Finding your spike with Elias

Recorded Thursday, May 27 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


We’re back with another episode where Elias finds your spike! If you’ve heard Elias's signature catchphrase “spiky beats renaissance,” and been completely baffled as to what that means, then join Elias as he walks you through CollegeVine's best advice on approaching extracurriculars (so your "spike" can beat someone else's "renaissance").

Elias will give you a rundown on how to cultivate a strong narrative through your extracurriculars, and administer plenty of tips and tricks you'll need in order to find your spike and make your profile stand out to admissions officers.

Elias’s advice is like a box of chocolates — a tasteful assortment of welcome surprises. So don't miss out on this opportunity and come prepared to drop all your admissions-related questions in the chat, and learn how you can be the spikiest candidate of them all.

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.
17:59@peachlover20:Numismatics :D
18:11@SiriusApollo:lol u just finished and i just got here
18:39@peachlover20:Hey! I have a few extracurriculars but they're kind of all over the place (i.e. playing instruments, coding, environmental advocacy, learning languages, community service). I've engaged a lot in high school but I wouldn't say I have a spike in particular, and I'm a rising senior so I don't really have the possibility to create a spike anymore. Is there still a way I can make my application memorable? Can curiosity and a love for learning be a possible theme?
23:15@emilymo:I remember you saying that a youtube channel could be a spike if you have many viewers/subscribers. Currently, I have a youtube channel about my daily life and I'm working on getting an audience. Will this help with my theme of Law?
24:52@emilymo:ohoh like currently all my extracurriculurs are some how linked to law
25:54@emilymo:yeah :)
25:57@emilymo:(I do other activities like mock trial and speech and debate but vlogging on youtube I just something I like to do)
26:23@emilymo:cool! thanks :)
29:37@emilymo:my youtube channel is "emily mo" but it's kind of bad right now ;) (I'm working on it!)
29:43@SiriusApollo:what is the youtube channel
30:25@SiriusApollo:i mean for collegevine youtube channel lol
31:16@SiriusApollo:LOL thanks
31:49@peachlover20:I'll subcribe to both lol ;)
34:08@SiriusApollo:i just subscribed!
34:22@SiriusApollo:yea i think that's exactly the situation lol i think u guys should do some activities not-so-related to college
36:13@peachlover20:For me I just finished my APs so my main focus right now is college
36:34@SiriusApollo:like high school subjects or internships or other fun activities ;)
38:15@SiriusApollo:is it just me or is elias lagging
39:46@peachlover20:I love all the TikToks btw!! That's how I found you guys :D


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