My First Year At Boston University / Bu Cgs Boston-London Program Experience

hey old my name is Caroline for those of you who are new I’m a sophomore at Boston University studying political science in this video I’m gonna be talking about my experience at BU my first calendar year as a view student and my experience in the CGS Boston London program. you don’t know the CGS Boston London program is essentially a two-year Entry Program for you students the first year starts in January after your senior year. you take a semester off and then you finish out your freshman year the same summer by doing a six-week intensive semester in London you have sophomore years well where you take more liberal arts classes that you also take more classes koryagin towards your major i’m vu class of 2022 it’s been about a calendar year since I started at vu I started in January of 2019 and it’s now January 2020. I’ve been through first semester freshman years the london’s term fall semester sophomore year and now I’m about to finish my last semester here in the CGS before I transfer in to CAS College of Arts and Sciences oh and if you don’t know CGS stands for College of general studies in this video I’m going to be breaking down my experience the entire process from applying through this past semester as a sophomore here at BU I applied to you my senior year of high school I graduated in 2018 by the time that I was going through my college applications I knew video was probably one of my top choices I toured it this summer before my junior year I’m pretty sure and I really loved it even the college or the admissions officer that I talked to that was like specific to my range and he even said that my experience at wine proved that really be it was the place for me one little story is that daily natori it was the summer. it should have been nice to be warm and sunny but it actually poured rain and I was wearing a white shirt and they spilled coffee on it and they still look the school. clearly I still loved it this is important because winter in Boston is super long. the fact that I didn’t find that it’s pouring rain in July shows that I really did love it I applied all of my junior senior year at C’s I wanted to apply ed2 but I had applied ei to like five schools and gotten in already. my parents wanted me to keep my options open since I already had some acceptances in retrospect I do wish I had applied 82 because I knew I would have gone and clearly because I went even though I got accepted to CGS not my major I clearly wanted to go because of a lot I mean CGS students is whether or not you click the button to say you were interested in CGS I remember personally that I did because I had a college admissions counselor and she recommended it saying that it would increase my chances of getting in I always wondered what would have happened if I didn’t check the box if I would have straight gotten any to CAS in my major which is political science and then at the time I didn’t know about CGS London when I toured we talked about CGS as a whole but we didn’t talk about CGS London not to my recollection those of you who don’t know there used to be a program just like CGS. you would enter in the fall and there was no London it was just a two-year liberal arts curriculum and my year. like the class of 2022 is the last year that had fall CGS. I won’t really be talking about it in this video because it’s not really important anymore and no I’m not even in the program. yeah that was my experience applying it to be you I heard back from bu and I believe March in my senior year which was crazy considering I’d submitted all of my college apps by probably like December 1st but you know that’s how it goes I was like really excited to hear back because it was one of my top choices it was one of my top choices if not my top choice and. yeah I was excited to hear back you’d read on what was that college forum the irony is I don’t remember there was some forum that we were all used to like hear about like the date that stuff is going to come out. here it was coming out at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and I’m from California if you didn’t know. that was 5 a.m. I was actually a debate convention debate conference I literally could not sleep before I kept waking up or just like not falling asleep just waiting for a 5 a.m. to come around but 5 a.m. came on. I took my phone my email I didn’t get anything. I finally just like waited until I had to be up at like 6:30 checked my portal was excited to hear that I got in yeah like ecstatic I like screamed I know oh yeah. I read I was to GS boss Melinda program and I was like oh it must be like the enuine program because I also applied to Northeastern and that program you study abroad your first like fall semester and then you go to school at Northeastern. I thought it was like that like you go to Northeastern spring semester but after reading about it I realized that you didn’t start school until January and then you studied abroad in the summer instead I figured ok that sounds cool but I’ll have to compare it to my other options because you know I did want to go in as a Poli Sci major ultimately I ended up choosing vu just because I felt like it was the best of my options it was definitely the best school that I got into and like I knew I loved it I still wasn’t sure about CGS originally I plan on taking my dad semester here at home taking a community college class and having continuing my internship from high school but things did take a big turn over the summer and yeah I ended up doing something way different with my god semester July rolls around after I graduated I’m getting the feeling that I do not want to stay here in California for my job semester mostly because all my friends were. hyped up about going to school and you know having their freshman experience and at the same time in my high school boyfriend would be breaking up we plan on doing it you know beginning of August before he left for school. I was kind of feeling like maybe I needed to get away from home to kind of get over that.

