College Applications: what we wish we knew with Elias and Moriah

Recorded Thursday, July 8 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


We applied to college and made all the mistakes so that you don’t have to! Join Elias and Moriah (and maybe some surprise special guests) for a fun and open conversation about what to do -- and NOT to do -- when applying to college.

Elias and Moriah will be taking questions from the audience, so come prepared with all of your inquiries about the admissions questions. There are no bad questions, so don’t miss this chance to get great advice from our CollegeVine experts!

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.
1:35@cubershz:Did the meeting start yet?
1:44@goldenretriever1:Welcome back!!!
2:49@cubershz:Isn't MIT really close to Harvard?
3:21@mirellarichard:Good to see you again!! Welcome back :)
4:25@goldenretriever1:New haircut?
8:47@goldenretriever1:I c u both now
16:11@goldenretriever1:Moriah did you apply Cornell RD??
16:23@goldenretriever1:Elias did you apply Yale at all
16:33@Busybee:Was it hard to show demonstrated interest for that many schools? How did you learn about each one?
22:25@goldenretriever1:Elias did you apply H REA
38:37@cubershz:I'm still trying to build my college list, and I'm looking for safeties—are safeties typically in state schools? I'm looking for not only a higher acceptance rate but lower financial cost.
41:17@mirellarichard:When is the best time to start the essays?
41:38@goldenretriever1:Moriah r a lot of your classmates in econ/finance majors in investment banking
43:20@SS55:What is considered a high acceptance rate?
45:04@goldenretriever1:Elias did you use common app?
45:41@goldenretriever1:Elias r you a professional musician now? moriah what did you apply as major
48:25@goldenretriever1:Elias is your brother a musician as well?
50:14@Jordan8171:What is the weather like in colleges in Boston?
53:54@Collegeplan:Do universities see how many you apply to on common app? Can they see all the schools ?
54:24@goldenretriever1:Elias did you get 5 in all your APs? Do you think AP scores will make or break an applicant
55:02@Jordan8171:I plan to apply early action to all my colleges, which is by November 1 or December for some schools. Do you think it is smart to do this or should I apply regular decision to some?
74:03@kitchvillage:with how expensive private schools are, and don't wouldn't receive merit nor financial aid, how can someone justify the cost of private uni's...
76:16@Busybee:How do I figure out which schools to submit my SAT to if it's on the lower end of some of their percentiles? Is it still helpful or better not to submit?
78:24@kitchvillage:how do you feel about applying "undeclared" for fairly competitive but not crazy competitive schools?
80:50@cubershz:does the chancing engine also provide scholarships for schools?
82:21@Joy_L:Hello, I missed the beginning. Did you apply to college of Human ecology at Cornell?
82:55@Collegeplan:How do universities feel about when you apply to multiple ? Do they see all your schools in common app?
83:05@User812:Anything you wish you knew as a freshman or sophomore in high school?


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