First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Yesh

Recorded Thursday, February 4 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Yesh Datar 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, Yesh 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: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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 Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:27@anonymous:For AP testing, what is it like? So the month of May comes around, and the testing occurs in school, in a gym (maybe like the SAT?) or..?
5:42@DJ1:When do you take SAT and ACT? I'm a freshman and I haven't taken the tests.
10:17@DJ1:How would taking CCP class help you get admission into say MIT or Caltech?
12:44@anonymous:not me just realizing that AP stands for advanced placement lmao
12:53@DJ1:No I meant CCP meant: College Credit Course
13:53@anonymous:do you think every extracurricular activity we list has to do something along the lines of our intended major when we apply?
16:43@Ashleym:What if I get one D in an AP class what happens? does that mean college won't accept me because of that D
19:37@DJ1:What's AP classes actually like? Like how hard?
21:51@stemcurious:With no in-person lab/research/internship opportunities, what do you recommend for summer for a rising sophomore and an aspiring premed.
25:32@anonymous:What should students focus on or begin doing as a freshman in order to compete for top colleges?
28:23@TK:Say, if I take an AP course but do not take the exam, how will it affect college admission?
31:38@anonymous:What is 1818 do you take the ap class but instead you don't take the AP test at the end of the year?
33:30@Ashleym:Does class rank matter to colleges?
34:39@anonymous:Have you taken the PSAT? what is your view doing PSAT then doing SAT?
37:18@anonymous:can you explain national merit?
39:49@TK:what should be the score on PSAT for national merit?
41:03@Ashleym:If I stop taking AP, and I only take honors does it still look good to colleges?
42:58@anonymous:is it bad that I had a C my freshman year? and an F on my final I-
44:50@DJ1:So I play a lot of sports and I have tons of awards. I am running for President of Walnut Hills High School Class of 2024. How would all this help me in my admissions?
49:34@anonymous:Do awards mean things to colleges because I have a couple, and I had many art pieces win things but I am not studying art in the future so do they care?
50:42@anonymous:in your essays for writing the "why this school" essay what did you include, or would like to say to us to include when we do write these? Best things to mention?
53:24@anonymous:For colleges, do they care about having a course that's like well rounded in classes? When I say well rounded in classes I mean like at least some Biology, English, Math- the main subjects. Lol, I really hate Biology and don't want to take any really science classes but will colleges see I didn't take it and kind of put me in a lower rank?
55:39@anonymous:is getting an F early on such as in freshman or sophomore year bad, if you still passed the class?
56:40@stemcurious:As far as specialization goes for premed,. Would it be ok if I do a variety of research projects in areas such as neuroscience, genetics, synthetic biology etc through junior year summer?
57:57@DJ1:So I plan to apply to 25 colleges. I already have my list. Could you explain this idea of Safety, Match, and Reach?
63:20@anonymous:I am interested in a few very selective colleges with very low acceptance rates how many other colleges with higher acceptance rate should I try?


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