I reached out to my summer camp that I attended when I was in middle in high school because they have school year programs and I asked if I could work there sent a resume and a cover letter we go back to me that in fact I could work there. I decided to live in my godson this year and worked in outdoor education I had a fantastic time I’m. glad I did it I honestly wish I could have been there for more time for an entire year at least I even considered deferring halfway through my gap semester but then I realized that I would have to wait until January of what would be my sophomore year. right now where we are now and that just didn’t sound like what I wanted to do I would have rather have just deferred for one semester but I couldn’t do that yeah I had a really great house for me then. many amazing people I’m. glad that I had the experience that I did that was basically my gap semester. that ended at Thanksgiving and then obviously I didn’t start till after MLK Day. I came back over to the internship I had in high school which I was planning on doing during my gap semester and then go my current job at his ski shop which I absolutely love. overall and I get semester was really good and I’m really glad I had that time and I think that it definitely prepared me for college and that I came into college a lot more mature like most people thought that I was not a freshman if they met me like they thought that I was a sophomore and I think that’s true for a lot of people in CGS as well Emily we can rolls around – me and my mom fly out to Boston stay in a hotel it’s time to move in I was. excited I found out I was living in rich riches in West in a triple with two girls that seemed super super nice and yeah I was really excited to like finally start humming my college experience unfortunately my moving weekend did not go smoothly at all and there’s actually a huge storm. my mom had to leave early which means I did not get like a ton of help moving in and if you live in West or you’re going to live in with you know it’s super super hot. even though it was like 16 degrees outside we don’t feel of like for the run felt like it was like a hundred degrees. like it was miserable but whatever that’s a fine how-do-you-do as to plan and at the first couple of days I just felt super lonely because I wasn’t really meeting anybody didn’t really know how to meet anybody and like my two roommates had together the previous semester. obviously they were already friends and I had no idea how to like try to get make friends you know it’s hard it’s transition and colleges have my heart finally I started meeting people in CGS like on my team spring semester I took three CGS classes and that was social science rhetoric and humanities yeah they were fine I thought social science was a lot like 80 euro if you took that in high school. I thought it was pretty easy overall since I took AP or a senior year of high school and then I took the fourth class which was for my major which was intro to American politics where po1 11 highly recommend that class although again I think it’s pretty easy. I ended up designing to pressure sorority my first semester because we do deferred recruitment here at new to do recruitment in the spring semester and mostly as because my two roommates were rushing and they were super excited about it both of my roommates were from Texas or are from Texas and. obviously that was like something that they were definitely going to do I am really glad I decided to rush however the week before rush my two roommates moved out not because of me and I hold it against them at all I still think they’re super nice but they just wanted to live in a double and a double up opened up in the room next to their best friend’s room. it worked out for them and that’s fine yeah I see them all the time were. nice whatever it no beef I for awhile thought that since it was after like the direct swap deadline that nobody was gonna move in and I was really looking forward to having my single that was actually a triple but I ended up getting two new roommates mehar and Abby who I love and I’m. glad that I got the opportunity to live with them last year and Abby was rushing to and she was the truth and we’re moving in the B end of rush. it was absolutely crazy because I was only in the room for an hour here and there and like they were trying to move in and II got was crazy but through rush Abby and I really bonded and became really close. that’s good and then of course that weekend I trying to theta my sorority which I love and I’m. glad and I made. many friends and that’s really like the main reason why I do have friends at school.

I am glad that I rushed for sure I also was inspired by the because of my sorority to Joe to go on an ASB trip which is alternative service breaks if you’ve been watching my blogs you know that I’m actually be doing an ASB trip this year but. last year I went to Asheville this year I’m gonna do a trip to Harpers Ferry West Virginia and I definitely made fun to do that as well and that really motivated me through the rest of the year which was really good and by the end of the semester I was deathly starting to make closer friends and I was like outside of CGS mostly like I had very few friends in CGS. I was kind of dreading going to London because I was going to London week after school and did mostly because I feel like none of my friends were gonna be there I didn’t like have people to hang out with and I just really liked my school life at school a lot and I didn’t want it to be over I was really dreading it and the only thing that I was really looking forward to is that I would be rooming with Abby again. I knew that I would have someone there for me. the time to meet for London cons and it was really hard to leave I didn’t want to go I definitely kicked off on a bad note because my flight got in at like 2:00 p.m. in London we had orientation at 3 p.m. and I was exhausted because my flight took off at like midnight and I barely slept and then there was just no opportunity to sleep and I’m super jet-lagged and then I basically had to be with people Intel like 9 p.m.. that and like fine dinner and stuff like that. yeah that kind of sucked. in London you take 3 CGS classes also social science humanities in rhetoric in class with all the same people as you were in spring semester with the same professors which is definitely one of my challenges to see chance of also pretty nervous about London because and you would be heard to make new friends because you know everybody already knows each other the other thing about the classes is you get 14 credits in six weeks. you’re basically in class all day four days a week and then on these extremely long field trips on Mondays which are technically your off day. like you’ll go to like Canterbury or Oxford all of which required you to drive for like a total of like 8 hours in one day kind of miserable but whatever it was fun and it was good to get out of London to see things overall I really did like London as a city and I’m. glad I got to spent six weeks there yeah it’s just a beautiful place I do definitely want to explore it more if I get the opportunity that being said I hated being abroad like it was a horrible experience for me and that was like all on me too and like my personal interest and my cohort of folks that I was with my cohort was super into clubbing and I just wasn’t interested in clubbing I didn’t want to go to clubs I was like down to go to pubs or bars or restaurants and whatever I just did not want to go clubbing it seemed like everyone else wanted to go club all the time like the six nights a week and I also wanted to keep my grades up and it seemed like a lot of people in my cohort didn’t or like they would rather go adventure than keep their grades up which I can understand but you know my priority is only school especially when you pay. much money to go to school editing Caroline here to say that I totally understand that my experience in London has a lot to do with my perception of both myself and my classmates and I’m sure there are plenty of people that were not interested in going clubbing all the time and did prioritize school and that I could have found those people but I just didn’t and I also definitely put myself in the mindset where I thought that it was everyone I wanted to do what I didn’t want to do and I if I know means think that these people that did go clubbing all the time or didn’t prioritize school as much are bad people I totally understand why you would want to do that I mean you’re in a country where you can legally drink you may just be visiting for the first time and there’s. many things to see and. many things to do I totally understand that’s just not where my priorities route at the time. that was pretty challenging and then also like because you were in class. much of the day and then how to kind of work on top of that I just found it really hard to like explore in one day and explore Europe in general luckily I did get to go to Brussels while I was there because one of my sorority sisters was studying abroad in Brussels.

