Tufts University Student Panel
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About this livestream
Ask current Tufts students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!
Meet the panelists: Leah, Hector, Kiran, Helen
Leah is a junior currently studying at Tufts University's School of Engineering. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is heavily engaged in the Residential Life community, serving as a Resident Assistant, and also volunteers through the Leonard Carmichael Society. She also does research on novel diabetes treatment through Tufts' Department of Chemical Engineering.
Hector is a senior from Long Island, New York in the School of Arts of Sciences at Tufts University. He is pursuing a Bachelor's in Biopsychology with an interest in neurobiology and behavior. Hector is an undergraduate researcher in Klaus Miczek's lab where he helps studying the neurobiology of aggression. He also works in Professor Ayanna Thomas's Cognitive Aging and Memory lab. He is also a dedicated member of TUSC film series, and a supervisor at the school's fundraising center. When not in school, Hector is also a member of his local fire department as a firefighter and an EMT. He enjoys spending time relaxing with his family and friends.
Kiran is a sophomore from Palo Alto in the school of Arts & Sciences. He is pursuing a B.A in Computer Science and is an active member of the Tufts CS community as a Teaching Assistant . Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, is on the Tufts Cricket team and likes spending time with his friends.
Helen is a junior from Berkeley, California studying International Relations with a concentration in global health, along with minors in Economics and English. On campus, she has held roles as a Resident Assistant, a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, a writer and editor for the Tufts Daily, and as a volunteer in the service groups Tufts Food Rescue and Animal Aid. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching comedies, and trying new foods.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '16
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.
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