Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Friday, January 15 at 01:00 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.
4:18@JadaW04:is it harder for out of state applicants to get accepted compared to in state applicants?
6:59@anonymous:Would you recommend attending a community college then transferring to a 4 year university?
8:44@anonymous:How should a student properly prepare for the SAT? I took mine in December and got a 1040, but I need at least a 1450 for university.
13:51@yash_m:what sort of colleges would you rec for people with a 3.5 gpa going into junior year? there is very little time to significantly change your gpa after sophomore year.
17:06@ciza:Do you have any advice for international applicants?
20:09@JadaW04:Is it true that ECs are typically more important than GPA for art majors?
23:48@Tatiana_NB:What was your favorite experience at Williams? How important is the SAT essay?
23:52@yash_m:what school do you go to?
27:33@anonymous:How do schools weigh things like GPA, extracurriculars, sat, etc. ? My resume is good but my GPA is not as pretty.
30:09@anonymous:I feel as I am not mature enough to live far away from my family. This is stopping me from applying to schools far away. I dont know what to do
32:33@Tatiana_NB:For a student that is an introvert, what leadership activities can you recommend? Thank you.
34:52@anonymous:What would you say is key to succeed and do well in college?
37:07@ciza:How do we better our extracurricular profile?
40:29@nms03:How important is the ACT essay? I got a 34 composite (36,30,36,34) but an 8 on the essay.
40:46@JadaW04:are there any rules for college app essays? What I mean by this is should we be as creative as possible or should we shy away from having too much creative liberty? Is there a certain sophistication level that should be maintained?
42:59@anonymous:Are intensive summer learning experiences important do they help show that you are taking action in what you plan to learn in college?
46:00@anonymous:What is an example of a g tier ec in stem?
47:17@anonymous:g tier is a college vine term and I wasn't sure what it meant either lol.
49:13@nms03:How important are subject test to top tier schools?
50:42@anonymous:on the chancing tool, it was suggested that I add a g tier ec, that's where I got it from. Thank you for the suggestions they are helping.
52:04@Tatiana_NB:What was your favorite activity during your free time at Williams? What is the advantage of a suburban college over a city college? Thank you.
56:39@ciza:EC's that don't have much to do with your intended major look good?
59:40@anonymous:what are important more abstract things to look for when choosing colleges and how do you sift through things like available ecs and environment?
64:18@JadaW04:Were you an out of state student? And if so do you have advice for students interested in out-of-state schools? Is there anything we should keep in mind when applying for out-of-state schools?
67:16@c_armstrong1127:When choosing between 2 schools and you cant decide, other than tuition costs and academics what should be kept in mind?
69:10@JadaW04:For my out-of-state question, I meant more of environment wise rather than applications. I'm just worried about being home-sick/not having lots of support when going somewhere not close to home.
72:29@Felicitas:Should I consider taking the Sat this year? Or wait till senior year? I didn’t get a good score.


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