Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Thursday, February 11 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Giebien Na for another installment of CollegeVine's Just for Juniors Advising Hours!

In this event designed specifically for current juniors in high school and their families, Giebien will open the floor to allow you to ask any and all questions you might have about the admissions 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.
1:39@anonymous:What summer programs do you recommend I should apply to that looks impressive for ivy league colleges?
4:25@anonymous:Does the prompt of the main essay matter? Because I attended a seminar by Yale, Harvard, & Princeton and the admins said that they care more about the information in the essay rather than if you answered the question. Is this true?
7:16@anonymous:If you have family responsibilities and other stuff going on, do the colleges consider this factor?
9:01@anonymous:A Mom here - I went to college 20+ years ago and am now helping my son - but I don't even know where to start. He's a junior. When do I need him to start looking into schools/programs and then what?
12:43@anonymous:Is the lack of strong extracurriculars a deal breaker in the application process. What is consider a "strong extracurricular"?
14:32@anonymous:Are you the guy on the YT that posted a video about how to get summer interships/programs?
14:46@anonymous:What were your extracurricular activities and academics that got you into Williams College?
16:10@anonymous:How much does essay matter in your application if you don't have the best extracurricular?
17:33@anonymous:What is consider a "strong extracurricular"?
20:11@anonymous:Is a 1380 SAT good for top-level ivy league?
22:07@anonymous:How much does essay matter in terms of percentage?
22:25@anonymous:Do you recommend high school relationships?
22:35@anonymous:What was your high school GPA (weighted & unweighted) and SAT/ACT?
26:22@mmkdp:What is the most important part of a college application that I should pay the most attention to?
29:54@anonymous:does model un help your college app
30:23@anonymous:What were your extracurriculars?
31:06@philip_0327:Will taking IB Psychology help with self-studying for the AP Psychology exam? Essentially “knocking two birds with one stone.”
33:34@anonymous:What colleges did you apply to?
35:37@philip_0327:What was the hardest class you took in high school?
37:12@anonymous:When did you start writing your college essays?
39:05@philip_0327:When did you start studying for the SAT/ACTs?
42:01@anonymous:How the IB Diploma viewed in the application process?
43:29@philip_0327:You get the IB diploma if you go "full IB," meaning your entire schedule is filled with IB classes.
44:37@mmkdp:How do you create a 'spike' in a certain area that you are interested in but don't have any resources to actually accomplish it?
46:58@anonymous:Did you research prompts before writing the essay? Or did you just write about what you want?
48:10@anonymous:When did you take SAT/ACT?
48:23@anonymous:Are you more likely to be accepted at top-level ivy league schools if you go to a charter school or a stem school? Because the statistics favor people who went to special schools rather than a normal. Does this matter?
51:40@anonymous:Is there a "standard" of when applications are due or does it vary by school?
53:19@anonymous:What did you write about in your essay - personal, experiences (extracurriculars), or academic?
53:51@philip_0327:What is the ideal GPA?
55:04@anonymous:Is a 1450 a good SAT score as ab Asian American applying to ivy league?
58:02@anonymous:I scored a 31 on the ACT without studying. What score should be my goal in order to get into most private universities i.e. USC, Stanford?
59:16@anonymous:What is a good SAT score for ivy leagues considering I am asian american?


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