Elias: My admissions story
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About this livestream
You’ve probably been wondering: how did Elias do his undergrad at both Tufts and Harvard? Well, wonder no more! Join Elias this week as he walks you through his admissions story: where he applied, his accomplishments in high school, and which strategies worked for him. Elias will be covering everything relevant to his college story, from his conservatory auditions to his Ivy League acceptances.
We hope Elias’s experiences will help you be able to view your ongoing admissions story through a broader lens and discover things about the admissions process that you might not have realized until much later. Stop by to ask questions or stick around the whole time to get a better sense of what Elias’s admissions story looks like.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
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.