Open advising hours with Elias

Recorded Thursday, May 20 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias Miller for another edition of his famed open advising hours! Elias will be available to answer any and all questions that you have about the college admissions process, the college experience, Harvard, Tufts, NEC, the University of Michigan, music, conducting, life, the universe, and everything. Stay tuned for some possible guest appearances as well! You never know when Shane or Priya might drop in.

We're also offering a form where you can pre-submit your questions to Elias, which you can access here.

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.
7:50@Anonymous8:What extracurriculars could I take to get into a top college?
7:58@Anonymous8:I meant do
14:43@Anonymous8:What could be a spike for CS?
15:22@Anonymous8:I made a website that teaches CS is it a good start to a spike?
15:29@Anonymous8:on weebly
16:31@Anonymous8:Yeah sure!
16:33@Anonymous8:It doesn't have much content yet
18:08@Anonymous8:I also want to get into the Varsity team for track and field.
20:46@Anonymous8:Yeah Thanks!
21:43@Anonymous8:How can you write about your theme in an essay?
24:01@AngieXOXO:Is it just me or is sound not working
24:30@Anonymous8:Yeah its working
24:37@AngieXOXO:Thanks it works
25:57@Anonymous8:How good is Harvard for CS?
27:16@Anonymous8:Bye Have a great day!


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