Pathways in Computer Science: Elias Interviews a CS PhD Student

Recorded Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream

School information

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Join Elias as he interviews MeiXing Dong, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. MeiXing is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and has worked in software engineering, development, and research at Google and Amazon.

We'll be discussing MeiXing's path as an undergraduate computer science major and her work, internships, and graduate studies in the field since then. We'll do some live Q&A as well, so come ready with all your CS-related questions!

School information

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
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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.
38:08@Ruthvik1246:Can someone tell me what cold-emailing means?
39:31@Ruthvik1246:Ohhh thank you
41:14@Ruthvik1246:What computer language is her specialty?
42:21@anonymous:is computer science all about programming, or is there a hardware component associated--or does that go into engineering?
43:54@the1:Can you describe your thought process while creating your first program?
44:46@the1:As CS major how often does the "first principle thinking" come up?
47:06@anonymous:Is it hard to double major in music performance and computer science?
51:31@anonymous:For CS which school is more prestigious you think ? RPI, RIT and SUNY Stonybrook ?
51:52@anonymous:Thank you!
52:20@DJ1:How hard exactly is Computer Science? What schools would you recommend for Computer Science? Lastly, what are some courses you should take in high school to prepare for this?
55:09@the1:does working for these big companies allow for you to pursue your own projects on the side?


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