Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Wednesday, January 13 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for another installment of CollegeVine's Just for Juniors Advising Hours!

In this event designed specifically for current juniors in high school and their families, Giebien will open the floor to allow you to ask any and all questions you might have about the admissions 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.
3:23@anonymous:What is one advice you would give about college essays?
6:34@MohidBasha:What is a good SAT score?
7:39@Anom:How should I spend my summer
10:05@anonymous:How should I start with taking my future with college seriously?
11:56@MohidBasha:How important is the PSAT?
13:06@anonymous:when should you start the college process?
15:44@Zaiquia:What is considered as an expensive college? Like net worth and after financial aid
16:47@anonymous:what can i do to make up honor's class, i came in my sophomore year from another country?
17:53@MohidBasha:How many colleges should we have narrowed down by now on our school list?
18:03@anonymous:How many colleges should i apply to at once?
18:15@anonymous:Are 20 school too many to apply to?
18:22@MohidBasha:How should I go about making a college list?
20:20@anonymous:What happens if you get rejected from all the schools you apply to?
21:01@anonymous:Would a C in an AP Class kill your chances at a selective school?
22:19@anonymous:What's a personal statement? How long is it? What should it include?
23:30@anonymous:How would taking a gap year effect my chances of getting into a good college?
24:55@Nathaniel213:Do Universities average your GPA over the years or if you had a high GPA for your last semesters they would only take that into account
26:58@anonymous:What types of classes and/or extracurricular activities should I do if I want to become a genetic counselor?
28:14@anonymous:I want to like work in a lab and tell people what I saw and what it means
30:02@abcde:How many people should I ask to read my essay?
31:11@anonymous:i doubt i have had a good deal of time volunteering, i hoped to do some volunteering this summer but COVID ruined it, will i be able to complete 50 hours between the summer and my senior year?
31:59@anonymous:Would you recommend going to college/university right after you graduate high school? or take a break before starting school again?
33:32@Zaiquia:About how many scholarships should I apply to?
36:20@anonymous:What is one thing you would've done differently if you could go back to your admissions process?
36:23@anonymous:can u give advice to ur junior self
38:12@anonymous:How do you figure out if a school is a good fit for you?
40:46@anonymous:How do you find opportunities for larger scale ECs?
42:16@anonymous:Is there anything we should avoid talking about in our essays or any topics?
44:29@anonymous:How important is the math portion of the SAT?
45:34@anonymous:is starting MOST of my ECs summer before junior year problematic
46:13@anonymous:I am going to do around 8 years of schooling and 7 years of residency after high school, how rare are scholarships that can cover it?
48:20@anonymous:Could you elaborate on the financial aid process?
50:47@anonymous:How do I craft an EC Profile?
51:35@anonymous:How many ECs should you do?
53:32@anonymous:I was literally thinking about going to Johns Hopkins for premed and applying to ED lol. So how should I go about choosing a best fit for premed?
55:40@anonymous:When should I know for sure what college I want to go to?
57:07@anonymous:why do out of states student pay more for public colleges?
58:21@Nathaniel213:if your school doesn't offer any advanced classes so you don't have any, would colleges consider that?
60:50@anonymous:how much is self-studying an ap help?
61:40@abcde:Is visiting a prospective college still essential now that COVID has limited those experiences?
62:47@anonymous:Is 3.7 a good GPA?
63:44@anonymous:in terms of courseload, you are only compared to other people in your grade in your school right? if four people in my grade skipped a math one year and are taking an ap math (while the other people are just taking honors), would those people just taking honors be at a disadvantage *those in the AP have an advantage
64:55@anonymous:do u think gpa is more important than test scores?
66:45@Nathaniel213:If your school doesn't offer any advanced classes would that kill your chances of getting into a selective school?
66:53@abcde:How do you think we should begin the research process? Should it be more of online research since COVID has limited the experience of actually visiting schools?
68:59@anonymous:is a school with a 49% acceptance rate be considered selective?
69:35@anonymous:if over the years of high school, you take harder classes but it causes your GPA to decrease, would colleges like to see that challenge even though it made your GPA suffer?
