Smart Steps for Sophomores: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Saturday, February 6 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


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.
2:25@philip_0327:If a student gets their full IB diploma certificate after they get into colleges, why is it worth it at all to take the full IB program?
4:52@anonymous:do you think dual enrollment credits at a community college will be transferred to top tier colleges?
7:47@philip_0327:Do you recommend self-studying for AP exams? I am considering self-studying for two AP exams.
10:25@anonymous:what should rising sophomore do now to make the most out of their sophomore year?
13:52@anonymous:what's the biggest, not known/common advice that you can give to sophomores or in general high schoolers?
17:46@philip_0327:Do you have any suggestions on how to effectively spend the summer going into junior year?
20:52@anonymous:what would you say that we can do to bring up our spike for med school, specifically BS/MD?
23:10@stemcurious:Is it true that colleges don't care too much about community service volunteering type of activity?
25:14@anonymous:i have really bad procrastination habits and like really lazy but I really want to change but my motivation always changes when I'm about to start my work. how can i break out of this? thank you!
30:22@Oyinkansola678:How can sophomores with a bad grade in freshman year increase their chances at a top tier college?
33:30@anonymous:What could I do if my school doesn't offer many AP classes also IB got cancelled this year
35:29@anonymous:How many AP classes should I take sophomore year?
36:04@philip_0327:I am a sophomore and I am worried about picking a major and sticking with it (mainly to narrow my extracurriculars/internships to fit my major). Personally, I want a major that will provide me well financially. Most of the majors I am interested in barely have any job security or will pay relatively low. Having said this, what do you suggest I should do to pick a major? I am not fond of the cliche response of “do what you’re passionate about” since I want to keep money in mind!
36:10@anonymous:you're really helpful!
42:38@stemcurious:Since I am not old enough to do hospital volunteering, I am volunteering my time as a tutor for a non profit organization and also at the same time raise money with my time I spend tutoring. I very much enjoy this and want continue to do this until I am able to find a hospital volunteering opportunity. If I stop tutoring to accommodate time for hospital volunteering, will that look as lack of commitment to tutoring? I want to go into premed track.
44:20@the1:I want to major in aerospace in college, but Im not sure what type of clubs should be involved in? Also would you recommend any summer program around aerospace?
48:21@anonymous:i've heard that not all colleges, especially some top-tier colleges, don't take AP credits. is that true? like do all colleges take it? if not, do you recommend dual enrollment over AP?
52:32@the1:How can I find research opportunities as a sophmore? Usually the ones that I find online are expensive, is there an alternative?
56:35@anonymous:How many hours of community service would you recommend? And what form/type of community service is most impressive to colleges.
58:12@philip_0327:When should I start studying for the SAT/ACT tests? I am a sophomore and I am interested in getting a head start in terms of studying for the tests.
62:40@philip_0327:Are students expected to take both the SAT and ACT test? If not, which one should I take and submit?
63:46@Oyinkansola678:I am done with high school math, and there are two math classes offered, pre-calc Dc and Ap Stat (11thgrade) Ap calc (12th). I am forecasting for 11thgrade and I don't know what to choose.
64:43@Oyinkansola678:dual credit
65:43@philip_0327:Is it more impressive to take both the SAT and ACT?
66:32@philip_0327:What exactly is dual enrollment? How would one participate in this?
68:58@anonymous:what do you recommend instead of expensive summer programs (for me) for a premed student?
71:22@anonymous:is there any way to take SAT if your school/country don't do them? if you want to go to an American school because I've never heard of sat before
73:32@the1:Should I not include some clubs on extracurricular list if I don't win the competitions for the club?
74:32@stemcurious:Would any kind of research opportunity in biology area be helpful to my profile, since they are so hard to come by these days... For premed... I have an opportunity to pursue something this summer in synthetic biology although that is not my main area of interest...
76:42@anonymous:If thiking Enginneering , what core subjects would u recommendation for HL courses
77:28@anonymous:IB - HL
78:50@philip_0327:IB Higher level courses are essentially the hardcore version of IB classes. They are kind of equivalent/higher than AP classes. IB SL classes are essentially Honors classes.
79:12@Oyinkansola678:is DC dual credit as good as AP
81:43@anonymous:you were really helpful! thank you so much, i really appreciate it 👍🏽😊🙌
82:08@philip_0327:Very helpful! :)


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