Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for the third installment of a new series: Just for Juniors!

In this event designed specifically for current juniors in high school and their families, Giebien will open the floor to allow you to ask any and all questions you might have about the admissions process. 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.
2:27@chandras:What are the best ways to prepare for college applications and how should we go handling them to increase our chance of being accepted.
2:29@chandras:Any tips for juniors that want to increase their chance at being accepted for selective colleges that they can do?
9:02@chandras:Can you help me understand what Teir 1, 2, 3, ect. extracurricular activites are and how many of each tier do we need to get into the most selective colleges?
15:20@anonymous:How much do the AP scores matter relative to other things like GPA, SAT scores, etc?
17:21@anonymous:How do we work on extracurriculars while also living through COVID, specifically for online students?
19:44@smontague98:How will COVID affect college admissions for our class? Especially since so many people have deferred.
23:45@catasegura:How much difference do SAT subject tests make when applying to schools with 15%-25% acceptance rates? Would it provide a big advantage if I do them? (So basically, selective but not Ivys/Standford/MIT.)
27:17@smontague98:When is a good time to get one-on-one with admissions officers?
29:08@smontague98:What should you be talking to admissions officers about? I have the opportunity for one-on-ones and I'm not sure what to say/ask.
32:25@anonymous:Where should we be in terms of college preparation during our junior year through the summer before senior year?
35:10@anonymous:What are the best ways to get the attention of schools that track interest?
38:52@anonymous:What are different things on your college apps that helped you stand out to Williams?
42:49@anonymous:What is the process of being waitlisted? Do you write follow up essays or is it just a waiting game?
44:00@anonymous:So what exactly is the personal statement that you recommended we start during a break?
46:05@chandras:At what years do you think taking teh ACT is best, and how many times would be acceptable.
50:11@anonymous:Hi! Could you talk more about your art supplement? I'm interested in submitting a visual arts portfolio, but I've heard that it can potentially hurt your admissions.
53:30@chandras:What are the best ways to prepare for college applications, like what are the general parts and how much is each part weighted?
58:21@anonymous:Are supplements only for the arts? When is it recommended?


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