Just for Juniors: Advising Hours with Giebien

Recorded Saturday, February 27 at 08:00 PM

The recording will load in a moment.

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.
2:41@anonymous:do you any recommendations on what to do over this summer?
5:11@gannasoliman:Good summer programs juniors can apply to?
8:48@anonymous:when would you recommend starting the scholarship search?
13:41@twohid:In general social sciences (or sociology, anthropology, and maybe poliSci) what type of research opportunities does a high school student have with a professor? Or are there other more significant things I can do for experience, especially during covid? (My profile is hopefully going to surround around helping other people and the community directly, seeing the change I make on individuals and the community as a whole)
17:19@twohid:What kind of research can a social sciences (maybe sociology, anthropology, or polisci) major do with a professor? Preferably surrounding making direct impacts on people/communities
19:01@anonymous:if you're okay with sharing, what did you write your college essays on? any tips?
23:01@gannasoliman:What makes an application competitive than others?
25:14@twohid:Suggestion: CollegeVine should upload cc or transcripts to these recorded live sessions for people with hearing problems
25:34@anonymous:does tutoring count as a leadership role, or is that too much of a stretch?
27:45@anonymous:are interviews a big part of the college application process?
30:53@twohid:Can you write a fiction essay as a sort of ship to show your experiencesfor your personal narrative essay? Not like scifi or anything, just like a made-up story about a day
33:37@anonymous:besides for academics, what do you do with your time in college?
35:55@anonymous:I'm in 11th grade. I feel like my extracurriculars and awards are a bit scattered (economics, science, accounting/business, and math) and I'm worried about looking like I'm resume padding. Am I? How would I avoid this?
38:00@twohid:If I want to shoot my shot at interning with a professor, what should I include in my email towards them?
40:06@anonymous:do you have any tips for shy/socially reserved kids? i feel like i haven't gotten out of my shell enough for colleges to notice
41:54@jonathank:What extracurriculars would you recommend that would be related to accounting/finance?
46:23@anonymous:what's the average cost difference between out-of-state vs in-state colleges?
49:46@twohid:How does the merit multiplier work on the new scholarship section?
50:50@mimi:How difficult to manage finance by yourself at college? Do you have any recommendation?
53:23@mimi:Any advice about roommate? What is most difficult?
55:24@twohid:What are some examples of questions should you ask admissions officers to portray interest in the college?
59:04@twohid:Would it help my passion project to be featured on a small local newspaper? Or is it not worth much as it is small and usually people have to request it.
59:37@mimi:What kind of meal plan do you recommend for freshmen? i.e. the most important features to consider when pick a meal plan.
62:32@mimi:How important is it to update a school after submitting my application to a school? And what should be included in the update?
63:48@anonymous:going off of the meal plan question - how hard is it to be a vegetarian in college
64:38@jonathank:what should I do if my high school doesnt offer a college counselor
68:44@mimi:How important is having a social media account (e.g. facebook account) for applying to a top university?


Live profile review with Yesh

Live essay review with Robert

Spinning Your Web: A Guided Meditation

Open advising hours with Elias

Most recent recordings