Tufts University Student Panel

Recorded Saturday, September 26 at 08:00 PM

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School information

Tufts University

Medford, MA

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.

School information

Tufts University

Medford, MA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

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.

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 Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
21:52@anonymous:Helen, could you elaborate more on the Intl Rel program at Tufts?
22:28@anonymous:Hi Leah, what's it like being a chem/bio engineer
23:56@samueljasperdavid:largest class size?
33:45@anonymous:How is the dining plan and food?
35:22@samueljasperdavid:Food at dorm after 10 PM?
40:11@anonymous:What is the study abroad process like? Are there a lot of options?
43:58@anonymous:Do many students participate in club sports such as soccer or basketball?
44:04@anonymous:Are there many or any intramural sports?
44:24@anonymous:How safe do you feel in the surrounding area of campus exercising or getting fresh air?
45:10@anonymous:Do you guys get enought sleep with rigourous classes?
45:17@anonymous:How is the workload? Is it manageable?
45:19@anonymous:How is the workload every night? About how long do you spend on homework?
46:50@hjadyn:What is the main form of transportation around campus and that general location?
48:16@anonymous:Does Tufts emphasize Liberal Arts education or Research?
49:25@anonymous:Was it easy building relationships with other students, especially during your first year?

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