My First Year At Boston University / Bu Cgs Boston-London Program Experience

I took the Aerostar and I would our weekend and that was a really great experience I loved Brussels and I would love to go back there too I did make some good friends towards the end but again like that didn’t happen towards in towards the end that was basically my experience I don’t think that CGS London is like horrible for everyone I just thought that it was really hard and challenging academically and also socially for me however I also didn’t have a ton of friends in CGS. if I did I can give it a bit a lot easier and I’d also definitely feel at home safe because I hadn’t been home since I left for school in January and then I do get back from abroad until July 4th. you’ve been a really long time for me and then once I did get home I didn’t really do much I worked on my blog for the rest of the summer and I realized my website which was super exciting and I also took an online class which I think was really good it helps me get ahead in my major and I really took out these I didn’t feel behind in my major just because of CGS because I’d only take it one major class at the end of my freshman year. I’m really glad that I did that anything he thought was a very good choice for me yeah. that was my experience during summer time and yeah it did kind of suck when I reflect on it like I am really glad that I had that experience and I think it made me definitely a more motivated student and I got to see a part of the world that I never been to before. that was really awesome now we get to basically where I am now I just finished up my fall semester and yeah I had an amazing semester I am. grateful that I’m a DUI of this school I love all the people that I go to school with pretty much and I’ve just had like really fantastic professors you can either take three classes to classes or one class in CGS but you have to take a total of four classes in CGS your sophomore year. I took two this semester and I’ll take two in the spring.

I took natural science and humanities you do have to take Natural Science each semester but then you only have to take one humanities in one social science. it’s really up to you when you do those I hate Natural Science it’s. hard I’m not a science person that’s okay I still got out of it with the B which is good much as I don’t wake natural science I’m sticking through it it does help satisfy some hub requirements that I definitely did mean if you like at this semester I really found my groove I found friends and even though I found like new friends that I had been friends with before and I’d say overall my relationships did change a lot but all for the better I still don’t have a lot of friends in CGS but at this point I don’t really care it because only two of my classes are in CGS. besides us classes the semester I took two major classes. to enjoyed comparative politics which i think is 151 and I highly recommend that class fantastic I loved it I also took a common one because I briefly thought it was gonna be an advertising major I do regret taking that um because I realized I do well okay I don’t regret it because I learned that I don’t want to be an Ag major because of that class yeah I definitely got into the groove I found places that I really love to be on campus I love the community center and my ASB family and yeah I don’t know it was a good semester for me I mean Stephanie academically challenging and he definitely had to push myself but it was really rewarding I also didn’t get my best grades I don’t like care that much because I’m proud I learned. much and I’ve been in my blog on the side and I really feel like got flourished as well. I’m really proud of what my semester was like that’s what a year in CGS looks like on your first year in CGS much as I talk about CGS to my friends and stuff I’m really glad that I chose to juicy GSA’s it means I get to be a BU which is more important to me than CGS yeah every one of you I feel like there’s a big like work hard play hard attitude which I personally really enjoy because I think it’s really motivating everybody wants you to work really hard and everybody wants to have fun with you when it’s all over. um I am kind of glad are looking forward to it being over I do have capstone this semester which is like a research paper that you do in a team of seven to ten I think which is really daunting to me I don’t like group projects at much. you let soon be a challenge but I’m really glad I must be you at the end of the day I am glad that I’m gonna say yes. if you ever have any questions about video or about CHS feel free to leave them in the comments down below or DM them to me on Instagram I’m always happy to talk to you guys about my experience and if you like this video and want to see more like it feel free to like comment and subscribe and of course you can always follow me on all of my social media which are always linked down below and I’ll see you guys in the next one

Rejected From My Dream College.

