Open Advising Hours with Elias

Recorded Monday, January 18 at 10:30 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, the college experience, Harvard, Tufts, NEC, the University of Michigan, music, conducting, life, the universe and everything

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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 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.
6:45@KSR:Live Profile Reviews would be nice!
7:31@anonymous:Hi Elias, I know CollegeVine's clients tend to focus on NE/Elite schools, etc. However, I am seeking some feedback on social life/culture/feedback at several schools I have not seen a great deal about at CV - in particular Elon, SMU, TCU, LMU (CA), Cal Poly SLO and Santa Clara. I am looking for info beyond stats, etc. THANKS!!
8:48@anonymous:Loyola Marymount
11:24@anonymous:Yes, thanks - saw Santa Clara
11:26@anonymous:Saw UVM
12:32@anonymous:It was today
13:41@stemcurious:How can we reach you offline for any questions?
16:57@goldenretriever1:For essays r we supposed to talk about extracurricular activities. My counselor said not to repeat what's o resume
18:35@goldenretriever1:Do essay topics change year over year
21:48@goldenretriever1:I'm a junior. Need advice on essays!!!! Do essay topics change
23:04@KSR:What type of extracurriculars could I do during COVID-19 if I’m looking to apply as an Econ major to Princeton or Yale?
26:08@anonymous0101011:when to ask for teacher recs?
27:18@anonymous0101011:Isnt asking junior spring too early?
28:12@KSR:Will having no awards from competitions affect my application in general?
29:59@anonymous:Besides Niche, is there any good resource to view students feedback/info on life at "X" college???
30:47@Tatiana_NB:Can you ask a sophomore teacher for recs?
32:20@anonymous:how do you figure out the best college for you
39:20@goldenretriever1:How many Harvard wailist
40:17@anonymous0101011:By how much does ED REALLY help?
41:09@anonymous0101011:why will ED go up??
41:34@anonymous0101011:Do you mean 2021-2022 application center?
41:37@anonymous0101011:A harvard waitlist is an accomplishment honestly
42:27@anonymous0101011:Is it too late to stand out as a Junior?
42:40@anonymous0101011:can you explain why ED will be easier this year? sorry my internet cut out :(
43:18@anonymous:How much do the essays matter in the admissions process?
44:36@goldenretriever1:ED is for ppl who don't apply for financial aid right
44:46@anonymous0101011:Why will ED boost our chances even more? Wont more people apply bc schools may go test optional?
47:36@anonymous0101011:best type of schools that give good fin. aid?
48:36@goldenretriever1: No Ivies offer merit based???
49:15@anonymous0101011:Can you apply to an Ivy ED and UT priority deadline
49:37@goldenretriever1:Where to see collegevine blogs
49:51@anonymous0101011:You said ED acceptance rate will go higher, but Penn for example accepted low ppl this year
50:54@anonymous0101011:Be honest.... how disadvantaged are asians in the admissions process. Im hesitant to apply to t20 schools, as i may be wasting my time :(
51:58@goldenretriever1:How many REA schools???
52:23@stemcurious:Does it matter if the community service/volunteering activities that we take up don't have a big/huge impact...but are very meaningful to us. For example working one-one with a student from underserved public school
53:41@anonymous0101011:what do you think of the harvard admissions scandal
54:53@anonymous0101011:Asian Admissions Harvard scandal
61:32@goldenretriever1:Is U. Michigan a good school
61:43@anonymous0101011:If I am an econ major will only 2 business ECs hurt me?
62:02@anonymous0101011:It sucks that the asian category is so broad... it includes everyone from pacific islanders, etc
63:31@anonymous0101011:I KNOW. They're grouping everyone into the same asian pile :(
64:31@goldenretriever1:Pls can u talk about how to get into MIT. My dream school
65:20@goldenretriever1:R we gonna be test optional next year
65:56@anonymous0101011:Does submitting the application earlier mean the application will get read earlier? Maybe theyll see my application before other good ones?
66:43@KSR:Will taking only two years of a language (Spanish, French, Latin, etc) negatively affect my application at Ivies?
68:35@anonymous0101011:How to stand out as an asian? How can I not be "stem oriented and boring"
69:35@stemcurious:Any tips for college interviews?
70:16@goldenretriever1:My school has a program which I'm enrolled in prevents me from taking many APs. My peers take a ton. Shall I tell my counselors to explain in the rec
70:47@anonymous0101011:do you think Ivys will go test blind? Should I still take the SAT?
71:29@goldenretriever1:Is a 3.96 gpa A or A-
71:49@anonymous0101011:what if we don't disclose our race on the common app, bc asians are disadvantageous
72:22@Tatiana_NB:What was your favorite activity at Harvard?
74:32@anonymous0101011:so then does applying ED not help asians?
74:47@anonymous0101011:how important are subject tests now?
75:49@envyy:Is a 1510 a good SAT score to get into Ivys?
76:30@goldenretriever1:I sing opera that's my passion!!! Which competition shall I enter? Is american protege a ligit competition
78:01@stemcurious:How many APs do you recommend by end of junior year for highly selective?
78:48@goldenretriever1:Is Caltech like MIT in terms of admission criteria
78:53@anonymous0101011:are summer programs worth it? they're SUPER expensive
79:54@anonymous0101011:if an asian is applying from montana are they at the same disadvantage as someone applying from Texas
81:02@anonymous0101011:do college courses at ( during junior and senior yr) accredited university > AP classes?
81:35@anonymous0101011:Im going to move to Montana real quick
81:53@goldenretriever1:Where did your private equity friend go to scool
83:02@anonymous0101011:Should you give them everything when you ask them? Like resumes, etc? or should you wait off? I doubt they'll write it before the summer...
83:28@anonymous0101011:about the the accredited university courses, what if they do go on the transcript
83:42@goldenretriever1:I am applying for summer stuff. One requirement is that 1 math teacher. He has not gotten back to me So I cannot put his email down right
85:25@anonymous0101011:when should we start to fill out common app?
86:09@anonymous0101011:any good college organization spreadsheets?
86:14@anonymous0101011:rapid q&a!!!
86:35@anonymous:any advice for community college students?
90:15@anonymous:did u attend a csu or uc?
91:03@anonymous:what are some other advice for students who are community college students?
92:10@anonymous0101011:why didnt you go to columbia for first yr?
92:16@anonymous0101011:why didnt you go to columbia
93:57@goldenretriever1:Is music a popular major
94:07@anonymous0101011:did you have help when u were applying first yr
94:47@anonymous0101011:when do we have to confirm an ED decision
94:57@anonymous0101011:isnt jilliard the best music school... why didnt you apply
96:17@goldenretriever1:What's the best voice program
96:43@anonymous0101011:best school for dance major?
96:52@anonymous0101011:how competitive is penn wharton for undergrad? thats my dream... how can i stand out?
97:00@anonymous0101011:are you a music teacher
97:16@anonymous:advice for those trying to figure out their major and career? How do I determine it?


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