First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Tuesday, January 12 at 01:00 AM

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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.
1:52@anonymous:What are some good summer activities for a freshman (summer 2021)?
6:23@anonymous:Do you think freshman should self-study AP’s?
8:41@anonymous:What are some extra curricular activities for a freshman who likes languages?
9:54@anonymous:Languages as Latin, Sanskrit, Spanish - my freshman is learning all three
11:26@anonymous:Does College Vine offer one on one personal coaching?
11:45@R9:What should I be doing as a freshman during the winter and summer break?
13:07@anonymous:What are some volunteering activities freshman (who are under 16) in summer? Most places ask that kids be at least 16 years old.
14:37@anonymous:I am taking AP human geography, I got a C+ for the first semester, but now at second semester, I am improving by a lot. Will college administrators appreciate that my grades got better in 2nd semester?
18:33@anonymous:Tips on time management? How to not be overwhelmed by so much schoolwork and avoid staying up too late to study.
23:34@anonymous:Given that College Vine has gone to a free model, do you offer essay review in senior year? Can the essays be reviewed and personalized feedback given?
26:00@R9:Is coursera a good way to spend your time during the holidays?
28:08@Anom:Is golf a good extra curricular
30:06@Anom:Sat vs act any thoughts
33:10@R9:What should I mention about my freshman year in my college essay and application?
34:14@anonymous:How may we find out about which colleges/universities have a scholars program? Or a scholarship program?
38:20@anonymous:is establishing a club in school with people who have same interest considered "showing leadership"?
39:40@anonymous:What are your thoughts on considering an ivy league college where you will be paying a lot vs. getting a scholarship in a good college.
43:47@anonymous:If you don’t get any leadership positions, do clubs give you any edge in the college admissions process?
47:29@anonymous:Is it OK if my freshman does not do sports? She does classical dance
48:53@anonymous:How do you rate your professional growth? Any tips on choosing majors?
49:22@anonymous:My freshman is not sure on what to choose or career ..
55:01@anonymous:Should I intern at a company? What benefits does it give?
57:47@anonymous:what if my student has an iep


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