my GPA was a lot more on the stronger side really on top of their shed I got my results back and they denied to me they rejected me hey guys it’s Healy sunny and today I’m gonna be talking about a topic that you guys probably don’t see a lot here in the beauty guru community I’m gonna be talking about college because as a youtuber I actually did take my studies very seriously throughout high school and I actually did apply to college I got into college I got rejected from college I was a completely normal high school student I went to traditional public high school I did the normal application process as a student I just want to share my process with you guys and I also asked you guys to ask me questions on Instagram and I’m gonna be answering all of those and a lot of you are really curious about the end results. I’m also going to be revealing those if you’re not a student in the United States or you’re still pretty young and you don’t really know how the college application process here works basically around the first semester of senior year and senior year is 12th grade. it’s like the last year of high school you start applying to colleges the second semester you start getting answers back I’m from California. we kind of have like two different types of colleges we can apply to we have the UC application process which is the University of California schools. they’re like public schools here in California and I applied to a couple of those and then there’s also the common app and common app is generally for private schools correct me if I’m wrong I’m literally not a college counselor I’m a student. I’m currently a senior and I only have a week of school left not even like I graduate in four days. I’m almost there and I did the whole thing girl I literally went through every single step. don’t worry you’re gonna get answers to all your questions the first thing I want to share are my stats and my stats is basically like GPA and SAT or ect score I took the SAT SAT has an English portion a math portion and then an essay portion which is optional but I had to take the essay also for like some of the colleges that required it that I was applying to. I took that my GPA. my like grade point average throughout I think they only take into account your sophomore and junior year grades I had a 3.87 unweighted. it’s out of four it’s out of a 4.0 if you’re unweighted and I had a three-point 87 but the thing is I don’t believe I took any AP classes sophomore junior year. I guess my weighted score wasn’t that different I took a couple honors classes but my grade point average was a three-point 87. like basically a 3.9 which it was a pretty good GPA my GPA was a lot more on the stronger side compared to like other students obviously there were like people in my grade who had like a 4.5 GPA because they took a million APs and they were just really on top of their for me I just preferred to kind of take regular classes and just do really well in those senior year I did challenge myself I took two AP classes AP French class and an AP calculus and ap basically means it’s a lot it’s like college level. it’s a lot more difficult and then at the end of the year you take this test if you get a 4 or 5 out of it and it’s graded out of a 5 you get college credit. you don’t have to take that class in college I recently did take my ApS but I don’t find out my scores till this summer. I can’t really give you information about that but basically I did not take ApS all throughout high school and my situation is kind of different because I did let’s start like an American public high school my sophomore year. I was kind of like still trying to like figure out where I kind of was on the American level. that’s kind of what happened with me on the SAT I got a 13 90 which is still like an okay grade but it definitely was not as strong as the people I was competing with going into the colleges that I applied for. I got a 13 90 it’s great out of the 1,600 on the SAT it wasn’t okay grade but I should have worked harder I honestly did not study for the SAT I was just kind of pretty late like everyone around me was taking SAT prep courses and I was just doing YouTube I wasn’t really thinking about the SAT um I still was like working hard in my classes. I kind of just went into the SAT with the knowledge I had gained from high school I hadn’t like done special SAT training. those are my stats I had a 3.9 GPA and then 1390 on I applied to six colleges in total throughout high school I never really had a college that I was like head over heels for that I was like I see myself here like I want to go here I guess I should have done my research a little earlier on because those people who really were in love with a school I guess there’s goods and bats too it worked really hard like the fact that they really wanted to go there and motivated them to work harder to get there throughout high school and they some of them actually did get in but those people who really were obsessed with the school and then ended up not getting in were really hurt at the end. I was just kind of in the middle like I was like yeah I’d love to go there but I never like fell in love with a school I applied to for UC University of California blank. there’s a bunch I think there’s like 11 of the an ayap I do see Berkeley UCLA UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara UC Berkeley and then UCLA are definitely more of the more challenging ones they’re all really hard schools to get him to like I didn’t apply to any schools that were like safety schools your safety schools basically you’re guaranteed to get into just because your stats are a lot higher than their average stats and then your target schools which are the schools that it looks like you can probably get in and then your reach schools are schools that your stats are a little bit lower or like their acceptance rate is pretty low and it’s kind of like a reach to get there. you’re supposed to like apply to these three types of schools I completely crossed out safety school it didn’t really affect me at the end because I did get into colleges that I applied to and then on the common app the common app is like this completely different application process that you use like your essays are different I applied to to private schools. I applied to USC which is the University of Southern California and NYU which is New York University obviously NYU kind of was the one school that I was leaning more towards it was the only school I applied to that wasn’t in California and towards the end of my college application process I kind of realized that that’s where I really really really wanted to go I never really like became obsessed with it where it was all I thought about but I just really saw myself there I had a lot of trouble seeing myself at these other schools. for you sees the application process is you write four essays and they’re kind of like mini essays and I put a lot of effort into these essays I worked on them for around four months just a long amount of time to write like four essays that are like two paragraphs or some and yeah I literally put my heart and soul into these essays sent them my SAT score my transcript with my GPA I talked a lot about like my YouTube and the fact that if I were to get into college I would be a first-generation college student and my family I talked about the fact that I moved a lot.

Rejected From My Dream College.

