Elias: My admissions story

Recorded Friday, April 23 at 09:00 PM

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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.

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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 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.
3:15@Miguel_Angel:Already signed ;)
13:51@Ayush:Great turn of events
22:06@Miguel_Angel:Can you play a little bit right now? u_u
22:39@Miguel_Angel:I'm really sorry :(
32:37@Miguel_Angel:If you didn't get into Harvard, how come you're in it?
32:41@Ayush:How was tufts?
51:37@Ayush:Its ok.
57:09@Miguel_Angel:I'm leaving because there's another stream in 1 minute. Thank you so much for the stream!
57:14@Miguel_Angel:Good luck in everything :)
59:40@Ayush:How did you get interested in music?
62:39@Ayush:Bye, Have a great day!


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