Open Advising Hours with Amanda

Recorded Monday, March 29 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Amanda May for another edition of her famed open advising hours! Amanda will be available to answer any and all questions that you have about the college admissions process, the college experience, extracurriculars, Duke or anything else.

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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.
2:12@anonymous:Hello! Will chances of getting accepted into a nursing program decrease because I chose not to turn in my low SAT score?
2:56@stemcurious:I have an opportunity to work on a remote neuroscience internship(individual) or an in person lab research group project over the summer. Which one would you recommend if my aim is to pursue pre-med track.
4:11@anonymous:I believe I have a strong extracurricular background but I chose not to turn in my SAT score. Should students be worried about that if they did the same?
4:38@stemcurious:Do my summer research projects have to be related to a particular topic? For example can I do something in microbiology one summer and cancer research another summer?
5:53@sidney:Do you know people who got into Duke as an econ major? Can you explain a little about what they did in high school?
9:22@JW11:I play a music instrument. I got 1st chair in All-State and play in an orchestra outside of school for multiple years. Should I write just one category in the Extracurricular activity or separate categories since writing space is limited?
9:41@stemcurious:Will placing nationally in USABO help my profile or research project?
10:43@sidney:If I have some business related extracurriculars, do you think it could hurt my application if I apply for a liberal arts education like Duke, Harvard, Yale....? Considering business people are 'pre-´professional'?
12:29@JW11:Can I write a part-time job during the summer in Extracurricular activity?
12:51@anonymous:I created a food Instagram/blog platform over the past year to help local restaurants around me during the pandemic. It also reached hundreds of daily engagement. How would I implement that during the college application process? What would be the best way to word it?
14:32@sidney:Can you talk a little more about how to stand out for an econ major? I'm really interested in that lol
16:50@MohidBasha:Does it significantly hurt my application if most of my extracurriculars throughout highschool were geared towards econ/business but now I am thinking about instead pursuing biomedicine or psychology?
18:37@sidney:I'm really passionate about environmental protection and business, would it make sense if I apply as an econ major?
19:35@felipeavila:Hey there! How do college interviews work? It would obviously vary from school to school, but in your experience, what is the process like?
24:22@stemcurious:In the last stream you mentioned names if few books to get inspired about biological research Could you repeat the names again?
26:31@sidney:What do you think that made you stand out for Duke?
27:36@MohidBasha:I am really interested in business and psychology, would applying as a psychology major still keep my doors open for business careers?
29:11@felipeavila:Do colleges place a large focus on a student's weighted GPA? I currently have a 4.5 weighted, and I'm planning on moving it to a 5.0 by the time I graduate next year.
30:13@JW11:How can I find a good internship under the COVID-19 situation?
31:10@sidney:How many colleges did you apply to?
31:39@sidney:Do you know peoplewho got into Wharton? Do you know what they did in HS? lol
33:15@felipeavila:I work in Public Policy, however, I've also fun an interest in public health. I attend a CTE school where my program is Certified Nursing Assistant. Would it be a good idea to combine both passions into one general theme for my college application?
34:36@MohidBasha:Does attending a school's CAS and majoring in economics hold significant drawbacks in regards to career opportunities in comparison to applying/attending the school's business school and major in business?
38:05@Cmetz:I am looking into doing a biology major at Duke. Do you recommend I take AP calc BC or AP stats or does it matter. I have room for only one of them for my senior year
39:01@felipeavila:I've heard that one of the biggest mistakes students make in essays is using cliche; what's the best way to avoid this?
40:44@MohidBasha:Are there any drawbacks to majoring in economics/business and being a pre-med instead of majoring in something like biology?
42:32@MariamOs9:If there are too many information about a university and its overwhelming where do I begin research on that uni for the why us essay?
44:37@felipeavila:I was accepted into a Summer program at Johns Hopkins. How can I use the connections with students and faculty to my advantage?
46:21@sidney:Would you recommend going test optional this year considering I'm an inernational student and the closest test center from my city is a 3 hour flight away.
46:51@Cmetz:What was your favorite thing about attending Duke ?
48:20@felipeavila:I'm planning on taking 5 AP courses my senior year; I risk dropping my GPA. I know most schools require a report for senior grades in early January. Do some colleges rescind accepted students if a student's senior GPA significantly drops?
49:45@MZ:When do you think we should start requesting LORec from school teachers? I've heard that I can start as early as Spring but I am not sure if it is too early (junior)
50:41@sidney:Are letters of recommendation considered something 'academic' into the application process?
51:28@Cmetz:Have you done a livestream on Duke ? If not could you do one please
52:52@sidney:Can you do a live about Wharton :)
53:14@felipeavila:Many colleges like Hopkins require students to live on campus for a few years, is this something that you personally favor?
54:55@felipeavila:Is political bias in the admissions process common? As I stated, a lot of my extracurriculars are related to politics. How can I phrase my ECs in applications?
55:34@Cmetz:What did you feel was unique about Duke that other colleges don’t have aside from the lemurs center ?

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