Smart Steps for Sophomores: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Thursday, January 28 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.
1:16@anonymous:what are some important classes you think i should take during this year? (regarding math, ap, etc)
2:48@anonymous:what do you think about summer classes? What would you say we should be doing anything over the summer that's important for the sake of the future college app process?
5:01@anonymous:should we be studying for the PSAT during this sophmore year time? When do you think it's the best time to really "worry" about the SAT studying time?
6:02@anonymous:How do we make a school list?
6:52@Sardana:How do we find out if the APs being taken in HS the colleges will give credit for them ?
8:01@Sardana:Can one contact the admissions department of the school to find out ?
8:30@s1283131:how do i know if one of my ecs is good enough for an ivy?
10:53@s1283131:how do i know if an organization that i want to find will be unique
12:25@anonymous:Hi! I was wondering how important it is right now to zero in on a specific field that we're interested in. I have no idea what I want to major in yet! Is it okay to stay open-minded or do colleges like us to be focussed on one interest?
13:41@anonymous:What's your view on IB classes if you take in like a community college, I've heard it can be less money..?
14:35@Sardana:What is IB classes ?
15:42@philip_0327:What is your take on enrolling in IB classes? How do they compare with AP classes?
17:53@Sardana:How would you tell these details where you went above and beyond?
18:25@Sardana:When does one start taking ib classes ?
18:46@anonymous:Since Ap classes may or may not be taken credit ("scam"LOL) how about taking concurrent classes at our local community college ?thx
19:32@s1283131:who are we really competing against in the college admissions process? kids in our state/city or kids across the country?
20:31@anonymous:how many AP classes should you graduate with? not necessarily interested in Ivy league, however, I want scholarships?
21:29@adityav:can we take SAT or ACT to see where we stand to work on improvements
22:02@anonymous:sorry what did you say "engine? " maybe to find out about school demographics
22:55@s1283131:lets say someone was a south asian male from a medium size public high school in alabama? how would that change the admissions process for them when it comes to t20s/ivys? would it be easier or harder compared to other regions/demographics?
23:09@anonymous:do you know what's the main difference between SAT and ACT? your personal experience with it?
24:36@s1283131:who are we really competing against in the college admissions process? kids in our state/city or kids across the country? colleges want a certain amount of kids from each state so technically we're competing against kids in our state right?
24:41@anonymous:tips for time management, and especially your own experience with balancing AP classes and busy schedules?
27:12@philip_0327:I have the choice of taking some IB classes and not others. I can also take AP Calculus and/or AP Statistics. Should I do this even though I am not entirely confident in my mathematical abilities?
28:20@anonymous:I'm kind of confused about the college app application specifically; typically for each school how many essays would you write, and what other things do you provide for them?
29:59@anonymous:You said you were a psych major? That seems super cool! What was your experience with getting to know your interest, and building your profile with that major? Did you switch?
31:35@s1283131:how would i use the chancing calculator if im a sophomore? i havent even taken the act or sat yet, which are asked for on the calculator. also they ask for ECs and obviously mine will be weaker compared to a senior's profile, so how does collegevine take this into account?
33:17@Sardana:Do most colleges interview?
33:56@philip_0327:If I am only able to take 2 AP classes in my school (since my school is mostly IB oriented), should I take them regardless of my interest in them and then fill my schedule up with other IB higher-level classes?
34:31@s1283131:what were ur ecs
35:21@anonymous0101011:Love your livestreams!! I am aspiring econ major and was wondering if you had any suggestions tying that into sustainability? For example tying my sustainability EC's (like research, passion projects) to business/econ/finance? Will my sustainability ECs hurt the fact that I am going for an Econ related major? Any recommendations on how I should present it in a compelling manner?
37:15@anonymous:is Econ business? I'm not sure really what an econ major is
38:04@anonymous:btw I have seen business sustainability on colleges as a major
38:41@s1283131:Do you know when the next profile review live stream will be? (I know there's one in like 45 minutes, but I wasn't able to submit my profile in time unfortunately)
39:35@s1283131:is a 28 on the Pre ACT good? I didnt study at all
40:09@anonymous:There's a live profile review at 5 (PST) by Yesh today!
40:14@philip_0327:Does the dermatology field fall under pre-med?
40:46@Sardana:There are many pre-med summer programs, is there way to figure out one being better than another ?
41:46@anonymous0101011:regarding the sustainability and Econ question, any recommendations on how to present the essay in a compelling manner?
42:39@Sardana:How much weight does any “summer camps “ have on admissions?
42:44@s1283131:would going to a pre-college summer program help u get into the respective college for undergrad?
43:47@s1283131:what school do/did you go to? sorry i want here at the beginning of the stream so didnt catch it
44:06@s1283131:i have a lot of business/writing related ECs, but i lowkey want to be a doctor. should i apply as an intender major for business and then study premed in college instead? (idk if that makes sense sorry)
45:45@anonymous:Not a question, but I've never really seen you around collegevine! I love how you explain so well, I hope I'm able to join more livestreams by you!
46:10@anonymous:with your experience is Psychology, if you could explain it in a summarized way, how would you explain it? Like how the classes are, main points in learning, etc
47:42@philip_0327:I am currently creating a website, YouTube series, a club at my school, and a news outlet concerning one of my favorite topics (don't want to give it away, haha). How much weight will this carry on the admission process? This is a long term project that will take me around 2 years.
48:59@Sardana:Can you major in psychology and be in the premed track ? Or do you have to do Bio or chem ?
49:09@adityav:What are some majors you recommend for pre-med ?
49:38@s1283131:is it true that a business major can get into med school?
50:47@s1283131:do you have a recommendation for a sophomore "checklist" like what should you have done by the end of sophomore year?
51:41@s1283131:lets say someone wants to go to an ivy/t20s. what do you think they should have done by the end of sophomore year? (EC positions, stats/gpa, etc)
52:04@Sardana:How can we find out the list of required / recommendation list of classes which are pre-requisite for med school ?
52:56@anonymous:I forgot do we get a transcript of this - so we have the links?
53:19@anonymous:You should do streams more!You are very good!
53:23@s1283131:how hard is the ACT compared to the pre ACT
54:31@anonymous:wait for the PSAT do you have to pay for that as well
55:22@Sardana:Loving the recommended blogs ! Thanks Priya !
55:38@anonymous:I've heard of people doing like majors maybe like 2, or like a minor; like a person does like a religion aspect major and like on the sidetrack like a psychology major? What's your view on that
57:37@Sardana:So where do u think most the weight of the application will end up being if SATs are taken out.
59:21@s1283131:wait what did u say about how hard the ACT is compared to the pre ACT? i didnt catch that so sorry
59:45@anonymous:Yes! Like also along with your blog writing here, doing livestreams!
61:01@s1283131:ty for coming very helpful


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