Finding your spike with Elias

Recorded Friday, June 25 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' 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 the marshmallows in Lucky Charms - rare but extremeley valuable. 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.
17:02@Desperado:i'm only getting the welcome will begin shortly page
17:04@Desperado:I have refreshed
17:07@lctara:m having trouble viewing this live stream?
17:09@Desperado:How do I get access to the livestream? I registered, am here from the registration link sent to me by CV, but only see the "...will begin shortly." page
17:21@Ayush:It's okay.
22:48@lctara:What is the difference between a spike and a passion?
24:52@Subi:For international students what would be the best approach?
28:09@Ayush:What might be some competitions for CS?
29:13@lctara:What could be a theme that connects psychology, sociology, writing (fiction and non-fiction); major EC is on holding discussions with teens on philosophy questions. These are created on you-tube.
32:02@Subi:Hi! Nice to meet you to! My name is Raquelle and I'm from Kenya. We have very limited co-curricula because our system is more grades based sadly but hopefully what I did will be ok! Thank you so much for answering my question. I appreciate it!
33:51@lctara:Thank you!
33:55@Ayush:I think there isn't a blog post for CS competitions, I might be wrong.
40:19@Ayush:Were you good in chemistry?
43:31@Subi:unrelated to co-curricula, would it be advisable to take SATS/ACTS eventhough they are test optional?
45:53@lctara:Very helpful and thank you- spot on!
46:18@Ayush:What if you did nothing in your freshman year for ECs because of covid?
48:15@jacobsy07:I saw in your admission story that you initially were interested in pursuing a double degree. I was wondering what are some pros and cons of doing a double degree? I also have similar interests such as music and stem and would love to know more!
57:19@Ayush:Thank you
57:21@Ayush:Happy Birthday to your mother!
57:24@jacobsy07:Thank you!
59:04@Ayush:How do fee waivers work for admissions?
61:26@Subi:Happy Birthday to your mum!
61:34@jacobsy07:As an incoming senior, I've been starting my common app. I was wondering if you had any tips in writing a great common app essay? What do college admission officers look for specifically? I know you are running out of a time, but a few tips would help!
64:35@Ayush:Thanks, I was just curious.


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