I just sent my UC applications and bam I was done with my you see applications for the common tab it’s a little bit more different on the common up like I said I was only applying to USC and NYU. you only send them one essay which is one long essay and then sometimes they ask you questions like why do you want to go to NYU and you have to like answer like in a paragraph. I also sent them my transcript my SAT score and by the end of December all my applications were out and I was just in this like Melrose chillin oh there is no chilling cuz like they’re like okay financial aid deadlines okay like housing deadlines and all these deadlines March and April rolled around and I got my results back which is the exciting part I get I feel like you guys are the most excited for that I was the most excited for that obviously. I’m gonna go in order of me receiving each decision and then I’ll get to the last one. like I’ll start off with the first one the first decision I found out was UCLA and they denied to me they were like sorry girl they rejected me they didn’t want to go there I guess which I knew cuz new feeling was definitely a reach in my stats were a lot lower than their average stats that they accept and I never really was in love with it I mean it would have been cool to go to UCLA because it’s just such an amazing school and I would be here in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t have to move um but they rejected me and then the same day I think I found out about UC San Diego and I got accepted there when I was hey like that’s cool it was like my first college acceptance I was like I got into a UC. it kind of gave me a little bit of hope and then I found out about USC it was actually the funniest thing I was literally sleeping my mom comes in and she hands me this letter and she goes they rejected you at first I was like I’m dreaming like what the and then I got up and it was actually like my rejection letter I guess that one was kind of sad I kind of did want to get accepted there ah they rejected me also which whatever I got accepted into UC Santa Barbara a couple days later I think and I was like whoa like that’s. cool you see Sina Barbarella I heard amazing things about that school like everyone that talks about it just seems to love it it’s not too far from home and I was like UC Santa Barbara I got accepted that’s good and then NYU I was really looking forward to I remember being super anxious super nervous logging into my portal because you login into the website and it like tells you your application status and I logged in and they were like wait-listed waitlist basically means we can’t accept you right now but if some of the people that we did accept decide not to go here and there’s extra space available we’ll let you come in that’s what we get list me. you’re kind of like they’re Plan B I had positive vibes I was very like wow this is better than a rejection it’s not good as being accepted but I wasn’t sad or happy I was just kind of like okay the last date to find out about weightless is August first. there is still okay I guess this is like a spoiler alert I haven’t heard back from them. I’m still on their waitlist but they did put out this update a few days ago being like we accepted most of the people that we are going to be accepting off the waitlist already. it looks like we’re not gonna be accepting any more people into the fall semester here at NYU and I was like dad but they’re like but we still might be accepting a few more people into our spring semester stay tuned we’re gonna be calling a few people off the list throughout the summer for me it was very like okay I don’t think NYU’s happening hopes shattered and then finally UC Berkeley came out they didn’t accept me didn’t want to go there anyway I don’t know why I applied I they have the highest dropout rate in California. yeah I wasn’t trying to do that. that left me with UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara I kind of like already knew I really was leaning more towards UC Santa Barbara just cuz usually San Diego was a little bit farther than home like I knew as a it’s they’re both amazing schools UC Santa Barbara is a major party school it’s voted like the happiest College in California it’s literally on the beach I went I visited it was really pretty but when I visited I didn’t get that gut feeling where I was like wow I belong here and I visited the dorms and I was like whoa like I I never really like put college life into my hand applying didn’t make me realize that wow this is gonna be my reality if I actually do get accepted it was kind of like a dream almost once I got accepted they were like okay your decision is due by May 1st you either have to commit or you have to be like I’m not going there I ended up committing. I sent in my statement of intent to register I found a roommate to stay in in a dorm. that’s where I’m at right now right now it looks like I might be going to UC Santa Barbara unless in the summer I get this like ultimate change of heart or like NYU accepts me whatever the case may be and I decide not to go there I don’t know if I actually do want to go there for all four years I don’t know if I want to go there at all just because it’s a very very small town and I’ve always been raised in the city.

I’ve always been in like really really big cities my job also it just I don’t know I still don’t know I’m still trying to figure that out but that’s where I am right now I always have my plan B which is Community College here in Los Angeles Santa Monica Community College is awesome if you’re kind of like in my situation or if you feel like your stats aren’t good enough for any of the colleges that you do want to go to it just gives you like an extra year or two to take more classes get more credits and then apply to college as a sophomore a junior can always do that a lot of my friends are doing that like me if you didn’t get into a school you really wanted to go to in my case NYU I could always go take classes there for a year and then transfer because getting accepted into college as a transfer student is a lot easier than just coming out of high school and going in as a freshman they’re a lot more selective with their freshmen acceptances now I’m gonna be going into some of the questions that you guys ask me Laura and asked what do you want to major in obviously depends based on the college but for me it was mostly communications I truly wanted to do business but I just freakin I’m done with math like I’m. done with math I really want to go to NYU because they have communications media culture which is just perfect gaining a lot of information about what I’m already doing are you going to do any online school if I do end up wanting to go to like SMC like I already picked my classes there just as like a backup if I do end up going there I don’t want to be stuck with shitty classes. I am gonna be doing a few online classes. that means I do some on campus some online and save time what was the hardest year of high school for you honestly it’s freaking senior year it’s a myth everybody always want me senior year as a blast like it’s. easy everyone. chill honey I guess it was my fault for taking like to AP’s AP Calculus cannot even imagine going back like i’m. glad it’s over worst time of my life it was supposed to be junior year apparently but for me senior year was. hard just because I had to like they don’t gave you free time to apply to college you’re freaking have to do your work and then come home and work on your college admissions like it’s it was such a struggle for me were you involved in any school clubs organizations no and this was a mistake because even though I had a lot of extracurriculars here like based around YouTube like the campaign’s I did the work I did I never really like was a part of school organizations which I should have been it would have shown that I had things going for me in every area do my school work do good at school work come home do my YouTube do good at YouTube I feel like I should have branched out like there’s some sports there like volunteering had a little club going on I just didn’t have time how did you know what schools to apply to interesting question for me I kind of like eliminated like geographically where I want it to be I read I either wanted to be in LA or New York I guess like in California or New York I regret. many things I can’t tell you enough how important it is to do research like I wish I applied to other colleges in New York City I wish I did early decision early decisions basically when you apply you only get to apply early to one school and it basically shows you really really want to go there and I didn’t do early decision for any schools I feel like if I had done that for maybe like NYU it would have hired my chances of getting in there when college counselors come to your school from different colleges go to their freaking meeting they should have gone to. many more than I did yeah I wish I applied to more colleges what are you most excited for in college it’s crazy because I still like I can’t be like oh going here and I heard this is really good here if I do go to Santa Barbara I like I’m. excited to like be by the beach and people that are really fun like partying all the time but at the same time like everyone’s really good at school. it’s like this really good balance if I do want to say in a background what I’m excited about is just being independent for the first time in my life I’ve always had a really close bond with my family and not having that and like being my own mom and dad that’s gonna be. crazy for me like staying in a dorm doing like college student things would be really fun if I go to like Community College I get out of school at like 10:30 which is. early I’d have. much more free time to focus on YouTube to do other things I wanted. there’s pros to like both side wherever I do end up going what classes do you recommend taking throughout the years if you want to look academically like really strong I definitely recommend you take some APs and honors classes especially like in your younger years of high school just take a couple honors classes because they’re literally GPA boosters take a bunch of like random easy classes that can just like boost your GPA but at the same time take like challenging classes that make you look like a strong candidate for school don’t go overboard where you’re drowning under work if you get a C in AP class it does not look good you’d rather go to take the regular version of that class and get an A what I’m saying take as many classes as you think you can handle and do well in that’s the end of my video it’s kind of a long video but if you have any other questions about college or anything I’d be more than happy to answer them in the college section in the college section in the comment section I don’t think I would have even been able to get into college if it wasn’t for my friend Sarah who literally guided me throughout the whole process because she like is obsessed with the idea of college it’s really cute and she was my friend and helped me out with almost everything and showed me like how to apply I was literally clueless like I was a little baby I was like how do you like college and she took me out throughout the whole process I definitely comment and I’ll be there for you and if I don’t know the answer for something I’ll ask her and she’ll know the answer for it and yeah I love you guys. much all the way to put it out and back you

