Writer’s workshop with Elias

Recorded Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias for another installment of CollegeVine’s Writing Workshop!

During this event (designed specifically for current high school students), Elias will select a few pieces of writing submitted by the audience to review LIVE on air. Any type of writing is welcome in the Writing Workshop — college and scholarship essays, papers for class, articles for your school’s newspaper, or even personal projects of your own. For each piece, Elias will walk through what you’ve written, paying particular attention to any special review requests, and offer suggestions for improvement.

You can drop your submissions in this form!

Elias’ advice will brighten up your day like a concert in Boston - one of which he happened to be conducting last week in Carlisle.

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 CommonApp.org 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.
4:24@Jessie22:You got my essay on the screen! I'm so excited to hear your thoughts
4:46@Josh1:For next time how do you submit your essay?
5:06@unior:Good morning!
6:46@IvanM:Hi Guys! Ivan here
9:24@unior:I could sense a tense atmosphere as I entered the classroom on a rather sunny Saturday morning. It was my last class there.
9:26@mich5250:Feel free to get distracted by the chat Elias XD
26:02@Jessie22:technical term
26:04@Jessie22:it's the latter
30:27@mich5250:When is the next writing workshop and how are we assured that there is no content copying or plagiarism
32:01@Jessie22:many thanks! great suggestions!
55:53@unior:I don't see my essay 😭😂
55:55@unior:Thank you so much!
55:57@unior:I wrote in the previous paragraph that the morning had arrived?
69:33@unior:YES exactly
69:33@marcos:Thank you so much for your time!
69:36@unior:I think I might remove the paragraph where my uncle offered to invest in my business. It doesn't add much to the essay.
69:55@unior:Thank you so much for the review!
83:13@Jessie22:much better
84:12@Tumba:I like your shirt Eliah!


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