Writer's Workshop with Elias

Recorded Sunday, March 28 at 06:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias Miller for another installment of CollegeVine’s Writing Workshop!

During this event (designed specifically for current high school students), Elias will select a few pieces of writing submitted by the audience to review LIVE on air. Any type of writing is welcome in the Writing Workshop — college and scholarship essays, papers for class, articles for your school’s newspaper, or even personal projects of your own. For each piece, Elias will walk through what you’ve written, paying particular attention to any special review requests, and offer suggestions for improvement.

To submit your writing for the workshop, please use this form.


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 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.
2:18@anonymous:I can hear you now
33:04@sandy12398:Hi I’m the person who wrote this essay lol, the essay was separated into 4 paragraphs but for some reason the format was lost when I submitted it for this
33:06@sandy12398:Yeah using my name is fine :)
42:53@sandy12398:Oh wow, this is really helpful because I’m realizing how I wrote this as if the reader already knows me/understands what I mean
43:44@sandy12398:This was so helpful!! Having someone else read it really helped me see how I was kind of all over the place and expected the reader to just understand what I meant.
44:51@sandy12398:As far as the specific issues, I felt like I was being too careful about not getting “controversial”
64:24@adaviolet:I just submitted an essay for review in the form linked below. For context, I wrote the essay for the Johns Hopkins annual program developing the next generation of leaders in global health, public health, and medicine summer program. I started my application very soon before the deadline, so it is not something I am extremely proud of.
64:26@adaviolet:Amazing thank you so much!
64:29@adaviolet:I dont mind!


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