Smart Steps for Sophomores: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Friday, December 18 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for the third session of a new series: Smart Steps for Sophomores!

In this event designed specifically for current sophomores 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 second year of high school and how to continue to develop your profile in preparation for the college applications 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.
8:43@anonymous:so what should we be doing in high school instead?
10:26@anonymous:So for me specifically, I did not do too well in freshman year (i got a few B's) but I have been doing well this year. If i do well in my next two years, will my freshman year be taken into account a ton?
13:42@anonymous:what should our course rigor look like right now? like what difficulty? (how many ap's, etc)
15:55@iwei21:When and should we take SAT Subject tests?
19:43@anonymous:when should we begin to apply for internships? and how important are they?
25:30@anonymous:what should we look for when applying to colleges?
27:29@anonymous:what should our layout be? how many safety school? how many reach schools, etc.
28:42@anonymous:What was the biggest change from high school to college?
31:02@anonymous:Is college more or less stressful than high school?
32:53@anonymous:is finding a job after college hard? and what is the best and worst part of college?
35:38@Trustysuperbat:What should we do if we can’t take the PSAT right now? Does it matter or should we find other options?
35:43@guest:When she would take the SAT for the first time?
39:03@anonymous:do colleges look at the PSAT?..
39:29@guest:How many times should we take the PSAT? Should we only take it junior year?
40:10@Anya:What’s the best thing you can do for college admissions as a sophomore?
42:15@guest:Do you know about HOSA? How do we start a HOSA club?
42:30@anonymous:what do you major in and/or what college do you go to? (just curious)
43:26@guest:Do sports matter in getting into a good college?
45:14@guest:HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE
46:10@Anya:How do colleges view extracurriculars that you do for fun? Do they appreciate that you don’t only do activities for college admissions?
48:10@Trustysuperbat:If my major is particularly competitive for a college, should i try to change my major or just go for it?
51:27@Anya:Do you think that colleges will be more lenient for poorer grades received during the pandemic? Or will there be enough people that received amazing grades that it won’t matter?
54:32@Trustysuperbat:What factors should contribute the most to which colleges we apply to? (Location, cost, prestige, etc.)
56:41@Anya:I’ve heard the pre-med is generally not advised if you want to go to medical school, and that majors like bio chem are better. Is that true?
59:19@Anya:Would you encourage quadruple majoring?
60:21@anonymous:What is something you wish you could do over or better with the application process?
64:28@Trustysuperbat:When should we start doing serious research about colleges?
67:37@Trustysuperbat:What are the best ways to prepare for the SAT?
70:12@Anya:Which colleges car most about students mental health?
72:05@anonymous:What is the best thing about your college or college experience?
74:19@Trustysuperbat:Which parts of the application weigh the most? (Testing, GPA, extracurriculars, etc.)
77:30@Trustysuperbat:Do I need a tutor for ACT/SAT or will it just be enough to buy a study book or just take online courses?
79:09@Anya:What aspects should influence the decision of state(UC) vs a private school?
81:53@Trustysuperbat:Should I submit AP scores even if they are bad?
82:19@Anya:Did you like/would you recommend majoring in Econ?
85:34@Anya:Where else did you apply besides Williams?
86:55@Anya:Is SAT prep through school or through a tutor better?
88:26@Trustysuperbat:Can the PSAT help us figure out what our weaknesses are in preparation for the SAT?
88:50@Anya:What was your favorite major out of the 4?
90:37@Anya:Is philosophy a good major?

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