71:43@MohidBasha:What are some types of extracurricular activities related to biotech or healthcare?
73:28@anonymous:Is the color of my hair going to effect my chances at acceptance, such as an unnatural color?
73:36@anonymous:How many letters of recommendation should I ask for?
74:14@anonymous:How do you think colleges are going to assess students now with COVID?
74:50@anonymous:Will taking online classes instead of in-person classes effect how a college views me?
78:30@anonymous:how do you build a college list? do you recommend just making a spreadsheet?
79:09@anonymous:since COVID negatively has affect a lot of students academical will colleges take this into consideration?
79:23@anonymous:Is sociology a realistic major?
80:28@anonymous:when should i start applying for scholarships?
81:14@anonymous:can you say exactly what you did wrong in HS so we can lear what not to do?
81:48@anonymous:how impressive is starting your own club compared to going from a participant to a leadership position?
83:22@MohidBasha:Are SAT subject tests truly optional?
84:12@anonymous:if you take an AP bio in high school but don't pass the AP exam then do you have to take the college bio for premed?
85:01@anonymous:will there be a ranking type of situation in colleges? like will there be positions for each students according to their performances?
86:02@anonymous:when do you set up your college class schedule?
86:36@anonymous:Is student debt really as bad as people say?
87:54@MohidBasha:How important are class rankings in college admissions?
89:09@anonymous:when do you think is a good time to start working on college supplemental essays?
90:35@Nathaniel213:Can SAT subject tests make up for your school not offering Advanced classes?
91:33@anonymous:is a gpa considered more than extracurriculars?
92:48@anonymous:Besides the money factor, do you think it is worth it to take 2 years of CC and then transfer to a university as you would be missing out on the "college experience"?
94:11@anonymous:If you use the common app to apply to colleges do you still have to use a spread sheet to display yourself or does the common app help you create your profile?
95:13@anonymous:Do you have any tips for choosing a college to apply early action/decision?
98:06@anonymous:how much does race impact an application or likelihood of acceptance?
99:40@anonymous:In your college class schedule do you get to pick how many classes you want or do you just have to take whatever amount they force you to?
100:57@anonymous:how many of the schools I apply to should be 'reach schools'?
101:16@anonymous:how many hours will you advise to read everyday?
101:56@anonymous:Do you think the SAT/ ACT scores will be optional for the class of 22?
103:31@anonymous:Where do you find out the topic for the colleges supplemental essay? And can you write your personal essay about anything?
104:36@Wilson_Lau:Will the course rigour of my senior year still be taken in account when I apply to college? (Since course rigour of junior year matters the most) Think of schools like UC Berkeley and Stanford. This year (I'm a junior), I made a bad choice and chose AP LANG, AP CALC AB, and AP CSP, when I should've taken AP Chem instead of AP CSP. In senior year I plan on taking AP LIT, AP BIO, and AP CHEM.
105:43@anonymous:Are class registrations first come first serve?
107:11@Wilson_Lau:Will taking a college class (I'm taking intro to programming C++) at a community college impress colleges like UC Berkeley and Stanford? Please give an honest answer thank you
108:26@anonymous:When do you apply to early action/decision? I have been told that you apply to them during the summer time but however what if your senior year you join more clubs or earn a leadership position, how would colleges see that?
109:58@Wilson_Lau:Does reading books improve my writing skills? I often find myself having a hard time elaborating things on essays and just making it sound eloquent
112:52@anonymous:When I am researching colleges it shows me the tuition but is the total of all four years or is it per year?
113:24@anonymous:Thank you for taking your time to answer these questions! If you don't have time, you don't have to answer all of them. Thank you!
113:42@anonymous:will early action/decision help admission likelihood at colleges such as Rice University or Columbia?
115:05@anonymous:Will early action/decision increase your chance of acceptance even though they will only see a quarter of your senior year?
117:10@anonymous:how much do college essays really impact your application? like how much weight do they hold when comparing two candidates?
119:10@anonymous:Thank you for your help today, I am glad i know more about colleges and applications now, I will hop off the livestream now but check the replay in case i missed something, thank you once again :), have a great day!


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