First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Tuesday, December 22 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for another installment of CollegeVine's First Start for Freshmen Advising Hours!

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.
1:42@anonymous:Is it bad if I don't do IB or AP classes?
5:22@yohanaaw:is it better to do ib/ap classes or running start?
8:16@anonymous:what is one thing you can say that's most beneficial in freshman year? or that which you remember?
11:23@anonymous:Do elective courses and their grades matter to admissions officers if they aren't related to your major?
13:36@anonymous:do you know if any colleges are saying for the class of '24 that SAT's aren't required?
14:59@anonymous:What GPA ranking level in your school is necessary to get into highly selected schools?
15:56@anonymous:I'm 8 clubs is that too much?
19:37@Pranav2023:Did you get recruited for your sport? If so, what was the process like?
21:04@anonymous:will colleges look into your middle school years
21:32@Pranav2023:For a pre-med prospective major, should I take normal anatomy/physiology or AP Environmental Science
24:10@anonymous:what if I don't know what I'm interested/want to study in yet? I want to know early to get started working on passion projects, etc? The same goes for choosing classes.
26:55@anonymous:What would be the minimum of clubs to join
28:20@anonymous:do grades matter more than extracurriculars?
30:26@anonymous:How many AP classes should I take in my total high school career?
30:33@anonymous:How many AP classes should you take per year?
32:07@yohanaaw:do you have any tips on how to study effectively for future classes/tests
34:14@anonymous:what should I know about upcoming AP classes I will be taking the next year? How do I know what to choose for my schedule?
34:34@anonymous:Would it be a good Idea to take an AP class for every subject?
34:43@anonymous:what do you think about dual enrollment for my future years to come? I've heard people say it's better than AP, what are your thoughts? or do you know anything about it?
39:21@anonymous:Can you talk about summer programs that can help college application?
39:31@anonymous:Do you have any experience with summer classes?
45:57@anonymous:I plan on going to South Korea to study after High school do you have any idea what type of classes would help me if I want to major in International Business?
49:38@cutelittledumpling:Do top tier colleges care a lot about freshman grades especially during online school?
52:25@anonymous:Which is more important to admission officers - course rigorous Level or class ranking?
54:30@OliviaO:Should I focus on studying for PSATs in junior year and SATs and ACTs now?
54:51@anonymous:Can give give any advice for preparing for SAT?
60:23@anonymous:what's the thing with ap classes and the cost? like, if we take the ap class, to say "we finished the ap class" we have to take that subject ap exam? then, we have to pay for it? What was your experience with ap classes
60:30@anonymous:Can you take both PSATs and SATs?
64:21@anonymous:I meant SATs and ACTs? sorry
64:42@OliviaO:Do colleges like to see a person that has a deep passion and excels in one subject matter or a person that excels in multiple subjects?
68:23@anonymous:What's the biggest regret that you had in high school and what advice would you give us?
74:09@anonymous:What advice would you give someone that's deciding whether or not to go to college due to getting a technical career?
78:06@anonymous:should we worry about how much our college tuition will cost or is paying a lot worth it?
82:15@anonymous:Do you know the application process for military academies?
84:16@anonymous:I heard that your GPA starts building up in 9th grade is that true? also is it a good Idea to be in a club that can give you a 1/2 credit?
86:19@anonymous:(this is a little bit irrelevan) I get a little nervous while making eye contact with my teachers, any tips?
88:42@cutelittledumpling:Should you start reaching out to professors for research if you know what you want to study?
91:45@anonymous:Will being valedictorian help you with getting into a good college?
92:50@anonymous:Is it a good idea to get a job in high school while being in clubs and AP classes?
95:32@anonymous:Do outside of school clubs look good on applications?
96:26@anonymous:How did you figure out what wanted to major in?
100:35@anonymous:Do you recommend staying in touch with your teachers after high school?
101:44@anonymous:Is there anything you would recommend (clubs, classes, etc) to do in highschool to someone who wants to be president in the future?
103:32@anonymous:You seem really good at conversations do you have any tips?


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