Smart Steps for Sophomores: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Thursday, January 14 at 12:00 AM

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Join Giebien Na 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, Giebien 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: 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.
3:51@anonymous:whats up mate, so I am in 10th grade, and im taking all advanced classes(pre ap english 10, ap world, ap physics 2, ap calc AB, spanish 350, ap bio), i got a like 3.95gpa so far and im boutta take the sat, i play basketball, chess, i am an avid sneaker reseller, and ive made enough to pay for a year of college so far, what else can i do to maximize my chances of getting into a good college for pre med. i live in washington state so is University of washington a good college?
12:22@alysonnguyen:Do you recommend college admissions counselors
15:57@scarlettchu:What are some "good" extracurriculars for prospective business-related majors?
19:16@anonymous:In the absence of extracurricular activities and clubs- how does that impact college applications? What can students focus on under such a situation?
22:45@anonymous:i wanna become a neurosurgeon, is premed or bio a better major? im also great at math is math a good major?
23:02@anonymous:yeah also i got a 4.0 last year but this year has been pretty horrible and my grades are a little down, would some colleges overlook that?
26:47@alysonnguyen:What is your favorite part of Williams College?
28:48@anonymous:hi! I am a current sophomore, interested in biological sciences and I want to go to college for pre-med, I have been struggling to find extracurriculars. Currently, I made my own club at my school and I am involved in MUN and redcross, but I want to maximize my chances for competitive college admissions.
32:49@Oyinkansola678:How can I Standout in my college application.
33:19@alysonnguyen:I understand that many people say to "expand" in a certain EC rather than doing as many activities as you can. How do you suggest we can do this? (for ex: piano)
38:17@anonymous:What are some extracurricular activities for Engineering/Computer Science stream?
39:57@anonymous:Will many colleges still be test optional in 2023?
41:39@scarlettchu:Do you know anything about private boarding high schools? How would admissions (standards, expectations, acceptance rates) change for students in such schools?
45:05@anonymous:like 5 a's an a- and a b+, and its cuz of online school
46:09@anonymous:can I get into a biology school with a 3.2 gpa I did bad my freshman year but I have been doing good ever since
48:31@anonymous:If you have heard of running start, do you reccomend it?
51:21@scarlettchu:Will SAT subject tests still be important in college applications in 2023 (when we apply)?
53:03@rayne.rose:Can great ECs make up for a low (3.0 at the best) GPA? And by great ECs, I mean over 200 hours of community service (with plenty of projects), research, published work and etc?
54:45@Oyinkansola678:I have a 3.1 GPA freshman 1at semester, my school didn't count the second semester, which I did well. I have a 4.0, currently in 10th grade. Does that hurt my chances of getting to Harvard. Is Dual credit courses good as AP?
56:54@anonymous:It’s it better to take an honors class and get a B or regular class and get an A?
60:44@Oyinkansola678:ARE PLTW courses good like biomedical science, Human body system, these are courses I am currently taking now?


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