How to succeed in college with Elias

Recorded Thursday, April 15 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Everyone’s always worried about how to get into college — but how do you do well once you're actually there? Stop by to get some advice from host Elias, who has been to three so far (and counting!)

Elias will give you his best advice for collegiate success, covering everything from study habits to networking and work-life balance. You can also interact with him in the chat to get personalized advice based on your individual preferences.

Elias’ advice is like a Sour Patch kid: it’s sweet and sour, comes in many flavors, and is never a boring experience. So stop by ask a few questions or stay for the whole session for a tasteful guide to succeeding in higher education.

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.
16:36@Parent24:How to choose the right Fit for you? What are the criteria you suggest we look at before applying to a random list of colleges??
16:40@R9:How can starting a band your freshman year and continue playing throughout highscho help you in the college admissions program?
20:57@anonymous:How do you suggest balancing school work and extracurriculars with social life?
39:58@Justthere:It’s bright eyed and bushy tailed, you got it right :D
40:41@Parent24:Love your major
41:42@User812:Balance everything
46:42@Parent24:What is a TA? Sorry but not sure here...
49:48@Parent24:So do the professors actually not contact directly the students?
55:01@Parent24:Great livestream Elias!!!!
55:35@Parent24:This is my concern regarding my son: music x engineering... it’s difficult as a parent not to think ahead about money... tough...
61:33@Parent24:Full of energy
61:34@Parent24:You’re very inspiring
61:57@Parent24:And relevant messages
61:59@anonymous:If you are studying an arts/humanities major at a prestigious top school, wouldn't you still have to pay a lot of money (especially if it's a private school)? Or would the prestige of your school compensate for it and make it easier to find jobs?
67:48@Parent24:Did you get a full scholarship?


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