First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Amanda

Recorded Wednesday, February 10 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


Join Amanda May 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, Amanda 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: Duke University '20

Major: Biology

Work Experience: Amanda has worked in four different research labs, two at Cambridge University (U.K) and two at Duke University. Additionally, Amanda worked as a tutor for Biology and Chemistry for several years and also served a sales manager for an apartment complex.

My Admissions Story: Amanda applied to colleges in both the UK and the US. After being accepted to Duke and visiting campus during the accepted students' weekend, Amanda knew that Duke was the perfect fit for her.

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 Amanda and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
31:27@LUCIA:How do we know which college to consider if we are not sure what career we want to pursue if we are aiming for elite schools?
33:11@anonymous:What accent is that? British?
33:17@anonymous:I also plan on attending duke because I live in NC
35:40@anonymous:No, because I am also interested in Biology.
36:45@LUCIA:My dream school is Cornell so far any advice?
39:13@anonymous:I am a junior, 3.96 unweighted GPA, 4.75 weighted GPA, 1500 SAT, Asian American. What would you guess my chances are if I want to go into an ivy league school?
41:27@anonymous:How was your Duke experience?
43:04@anonymous:How important are the essays and extracurriculars?
44:52@LUCIA:What are other things colleges look at besides the obvious things like grades, gpa, test scores, and extracurriculars? What are the smaller things colleges look at that could get someone "eliminated"?
46:47@anonymous:Is there any required sports classes you have to take at duke? Like in cornell you have to take 2 PT classes?
48:44@anonymous:How much does an essay prompt matter? Because I attended a seminar where the admins said that they care about what's in the essay more than what the prompt is. Is this true? Can you write about something other than the prompt that you feel like sharing?
50:16@anonymous:What summer programs do you recommend I should apply for that look very impressive in the eyes of administrators? Especially top-level school!
52:40@anonymous:What were extracurriculars?
55:18@anonymous:What were your extracurriculars?


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