO of a healthcare startup, private equity lawyer, investment banker at Lehman Brothers, and strategy consultant at Accenture. Hua was a U.S. Presidential Scholar, ABA Legal Scholar, and MIT Entrepreneurship Review contributor.

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    • Northwestern University School of Law, Dean's List

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

  • View Awards

    • 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

  • View Experience

    • CEO, SmartBridge Health

    • K&L Gates LLP Corporate Associate

    • Proskauer Rose LLP Corporate Associate

    • Accenture Strategy Consultant

    • Lehman Brothers Investment Banking Analyst

  • View Secondary Languages

    • Fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and Spanish


Computer Science Advisor

Rohan is an undergraduate computer science student at Cornell University's College of Engineering. He has extensive experience in science research, software engineering, and varsity athletics. Rohan enjoys working with high school students to develop their academic and extracurricular interests in computer science, engineering, and entrepreneurial leadership.

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

  • View STEM Research

    • Researched electrochemical water purification at MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering

    • Researched sustainable water treatment design at Columbia University' Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering

    • Independently designed a novel solar-powered cell for water and air purification

  • View Experience

    • Software Engineering Intern, 1-800-Flowers.com

    • Computer Science Summer Institute, Google

    • Co-Founder and President of AQUASORB, an environmental volunteer group promoting sustainable water consumption in water-stressed communities

    • Computer Science and Mathematics Tutor, Varsity Tutors

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    • National First Prize, Lexus Eco Challenge

    • State Finalist, US Stockholm Junior Water Prize

    • First Prize and Sustainability Award, WAC Light Foundation Invitational Science Fair

    • Second Prize, New York State Science & Engineering Fair (NYSSEF) Andromeda

    • Highest Honors, Long Island Science Congress

    • Second Prize, Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (LISEF) JV

  • View Competitive Sports

    • Co-Captain, High School Varsity Cross Country

    • Co-Captain, High School Varsity Indoor Track

    • Co-Captain, High School Varsity Outdoor Track & Field

    • Honors: Junior Olympics National Qualifier, Scholar-Athlete State Champion, All-County, All-Conference, Varsity Award


How much do sessions cost?

Sessions are $10 for 15 minutes or $20 for 30 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 video conference 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?

  1. Your advisor will give a brief overview of their background

  2. You tell the advisor about your goals, interests and concerns

  3. 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 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