First Start for Freshmen: Advising Hours with Amanda

Recorded Wednesday, February 17 at 01:00 AM

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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.
5:35@anonymous:what are the first steps to applying to college?
11:14@DJ1:What it like being an international student?
13:23@anonymous:what is the most important thing in the college application?
16:23@DJ1:What were your extracurriculars?
17:55@TK:Sorry, i missed what is meant by target school?
19:13@DJ1:Is it harder to get into a school out-of-state? As in are schools biased?
21:24@anonymous:how do i start getting on email lists/in contact with colleges?
23:10@anonymous:what is the most challenging part of the application process?
25:54@DJ1:One of my desired majors is biomedical engineering. Did you have that major? If not, how was biology for you?
27:47@anonymous:what should i be looking for when choosing the right college?
30:40@DJ1:In your opinion, do you think Ivy League admissions officers are a bit racist? I've noticed a trend where there is barely black in those schools and more asians and more white. You don't have to give me a definte answer: I just want your opinion.
32:46@TK:Can u pls tell me about Gap year you mentioned that you took?
36:58@anonymous:how many colleges do you recommend applying to?
37:12@anonymous:My best friends dad lives in the state I'm considering for college, would I be able to use his address to get a better deal than i would for out of state? And would he get any mail that would actually be meant for me?
38:55@anonymous:what are the class sizes like in duke?
40:18@DJ1:Just a general question: How was college? Was it enjoyable or dreadful, you know? Parties? Exams? Etc.?
44:19@DJ1:Do colleges like hate people who try to use pity in their essays to get in? I feel like that's a cliche.
45:42@DJ1:What are some mistakes you made in freshmen year? What are some things that benefited you in your applications?
48:09@anonymous:What did you do the most in high school that you think helped you get accepted?
50:52@anonymous:This year I have had to stay home for school due to Covid, and I haven't been able to join any extracurriculars and clubs. I am worried that this might affect my college application in the future... do you have any advice for students going through this?
53:09@DJ1:What would you consider to be TOO many extracurriculars?
54:58@anonymous:I have a busy schedule already, and I don't have time for extra curricular activities, do you think that will help will be a negative factor for being accepted in colleges?
58:03@anonymous:what is the most challenging part of the application process?
58:08@DJ1:How were the interviews for you?
59:44@anonymous:Personally I made the mistake (im in high school rn) i didn't join any extra activities because I have a busy schedule and still do, and I also took classes my friend did, and not classes I was interested in
60:31@anonymous:How do you gain research experience? Do you have any tips on how to start with this?
62:52@anonymous:what advise will you give for high school students to better be prepare for the application process?
64:02@anonymous:How do you gain research experience? Do you have any tips on how to start with this?
64:13@anonymous:Something I forgot to ask, what is research experience exactly? I am a freshman in high school, so this is all new to me.
64:50@DJ1:How did your relationships affect your high school and college experience? Like a boyfriend and/or friends?
66:15@anonymous:Do you have any tips for effective studying?


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