Open Advising Hours with Elias

Recorded Friday, January 1 at 08:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias Miller for a special edition of open advising hours! Elias will be available to answer any and all questions that you have about the college admissions process as we enter the final week of the year.

If, however, you're taking a day off from college applications (you deserve it!), you can also stop by to ask Elias questions about music, the college experience, or life in general!

Your host

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 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.
5:54@bluediamond101:What's the best way to get essay help besides your parents? One of my essays is about my sexuality but my parents aren't very accepting.
10:09@Songx-Production:Hello! I'm a high school junior and this is my first time joining a CollegeVine Livestream. I have no idea where start with starting the college application process.
16:47@jonat_samey:I am a sophomore and I am wondering when should I take the SAT or ACT and when should I start studying
20:59@Songx-Production:Is the Spanish SAT an SAT II exam?
22:50@ABPB:What is a good score in English Literature SAT II subject test?
23:50@anonymous:Hello. Happy New Year! What do you think is a good number of schools to apply to?
25:46@anonymous:Yes, I am. Hi again!
26:06@anonymous:Did hear you say or did I understand that if you take it early during your junior year it isn't taken into account when you are a senior filling out the applications?
27:09@Elizzy4321:Fun!!! :D
27:21@anonymous:That's great!
27:23@anonymous:How to make your "Why this school" essay pop out? Is it better to have more points or a few?
31:32@jonat_samey:I think there are two Jonathan's, I have 2 sisters and I also came to a ton of your streams
31:51@anonymous:I was at your Georgetown student panel a while ago
32:32@JennyWu:Any suggestions for how to choose the UChicago prompts for the current application season?
35:17@Elizzy4321:What SAT do you suggest we take if you want to major in any of the sciences? Should I take literature if I want to major in bio or engineering?
37:15@anonymous:Typically what will an entry essay be about?
40:12@jonat_samey:Can you send a essay to more than one school?
41:42@anonymous:How about Vassar? Any suggestions to write on the supplement essay for the current application?
42:05@jonat_samey:What would be the best major for a want to be med student?
43:57@anonymous:The supplement essay prompt: "Why Vassar?" (300 words)
45:01@BirbJay:Does College Vine also review essays for other college programs (like summer programs)?
46:32@bluediamond101:I'm a senior and have already submitted many essays. What's the best thing to do between now and decision dates?
47:27@anonymous:What college or university, based on your opinion, is overlooked or under estimated?( Liberal Arts, Computer Science, Political Science)
49:18@BirbJay:And Emory in Atlanta is often overlooked
50:55@Skruby: I am a senior in the last days of my applications, I am applying to Pomona and Swarthmore,Bowdoin as a non athlete. My SAT's were 1560 etc, 4.0 etc but this year it seems it is all about overcoming something. How do you separate yourself from the crowd when you are just a very engaged ( student body, MUN) etc. white male this year when there aren't test scores, in some cases people submitting without grades, I have all those but doesn't seem to matter
54:26@Spartikurt:amen anonymous.
54:35@Spartikurt:I am thinking of applying to Johns Hopkins ED2 but I have never been there and would be applying only because of reputation. Is that a bad idea? I don't really have any top schools otherwise that I am tied to.
56:52@Elizzy4321:Yh. Do you have better chances of getting into JHU if you apply to ED1 than ED2?
59:16@BirbJay:Anyone here intrested in JHU because of Ben Carson ?
59:52@bluediamond101:Ivy Leagues are hard to get into, so maybe look at easier colleges to get into with honors colleges?
61:27@BirbJay:He went to yale for undergrad
61:49@Elizzy4321:When asked why Hopkins, should you be specific with where you would like to study. For example Whiting School of Engineering?
62:01@BirbJay:How do you cope with rejection from schools?
63:47@BirbJay:Thanks for that :D
63:50@anonymous:Does applying early action get you better scholarships? Does applying regular decision affect your chances of getting a better scholarship compared to someone applying early action?
65:48@anonymous:Is that why applications have increased in number? Optional test policy?
67:16@BirbJay:Is it a good idea to apply to community college and associates programs as well as 4-year universities?
69:29@BirbJay:Could you talk about what it was like to study music at Harvard?
75:44@anonymous:Are all IVY schools applications due on Jan 1st?
75:53@anonymous:What are some last minute things I should do before I submit my apps?
76:31@JennyWu:Nope, Yale for example is due January 2 and Penn January 4
77:25@anonymous:Thank you Jenny!
77:27@bluediamond101:Brown is Jan 5
77:42@Elizzy4321:What did you do when you figured?
78:12@Elizzy4321:This is cool!!!!
78:19@anonymous:This format is great thanks!
78:47@SiriusApollo:Yea it was really fun. My first live on College Vine! Thank you so much!
79:27@anonymous:This was great
79:32@kmoniz:can counslers turn in recommendations later than college deadline?
79:59@SiriusApollo:Yea I was just watching a recording and it was more boring than this lol
80:12@BirbJay:I have a question about opera music study for a family member living internationally. He's intrested in applying to US music schools from Mexico. I'm trying to help him find resources. Also, great stream! Thanks a lot! :)
82:05@BirbJay:He teaches private lessons in his small town and a great singer when it comes to Italian opera
82:14@SiriusApollo:Nope I was watching college fair for princeton university lololol
86:05@SiriusApollo:At first, I thought harvard was more of a political major school but now that your here, I want to ask which major Harvard is best for?
88:03@anonymous:Are you doing any more How to get into........?
89:31@BirbJay:Thanks! I'll be sure to share this stream with him
91:01@BirbJay:Freshman over here lol
91:23@SiriusApollo:very busy junior here lol
92:15@SiriusApollo:i didnt register beforehand tho. i just jumped in
92:49@Elizzy4321:I wish I got all this advice freshman year.
94:01@anonymous:same here
94:39@SiriusApollo:are there gonna be live for specifically writing essays for college apps?
96:52@BirbJay:Applying to schools: the next new expensive hobby lol
97:44@anonymous:I've been signing up for webinars for my younger sisters as well. I also have two sisters.
97:58@Elizzy4321:Collegevine is amazing
99:17@SiriusApollo:agree. i love college vine. wish i knew this web earlier
99:42@anonymous:Thank you again


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