Open Advising Hours with Elias

Recorded Monday, February 1 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Back by popular demand, 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.
6:57@anonymous:Is it worthwhile to do the ACT essay?
7:14@anonymous:for the whole college app process, can you break down what you submit? explaining more upon specifically supplemental essays, common app?
13:06@mimi:Does Harvard have interview?
13:41@mimi:Does University of Michigan have interview?
14:05@anonymous:Hi! When you guys doing for N. Western?
14:33@anonymous:how do we start to get scholarships, any tips on it?
19:54@sidney:Why is NYU so bad with financial aid?
20:49@Sodetou:does Harvard give interviews to all its applicants?
21:25@sidney:Is PS more important than supplemental essays?
21:57@ashleyb03:How do we know how much we have to pay to enroll to the college, if we don't fill out the FAFSA?
23:44@sidney:How many colleges did you apply for?
23:48@ashleyb03:Thank you, Elias! :)
26:25@stemcurious:Any recommendations for taking College level online courses in biology and chemistry beyond what is offered typically in high schools and that admissions officers care about? I am hearing that admissions officers don't care much for Coursera and EdX courses.
27:40@sidney:Most outstanding kid you´ve met at Harvard?
29:19@sidney:Have you ever met a billionaire´s kid? lol
30:04@Sodetou:how many colleges do you recommend applying to?
30:11@anonymous:is it possible when selecting the major of when applying to a certain school to double major?
31:28@stemcurious:Any recommendations for taking College level online courses in biology and chemistry beyond what is offered typically in high schools and that admissions officers care about? I am hearing that admissions officers don't care much for Coursera and EdX courses.
31:33@anonymous:have you done any research in high school? I hear so many people say "I've done research with this professor as a high schooler" or "I did a free intern over the summer." What exactly does this "research" and "intern" as a high schooler do? Like what level of extent, or what do you do when getting these positions?
34:49@anonymous:Hi! Elias, are going to do any advising on Computer Science?
35:37@anonymous:I've heard that AP classes can be expensive; so enrolling in a community college and getting that credit can be better? Also not for only AP, but also this regarding summer classes.
37:30@Sodetou:95 dollars
38:39@Sodetou:is it harder to do a double major?
41:29@mimi:Can you talk about wait listed? How late can it be for top 20 universities? Any advice for boosting the chances?
45:28@tinsae:do you think dual enrollment is better than AP?
45:37@anonymous:N Eastern has wait list (deferred a lot of students). Why
47:32@anonymous:What is the benefit of getting double major in Computer Science & Physics?
48:53@anonymous:Also this year, no one is in AO office, everyone is working virtual; so when we call AO, it is the front desk pick up the call. would u still recommend calling if on the defer list?
49:31@sidney:Can I take business classes while studying economics at Harvard?
50:57@anonymous:to show demonstrated interest, 1) should the student show interest multiple times.
51:58@sidney:Do you like the weather at Cambridge?
54:39@sidney:Is it possible to network with AO before applying?
54:59@sidney:Is it common for students to travel on weekends?
56:36@Sodetou:how hard is it to get into the Harvard summer school?
56:47@sidney:How can I stand out my environmental and business spike?
57:44@sidney:What is the stereotype for students at Penn? lol
58:34@anonymous:Elias are high school relationships worth it?
59:16@sidney:College Vine you have no idea of how you help meeeeee


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