First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Monday, December 14 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for the third 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.
2:05@anonymous:What advice would you give your Freshman self?
6:52@Pranav2023:what summer research programs can i apply to as a 15-year-old?
8:35@BirbJay:There's something called MIT THINK scholars
9:17@BirbJay:Expanding on Avery's question, with Covid-19, how can a student be more involved with EC's?
9:33@anonymous:To expand on my question, how do you handle all of your extracurriculars? Time management advice?
14:08@anonymous:How would you avoid procrastination?
16:29@Pranav2023:Can I reach out to professors at universities to see if I can do research there?
18:37@BirbJay:How should one go about asking for a letter of recommendation from a teacher? Any do's and don'ts ?
21:35@anonymous:Would you recommend taking summer classes to get ahead?
24:00@anonymous:it is for high school freshmen or college freshmen?
24:35@anonymous:how university professors help ELL students or are there other ways they can help ELL students?
26:37@BirbJay:What if the rec letter is for a program during freshemn year?
28:49@anonymous:Should we take time to apply to scholarships freshman year?
30:19@BirbJay:On the subject on summer classes, is it a good idea to retake a course for a higher grade(not failing)
32:18@BirbJay:And for research there is also Disease Dectives at the CDC summer program for rising juniors and seniors. And there's a STEM competion called Regeneron Science Talent Search. You could spend your whole high school career creating your research project (since it is only for seniors).
32:58@anonymous:How did you prepare for psat's and sats?
35:54@anonymous:What are some programs in steam I can apply to?
39:20@BirbJay:Could you talk about AP and honours classes?


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