How To Get Into Harvard

How To Get Into Harvard

hey it’s Beth and welcome back to my Channel today I’m going to be filming my most requested video of all time which is how to get into Harvard if you like these types of videos and new to my channel subscribe down below. you stay updated you can also follow me on my social media Instagram and snapchat for more updates. click this lemur before I start I’m not an admissions officer and I don’t work for the admissions office these are my experiences and what I thought worked for me and hopefully you’ll find it helpful for you I’m also going to be splitting this video into four main parts what I think Harvard is looking for academics extracurriculars and essays and we want to leave timestamps of each of those sections in the description box down below. pop that open that way you can go to the section that you want to know more about okay let’s get started. number one what I think Harvard is looking for it’s hard to say because Harvard has such a diverse array of admitted students but I think for the most part Harvard is looking for well-rounded and intelligent individuals that want to make a difference in the world I know that’s a very broad idea but it’s nice how to keep that in the back of your mind as you’re going throughout the application process and also going through high school and internships everything. you can’t just be smart and have good test scores you also need to show that you’re involved in the community and your leader and you’re willing to make sacrifices to make a difference in our society it’s also important to stand out Harvard really looks for unique individuals in my opinion. if you have like a hobby that maybe isn’t as popular then definitely highlight that or really pursue that especially if you love it because it’s something that’ll make you stand out from the tens of thousands of people that apply every year number to academics. what I mean by academics are SAT scores and grades for the SAT I already made a video on study tips and. you can open that right there hopefully you’ll find it helpful put some quick statistics you can find these on their website which I’ll link down below most admitted students get a 6 to 800 on each of the separate parts of the SAT the nice thing about Harvard is that it accepts super scores without penalties a super score is using multiple tests as a full exam. if you did really well in the math portion your spring exam but you didn’t do. well in the reading / writing you can take the SAT again in the fall and use your fall reading and writing with your spring math to make one test score you could essentially take the test like five or six times but I really wouldn’t recommend taking it more than three times since you’re not likely to improve after that Harvard also requires two SAT Subject Tests and I would suggest that you take them in two subjects that are not related to each other. for instance don’t take like a physics subject test at a chemistry subject test because it kind of shows that you’re only focused and talented in the sciences. for me I did one in math level two and then one in English literature and I submitted those two. for grades obviously you need good grades however does not have a cut-off GPA it also doesn’t have a cutoff SAT score Harvard does say that it admits students who are in the top 10 to 15 percent of the graduating class you want to show through your grades that you’re a high achieving student. what that means is take honors upper courses or AP and IB level courses if you can and if you can handle the difficulty don’t take that advice to mean take every possible highest level class that you can because you want to be able to do well in your classes and have a balanced schedule and Harvard understand that I didn’t take every AP that in high school offer it’s still important to show that you’re willing to take difficult classes and pursue advanced coursework it will really show that you’re academically inclined and that you’re willing to learn and happy to learn which are qualities at Harvard really looks for I also want to emphasize that one or two bad grades does not ruin your chances at all a lot of things could factor into getting a bad grade and that will not hurt your chances like significantly I took a total of nine AP throughout my high school career. that broke down to two my sophomore year three my junior year and four my senior third extracurriculars. I have six tips for extracurriculars my number one tip and this applies to a lot of things in life but do what you love don’t just do something because you think it’s what admissions officers want because they can smell BS from a mile away they’ve been doing this for years. just do what you love and put all your heart into it and they’ll be able to tell tip number two I’ve already mentioned this but try to do something unique but only do if you love it but this just means like try a lot of things your freshman sophomore year and just pick out what you love from there. keep your mind very open and then slowly kind of narrow it down. number three is be committed. after you’ve waited through all the possible clubs and extracurricular activities you could do your freshman sophomore year find the ones that you love and stick with them throughout the rest of high school because that will really show that you’re dedicated to the club and you can make a commitment to something tip number four assume the ranks in that organization and what I mean is if you’re really dedicated and you’re really passionate about that club you should want to make a difference and you should want to lead the organization I’ve more specific advice join a community service organization and a leadership skill developing organization because as I mentioned before however it really looks for leaders that want to make a positive change in the world not only will those two types of clubs fit into that archetype but it will also teach a really valuable life lessons like being compassionate and be grateful and humble and how to communicate effectively and speak in front of people by leadership organizations I mean things like model Congress Model United Nations speech debate anything like that if you don’t have an organization in your school like that make one because that shows you have even more initiative and you can take charge and just do it yourself if it doesn’t exist number six is get an internship or some sort of work experience over your summers I know it’s really hard for high schoolers to do that it’s even hard for college students. don’t worry but if you can please try to this can be as simple as like waitressing at your local deli or I mean diner or helping your mom out at work like something simple. that you can put it on your resume and show that you’re willing to work during even during your time off. for me I did Model United Nations for four years what’s the president of that my senior year I was almost club which is a service club dedicated to helping homeless for four years and I was the president of that my senior year for three years and was secretary of that my senior year and then I co-founded and I guess was co-president of our Speech and Debate club because we didn’t have a team. I wanted to create a fort more kids could have a debate and just practice their public speaking skills and then I also volunteered for a year and a half at which helps two distinct eyes suicide and generate more awareness about suicide prevention and decreased suicide in my local community and then over the summer I interned at my state senators office and then I also took summer classes. the fourth topic is essays to apply to Harvard you have to write up to two and I say two because one of them is optional. the first one is required and it’s through the common app which is a website that almost all colleges use nowadays to read your application and. you have to fill in I’ll leave the link to the website down below but you have to fill in like your GPA your resume like all that good stuff SAT scores and then you have like essay prompts and you can already view the essay prompts even though the application doesn’t open until August first. I’ll leave them down below. you can read them.

