How to make the most of your summer

Recorded Friday, May 28 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Summer is coming. With it, the spectre of college apps grows closer, even if they feel more distant. But don’t worry if you don't have any plans yet — in this stream, Elias will walk you through several ideas for making the most of your summer experience.

Elias will cover everything from selective internships to local internship opportunities, so you can craft a fun and productive summer, no matter what year you are. Stop by for some quick advice or stick around the whole time to learn how you can craft a summer schedule that rivals those kids with the platypus.

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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 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.
23:24@loai:summer jobs
31:49@Cici:How should I get the most out of a job shadowing?
32:50@SiriusApollo:hi again :)
32:55@rudderm:what if your in foster care..?
33:22@SiriusApollo:if we code our personal or other websites over the summer, where will we list that on the college apps?
33:59@loai:senior norheasst high school
34:02@loai:jevs human services communlity
34:17@Chioma.:Can you put the camps you mentioned in the chat? I would like to check them out. Or maybe just say it again.
36:53@Cali:Can you list this out?
37:09@Cali:how do I get the blog post?
39:10@elena:Practically all of the programs listed on the blog post have passed their period of application for the summer. Tips on finding ones you can still apply for?
41:04@...h..:how about for a future med student future doctors?
41:59@maii:what if you're an international student and cant attend these? also what do you think would be attractive on a resume if you want psychology as your major?
44:13@ManavThakkar:would opening a club be good for your application?
44:39@maii:what would be attractive for psychology?
44:47@Chioma.:Can you put the camps you mentioned in the chat? I would like to check them out. Or maybe just say it again.
44:56@elena:What are some tips on maximizing your junior to senior year summer w/o looking like you're simply cramming in things for college apps?
46:24@Chioma.:People interested in Psychology could try helping at help hotlines/suicide hotlines or something like that? I think so.
47:05@Ayush:what might be some self-driven projects?
51:43@Chioma.:How can I publish a research paper? I don't know how it's done.
52:41@maii:can attending the GWC camp be benefitting even if we aren't going for a CS major?
53:44@maii:its the girls who code summer camp
57:02@Cali:Hope to one day play my competitive piano at Vienna I have been to Brussels
58:19@Ayush:Hope you have a great concert!


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