First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Moriah

Recorded Wednesday, December 9 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Moriah Kofsky for the second session of a new series: First Start for Freshmen!

In this event designed specifically for current freshmen in high school and their families, Moriah 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: University of Pennsylvania '19

Major: English and Women’s Studies

Work Experience: I'm passionate about merging storytelling, psychology, and spirituality to co-create experiences that transform people. In addition to advising students with CollegeVine, I work as a life coach and freelance writer.

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 Moriah and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
2:36@yohanaaw:How much do freshman grades matter to top colleges
4:55@ananya:How do I decide which extracurriculars to quit after freshman year?
8:49@anonymous:What should freshman do in the first high school summer? summer programs do you recommend?
14:25@cutelittledumpling:What should freshman focus on doing during the school year? Should we also start thinking about summer program as well? am interested in attending the Wharton Business School at UPenn. What extracurriculars have students who have attended Wharton in the past done?
21:23@Cayla:If I'm dedicated to one major extracurricular should I participate in others?
23:06@cutelittledumpling:Does creating a club make you stand out? Do you have to create one to even be considered at top tier colleges?
24:16@sfbernal:I really don't know what I want to major in and I kind of like all subjects though I know what I don't like. How do I plan my HS course schedule to be attractive for top colleges
29:10@ananya:Do my extracurriculars have to be related to the major I plan to pursue? For example, I'm really involved in debate, but I plan to go into pre-med.
31:25@anonymous:Does science department have a better chance than liberal arts? Because I am more interested in math and biology than English and history. should freshmen gain experience in a certain area?
34:58@yohanaaw:Since some programs like NHS have lots of participants would it help to have a leadership position in it
36:27@ananya:Should I put a lot of time into an EC that I probably won't get a leadership position in or should I quit it? is your opinion on cold emailing professors or mentors?
42:43@ananya:Is it better to apply to a research program or cold email professors at a university and ask to help with their research?
45:04@ananya:Does studying abroad add significance to your college app?
47:23@ananya:How do I approach teachers when asking for letters of recommendation, especially when I wasn't a particularly memorable student? are the components of a resume and which ones are more emphasized when you're cold emailing professors?
56:40@ananya:What are the benefits of having a LinkedIn profile? Can you send this to professors in place of a resume?
59:55@cutelittledumpling:Do colleges like seeing people take classes online through a state virtual program?
61:52@anonymous:Can you see this? Will doing band for 4 years be considered a good activity? was your biggest regret in the whole college admissions process?
64:02@ananya:Do my extracurriculars have to be related to the major I plan to pursue? For example, I'm really involved in debate, but I plan to go into pre-med.


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