Open advising hours with Hale

Recorded Wednesday, May 5 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Hale for his first ever open advising hours! Hale will be available to answer any and all questions that you have about the college admissions process and his college experience. If you’re pre-med, applying to Yale, or just have questions about college admissions in general, come hang out with Hale on air!

We're also offering a form where you can pre-submit your questions to Hale, which you can access here.

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

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 Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
9:15@AC8903:I want to get into Stanford and I'm interested in the medical field what things should I be doing to get into that school. I am a sophomore btw.
12:01@Thebest:Hello Hale! what are your thoughts about a biological sciences major and leadership and communication in organizations minor with a pre-med track? Like how hard will it be? and how long will it take me to complete them if I am a full-time student? Thank you!
13:55@PamDemic:super duper unrelated but would affirmative action work on international students a think?
15:21@PamDemic:Do you think yale reminds you off hogwarts?
16:28@PamDemic:Can you explaine the college system in yale. I have always wondered abour barnord college since the mention it in gilmore girls. Do you choose housing?
18:52@anonymousems:how much do colleges care about AP test scores?
20:30@Angel3434:I just received my SAT and they are low, can I still get into any colleges
22:20@PamDemic:Can you not choose housing in yale?
23:43@anonymousems:how do you get those tier one activities? I have a lot of high tier 2's so how do I elevate those? I am a current sophomore.
26:30@anonymousems:are essays or extracurriculars more important?
28:03@PamDemic:Funny yale traditions?
30:16@smile_108:how important are AP test scores considering the effects of the pandemic?
31:15@Thebest:I took an AP class, but I am not taking the exam because I know I am failing! What are your thoughts?
32:49@PamDemic:Also would one D be a cut of for yale. A D in my country is translated to a C to the american system.
35:19@smile_108:could you please talk a bit about recommendation letters (who to ask, how early to ask, their importance, etc.)? thanks!
38:23@Thebest:I know a lot of people say that college is hard, but the question is: Is it hard because of the amount of work you have to get done or because it's hard to understand the concept?
40:37@PamDemic:Do you reckon it should be from a stem teacher and humanities or can pick an english teacher and social science teacher?
41:26@smile_108:what were your strongest extracurriculars in high school that helped your application?
44:29@Marco123:I came to the United States in Nov 2019 and I eventually found my enthusiasm in cs last summer. Therefore, I only have a limited stand out extracurricular activities. What is your recommendation of the things that I can do in the remaining 1 year of high school?
46:02@smile_108:do you have any tips about the college interviews?
50:37@PamDemic:I am intrested in finace so would humantie teachers be good? I do go to a stem school tho
53:06@Thebest:Can you please give us some college tips?
55:47@AC8903:Can you give us some tips on how to pick a college?
58:34@PamDemic:yale or upenn for finance
59:28@Thebest:Did you get your bachelor's in 3 years or 4?
59:47@Thebest:How useful do you think a minor is?
60:26@PamDemic:Does yla have opne curriculm like brown?
61:35@samuelh45:I messed up in freshmen year w/ 3.67 GPA with 1 AP. How can I get better in the future??
62:42@PamDemic:spike vs wellrounded in your opinion?
64:32@smile_108:what are aspects of the application that you advise us to work on over the summer (I'm currently a junior)?


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