Decision support: how to pick a school
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About this livestream
We get it — you’ve got options. And with May 1 right around the corner, the time has come to decide where you truly want to go. So, join CollgeVine’s in-house decision-making expert Elias Miller this Friday for guidance on how to make one of the most important decisions of your life.
Elias will be going through the various factors you should consider when making your final matriculation decisions, from the location, environment, prestige, and cost of whatever schools you've been accepted into. He'll also be sharing some of his personal experience as both a first-year and then transfer applicant — so make sure not to miss this special stream before it's too late.
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.