First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Monday, November 30 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for the inaugural session of a new series: First Start for Freshmen! In this event designed specifically for current freshmen in high school and their families, Giebien will open the floor to allow you to ask any and all questions you might have about navigating the first year of high school and how to set yourself up for future academic success. Stop in to ask a few questions or stick around for the whole hour to learn from other viewers' questions!

Your host

Undergrad College: Williams College '20

Work Experience: I first joined CollegeVine in the fall of 2016. Since then, I've worked as an essay and admissions consultant, SAT tutor, and hiring manager within the company. More recently, I've also advised hundreds of students in my livestreams, specializing in liberal arts colleges and standardized testing content.

My Admissions Story: I did almost everything wrong in my undergraduate applications, and I was never supposed to attend Williams. The fact that I did is the best thing that ever happened to me! I've learned a lot of tips over the years on what to do in your college applications, and I have ample first-hand experience of what not to do as well. But the biggest lesson of all? Don't let yourself stress too much about the admissions process. Things (somehow) found a way to work out for me in the end. They will for you, too!

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Giebien and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
6:45@anonymous:What do you think freshmen ought to be doing to discover their passion / major ?
12:58@Shriya:what if first quarter, I got all 100's because the material was really easy but later on I have like 98's ? Will this negatively impact my application?
14:27@anonymous:So while applying to colleges, you indicate a major, but I guess you are allowed to switch ? If so, what do you study as a freshman in college ? Is it related to the major you indicated ? Or you start afresh picking your courses?
16:07@anonymous:Is it a good idea to get a part time job as a freshman or sophomore?
18:31@chandras:What are some tips you would give to freshman regarding taking AP courses and a "rigorous coursework".
21:33@anonymous:Do you think there’s any value from a college admissions perspective to taking an AP Test even though you’re not able to take the corresponding AP Course ?
23:06@anonymous:For students who are hesitant about approaching or getting to know their teachers (high school is a new world and they lived on zoom for first 2 months), what are some creative ways to nudge that process forward?
25:24@chandras:Do you recommend taking the ACT as a freshman?
25:34@chandras:Will it negatively impact my application if I took the ACT a few times, like 4-5 times?
30:04@anonymous:When is a good time to start to prep SAT? Is freshman too early?
31:47@anonymous:What kind of things should the freshman be looking into for the upcoming summer What are some of the things to focus on in the summer after freshman year.
34:12@anonymous:I didn’t understand something- are all your ACT / SAT scores reported ? I thought you could luck which ones to report
34:38@Shriya:How important are foreign language classes in high school? Should I take all four years even though I want to do AP's?
37:08@anonymous:On the flip side, if I take the AP course but not the test, how is that perceived for college admissions
38:29@anonymous:Any advice on the things to pusue for the coming summer.
38:49@anonymous:What would you recommend as activities /ECAs to pursue for someone with an initial interest in psychology/ cognitive science/neuroscience?
40:35@Shriya:How do I get a lot of awards and recognition?
40:46@Shriya:How is science fair seen in college applications?
43:44@renee.w:Is it expected to achieve awards/credentials during freshman year?
44:26@anonymous:Do you like Williams college? Is it possible to go to medical school after graduate from a liberal art school?
47:39@anonymous:What are the ways to challenge yourself as a Freshman? Since in most HS you don’t have too much flexibility in your curriculum / course picks ?
47:42@anonymous:In our school system, the last 2 yrs of foreign language will be AP level (since we start in MS with foreign languages)
51:35@anonymous:Sat is known to be more difficult than act. Does college see sat and act as equal tests in difficulty?
53:49@anonymous:How competitive are these specific majors with respect to college admissions?
56:57@anonymous:How do I stand out in a very competitive high school and large graduating class size?
60:47@Shriya:Do I need to get major recognition in a passion project for it to be considered to put in the application?
63:02@Shriya:What are some good ways to show leadership and initiative other than being club leader?
65:09@renee.w:Is it beneficial to take music / music ensemble courses all four years of high school?
66:59@Cayla:How can I participate in more extracurriculars if my school doesn't provide that many?
68:28@anonymous7996:I´ ve made a web app that aims to make homework less stressful and more healthy for elementary students. Itś made homework less stressful for 70% of the students and more enjoyable and productive for 50-60% of the students who used it (80 sixth graders) After I get some feedback and results from a younger audience (A class of 3rd graders) Iḿ going to pitch it to my district to hopefully get it promoted by district (get it out to more students) What tier would this EC rank in if I got it promoted by district.


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