First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Tuesday, January 26 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.
6:38@anonymous:Were the ACT/SAT tests were optional for this year's Seniors as many were cancelled?
8:49@anonymous:So, what will happen in future?
8:58@anonymous:What is the #1 item a sophomore should do now relating to college preparation? Thank you .
13:39@anonymous:A job considered an extracurricular activity ? I am a parent and my son worked in a bike shop last summer and he will do this summer . This is a pro ? A con?
15:05@purplecabbage:Would colleges care if you have other hobbies that don't have anything to do with your major, i.e.: creative hobbies?
18:17@purplecabbage:What advice would you give for students that don't know what they want to major in/study?
21:01@stemcurious:I thought we don't necessarily need to do premed to go into medicine...please clarify
22:16@stemcurious:When colleges request for recommendation letters, and I am going for a stem major will it help if I get one from a math teacher from 11th grade and one from history teacher in 10th grade? Or should I get one from math and one from english lang and composition teacher?
25:31@purplecabbage:What's your opinion on summer courses vs. volunteering for freshmen?
28:18@monica_bach:By summer courses, do you mean ones provided by your school district or moreso ones provided from colleges
28:46@purplecabbage:What are some tips you have for time management and balancing your extracurriculars and schoolwork?
34:07@purplecabbage:How would you approach making strong connections with teachers or networking?
36:25@anonymous:How many ap classes did you take?
39:28@purplecabbage:My school doesn't offer a lot of clubs for freshmen. How would you suggest finding extracurriculars outside of school?
41:41@anonymous:What type of people are good Fit for Williams college?
44:17@anonymous:What are the pathways for a Freshman who like Math (other than Math major)?
45:13@anonymous:How did you enjoy Williams College Tutorial Program?
50:18@anonymous:How rural is Williams?
52:55@anonymous:How do you apply to scholarships if your school doesn't sponsor you??
60:43@anonymous:What are the downsides of attending Williams?
64:47@anonymous:Im a sophomore in high school my question is, what are things I should do to build a strong portfolio? I had a high psat score (last year before the pandemic) and was told if I kept it up I would be able to apply maybe for a full ride.
75:19@anonymous:I'm a current junior in my high school but I am unsure which teacher to pick for LOR so what are some of ur advices for that? Also, what if I couldn't find one to write a LOR?


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