AP week pep talk with Elias

Recorded Thursday, April 29 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Are you excited for AP week? Well, probably not, but maybe you should! Though we understand that the coming AP tests can instill a dizzying range of emotions — such as fear, anxiety, and even sadness — Elias is here to help you get motivated for your upcoming tests. He’ll be sharing tips and tricks on how you can best study, plan for the night before, and recount some of his own experiences with APs to help provide some perspective.

Come prepared with questions or just hang out while Elias motivates you for your upcoming AP exams!

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.
0:18@JO:The meeting is on?
15:00@jingliusc:How many AP tests should I take before Senior to become competitive for IVY League?
17:21@TK:How imp is taking AP World History? What majors need AP world history?
20:17@Abigail:Any tips for fitting in time to study for the AP exams if you have a larger load of homework?
32:37@jingliusc:My high school does not allow any AP courses in 9th grade. We can only take limited AP courses at 10th grade, and AP Science courses at 11th grade. We can only take 60 credits each year (6 courses including PE). Does that make me less competitive for IVY league comparing to students in other schools?
33:56@jingliusc:THe first one
35:31@ariyasavla:I am in a dual enrollment program, so I take 4 classes at my high school and 4 at a community college. I only take 1 AP and 1 honors class at my high school. How would colleges view taking less APs due to the the fact that I am dual enrolled?
41:22@jingliusc:Must I take AP test for every AP course I take? Can I just take the AP course without taking the AP test? Does that make me less competitive?
42:21@jingliusc:Do you mean 8-12 AP classes or AP tests to be compeitive for Ivy League?
47:24@yinn:yesss boycott AP testing!
52:53@ariyasavla:calc ab!
53:05@adaviolet:psych and ap lang hehe
53:26@rbatist: ap lit and apush:)
54:41@LR:AP Gov and AP Comp Sci Principles
56:37@Abigail:thank you so much Elias!
56:49@rbatist:thank you!!
56:59@LR:I did! Thank you!
57:29@adaviolet:I did too!


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