Harvard also has a supplement most colleges have supplements which are essays that they want you to write. they list some prompts and you have to respond to them if you want to apply to that school Harvard supplement is actually optional it’s kind of phrase like if you feel like application doesn’t do your identity justice then feel free to answer one of these prompts I would a hundred percent recommend that you do it even though that it’s optional because I would take that opportunity to express something more about yourself that you think hasn’t been expressed in the application if they can have another opportunity to get to know you as a person you should 100% take advantage of that. for both of them the prompts like they have prompts to help you think but one of the problems is like write whatever you want it is hard though to write these essays because they’re like supposed to be about your identity and like personal statement about who you are as an individual but you know as a 17 or 18 year old you don’t know I already don’t know and I’m 20 years old and my parents probably don’t know either but there are a few tips I can give you to get started. tip number one is brainstorm write about something that really describes you as a person it can be something as small as like your grandma’s chicken on Sundays that she always makes for you like a family tradition that’s always a good topic something that shows who you are as an individual and also something that you can use as a metaphor to explain something bigger in life like a bigger life lesson might be cheesy but it is important also to help you brainstorm a really great thing to do is to read previous essays it doesn’t even have to be four of the Common App or the Harvard supplement just any sort of previous college essay the Crimson does publish a book I think every other year on 50 successful essays from Harvard and I’m in the most recent one my supplement is and you can just buy that online. I’ll leave a link down below you can find my essay but that’s always a really great way to get inspiration my last tip is just to write a lot of drafts like you can write multiple drafts about each subject that you come up with and don’t be afraid of that because your first draft is never gonna be the best one I promise you I’m once you finish writing edit and edit and ask everyone you know to read it over because someone else’s perspective will be. refreshing like they’ll have a fresh take on your essay and be able to give you feedback on something you might not have thought of before. I’m talking like your gym teacher your tutor your parents your friends your siblings anyone who you trust they’ll just give you something new to think about. for me for my essay for my comment app I wrote one on the prompt with something like name an event that changed you from a child to an adult something like that it’s a little different now but I wrote about a speech that I did in eighth grade where I was really shy and I was super nervous and then I kind of like drew inspiration for my own speech because it was about like little like little margins I can make it big difference in the world it’s called inches it’s based on any given Sunday um. I felt like I really learned a lot from that speech and I became a different person like I was much more outgoing after that and.

I wrote about that and I made it a metaphor for how that one speech was like the inch I needed to become Who I am today super corny but it worked you guys and then for the supplement I wrote about my love for the Latin language and classics I just felt like it was something I was super underappreciated and undervalued today and. I really wanted to share my thoughts on it and why I loved studying it for six years and it was a very unique topic I think because not a lot of kids take Latin and it’s like kind of a dying or dead language and. I talked I discussed that in my essay – I won’t go into too many details because you can read it in that book but that’s what I wrote about. definitely my topics were very personal and unique and I think that is really what you want in an essay you want something that’s very personal highlights who you are as individual and is unique and helps you stand out because the essay is really the only part of the entire application where you can really let your own voice come through because everything else is just like SAT scores grades whatever right and this is the only time we have the freedom to talk about whatever you want which is amazing. take advantage of that opportunity all right that’s all the advice I’ll be giving today if you like this video be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have any questions about Harvard the application process anything please leave them in the comments down below I always try to respond you guys thank you. much for watching and I’ll see you next time bye

The Stats You Need For Umich, Uc’S + More!

