Smart Steps for Sophomores: Advising Hours with Moriah

Recorded Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Moriah Kofsky for another installment of CollegeVine's Smart Steps for Sophomores Advising Hours!

In this event designed specifically for current sophomores 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 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: 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.
1:42@WriterWritz:What is the best way to self study for the SAT and still earn a score that some of the higher colleges are looking for?
3:50@anonymous:what would you say are some great ways to find your interest in a potential major/field of area you would like to study? I'm worried I won't quite find what I'm interested in, how did you?
10:15@anonymous:How many colleges do you suggest I apply for? What is a good number?
12:11@tanishamishra:I know people say that sophomore year is the year to expand your extracurriculars, but how would approach this via online learning?
16:14@anonymous:for the college apps process, if I'm correct, each time we apply to different schools I heard there's a fee we have to pay for each school? I'm confused about applying to schools that come with a fee to it.
16:43@anonymous:How do you know how likely you are to be accepted to certain schools? In other words, how do you know which schools are your safety schools or harder schools to get into?
18:48@WriterWritz:How can we prepare for scholarships at this age? Where can I find scholarship opportunities?
21:50@aham:Would AP World be a good idea for anthropology prospective major or would it be fine to do AP Economics or something else
24:37@anonymous210:How should you develop your extracurriculars? Do you have any tips for expanding a student led organization?
27:09@anonymous:If I am interested in medicine, what should I be doing right now as a Sophomore to look impressive to colleges?
30:06@anonymous:I know this is a broad question, but would it look bad to colleges if I dropped an extracurricular to make room for academic classes? I’m in band, and I like it, but I want to get take more math and science classes to get ahead for junior and senior year.
33:12@Bawb:If I'm interested in education policy and school counseling, is there something I can be doing now?
36:07@WriterWritz:Many students emphasis the importance of taking APs, Honors and IB level... in relation to the college application process, what is the best to go about choosing these college level classes to show college admissions officers that we have a balance with the classes we took from freshman to senior year?
38:43@anonymous:Do colleges/top colleges look at extracurriculars to be something "community-wise" like giving to the community or with others, or about individually? Cause I know about individual passion projects, but would colleges prefer extracurriculars somewhat "individual" work or not?
40:22@Bawb:Is it okay to take one semester of science in senior year if I am not interested in a career in STEM? I know a lot of people say it would be bad to drop a core class, but is it acceptable to do half a year? It's the full course done in one semester, but will it be seen as too easy or dropping science? Is it necessary for me to take an AP science?
42:15@stemcurious:Do you mean that students applying for elite schools typically take 5 - 8 AP classes in by the end of junior year?
42:36@anonymous:How can I find internships that fit my interests?
45:15@anonymous:Is it ok for me to start applying for colleges? And would it effect my chances to get a full ride scholarship?
46:16@Bawb:When should we take sat II subject tests and how many should we aim to take?
47:26@anonymous:Sorry I meant scholarships
47:52@anonymous:What values more: SAT subject tests or AP tests?
48:46@anonymous:what do you think about summer classes? What would you say we should be doing anything over the summer that's important for the sake of the future college app process?
50:18@anonymous:I know that some people retake the ACTs and SATs if they are unhappy with their scores, how many times are you able to retake the test and can colleges see how many times you retake it? How many times would you suggest?
51:13@anonymous:I never heard of a SAT subject test, is that something I should start doing?
53:42@stemcurious:what do you think about investing time on competitive exams such as USABO or USAChem olympiad? To place nationally, these would require a lot of time commitment, which might eat into the time spent on clubs and volunteering activities.
57:13@Bawb:Will colleges reject you for having career goals that they consider too low-level/not going to bring them impressive alumni? I heard that colleges look for people who are going to become impressive alumni and bring a good name for the school.


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