Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Saturday, February 20 at 09:00 PM

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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.
2:37@anicole:Do college look at ACT and SAT scores differently?
3:57@usha:What type of extracurricular activities do colleges value during the pandemic, especially when there are not too many opportunities available.
8:01@anicole:If I Superscore will they truly not look at any of the other sub scores that are not the highest?
9:23@anonymous:What is your favorite thing about Williams?
11:37@anonymous:Do you recommend taking both the ACT and the SAT or only one?
13:18@anonymous:how can admission officers see privilege in your application?
14:41@anonymous:what should I as a junior focus on to make my college application easier?
16:44@anonymous:what is the most challenging part of the application process?
18:34@philip_0327:Do you recommend taking dual enrollment classes? If so, when should I start taking them? I'm a sophomore.
22:10@anicole:How did you pick a college?
24:45@anicole:Do AP scores contribute at all to college acceptance? If I don't get a 5 like my college asks for should I submit the score?
27:10@anonymous:If you have a high GPA, rigorous course load, and many extracurriculars with leadership positions, is it risky to apply without test scores to a test-optional school?
29:32@anonymous:what should I be looking for when choosing the right college?
29:51@anicole:What should a challenging course load look like?
32:22@usha:Do you recommend taking summer courses?
34:20@anicole:If I already took an SAT subject test should/can I still submit it? (I did really well on it)
34:46@anonymous:is gap year recommended?
36:23@anonymous:Due to Covid, I have not been able to travel and visit colleges besides taking virtual tours and speaking to reps. What else would you recommend?
39:05@anicole:I heard that admittance rates this year are plummeting because of test optional. Do you think it is actually more difficult to get in or there are just more people applying that probably will not fit for the college?
41:59@anonymous:How many AP courses do you recommend? Although my school offers many I can only fit in 2 or 3 in my schedule.
43:39@anicole:I am interested in STEM classes and want to take 3 AP science classes next year. Will this look bad or show my interest?
47:17@anonymous:What is the current status of the new science buildings at Williams?
48:15@anonymous:How important is advanced regents diploma in comparison to a regular regents diploma?
49:46@anicole:I want to do BME in college, but I also think I want to pursue a double major in math. Is this something I should mention in applications or wait until I get with my advisors in college?
51:33@anonymous:Does Williams offer pass fail classes Vs letter grade? do you recommend or discourage it?
53:26@anicole:Everyone always says "women in STEM" is this overrated?
56:58@anonymous:What is the most important factor to help you stand out on an application?
58:54@anonymous:How hard was your first year, and are there any changes you would have made given the chance?


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