The Stats You Need For Umich, Uc'S + More!

hey guys. don’t mind my voice I’m a little bit sick right now but I wanted to still get this video out a lot of you guys have been asking over on my college decision video what my stats were to get into University of Michigan UCSD and I was also wait-listed at UCLA in Boston I am currently waiting on UCLA I will update you guys on what ends up happening with that but yeah. I’m just going to be basically telling you guys like my standardized test scores like a CT SAT AP test scores and my rank and GPA. that you guys can kind of get an idea of where you fall in those categories for these schools quick disclaimer though you don’t need these scores to get into those schools because there are plenty of other people who have totally different stats that get into these schools most applications if not all applications are you holistically. they’re not going to view your stats and say oh well they don’t have the right stats for this like they’re not going to get in they take a look at everything that you have to offer besides just your scores or your GPA or whatever. don’t get discouraged if your stats don’t look like mine or they’re better or worse a minor or whatever they don’t want everybody to be exactly the same anyways they weren’t a diverse class anyways let’s just get into my stats and yeah my unweighted GPA was I believe a 3.97 I don’t think I actually submitted an unweighted GPA anywhere like not even to you C’s I think they kind of have their own algorithm for that type of thing my weighted GPA was a 4.3 and I did submit that basically everywhere except for you C’s. what basically if you guys don’t know how that translates into grades I got all straight A’s except for 1b but it was in an honors class and that was my junior in honors chemistry. it technically at my school at least counted as an A because it was weighted. for my class rank I had a super super small class all extremely intelligent with GPAs like 4.0 and above my ranking was a 17 out of 81 when I apply for college I’m not sure if it’s still the same because a lot of people like dropped AP classes and stuff after the first semester or like right before some new year. I’m not sure got me what it is now but that is what it was when I applied to college 17 out of 81 which is top 20% I think I only took one AP test up until senior year this year I’m taking 4 AP tests but obviously when I applied to college I didn’t have those scores because I still haven’t even taken them yet but I put down the I was planning to take them I just haven’t received my scores yet but the only score I actually submitted was my AP Lang score and that was 84 but clearly like that shows that you don’t even have to take tons and tons and tons of APs obviously that’s not the biggest factor in your application. for my standardized testing which is what most of you guys asked about I took the PSAT which somebody wanted to know about. I will talk about my score for that. what do you know forgot to talk about my score that I’m a great youtuber okay I go on a 1250 on my PSAT not sure how grave predictor that is for what you’ll actually get on your AC’s here SAT but the people want to know. I’m giving the people what they want and I took the a CT I did not take the SAT but I will talk about how my a CT score converts in that scale and if you guys want to know how I prepped for that and figured out what test was better for me I could definitely do a video on that too because they test on some different things besides just having a smaller mass section or whatever like the math is different and that’s the way it’s formatted it’s kind of different my a CT I took twice I took it once in June before my senior year and once in September of my senior year the first time I took the a CT I got a 32 my English score was a 35 my Renu score was 836 my math score was a 24 and my science score was a – and then my writing score wasn’t eight. obviously my math section wasn’t super strong. that’s why I ended up retaking it hoping to get a better math score the second time I took it I got 33. my score went up by one point and I got the same reading in English scores a 28 in math 31 in science and a 7 in my writing. my math score went up a couple things went down by one point but not too significant and inverting this over to the SAT this converts to about a fourteen eighty on the 1600 scale. this is toward the top end of the average at University of Michigan and the two UCS I applied you something that I forgot to mention that I feel like it’s pretty important especially if you are a minority is how your standardized test may be viewed differently depending on your race. I will put a table right here. you guys can kind of see how it is if you’re mixed I’m not really sure how that translates like I’m Asian American and European. I’m not sure how it’s viewed because I am biracial um.

I’m not completely sure about that but this is just to give you kind of a general overlook of how it may go for you hopefully that’s helpful I saw this in a couple of different places including la time. I feel like this is pretty reliable information but again this may not even apply to all colleges this may just be a few colleges or whatever. yeah take it as you will but yeah if you guys want video on how I prepped for my standardized tests let me know and I will definitely make sure to get that out to you that is all my stats I hope that was helpful to you in some way but yeah don’t don’t compare yourself to me too much because there’s some really a wide range of people and wide range of scores and tons of people who have very different numbers let me know if you guys want some more college videos I’ll definitely be making more about like the classes I took extracurriculars that type of thing what my application look like essays ba ba ba ba ba but if there’s any other you guys want to know let me know and I’ll be sure to put that out and if you are not here for the college videos and you’re just like what the heck why is she making. many college videos don’t you worry I will make normal videos as well this is not gonna turn completely into a college channel just make sure to give this video a thumbs up if you liked it or it was helpful to you subscribe and you want to comment you should comment and also my social media is in the top bar on my channel if you guys want to follow it I took it out of the down bar because it just took a lot of room but if you go to my channel it’s in the About section. yeah I love you guys bye