Open advising hours with Elias

Recorded Monday, August 30 at 11:00 PM

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About this livestream


This Monday, after a long-awaited hiatus, Elias Miller is back with Open Advising hours. In this interactive session, Elias will answer all of your questions with his expert advice. Stop by to hear him talk about college admissions, music, and the universe. Stay tuned for surprise guests - you never know when Shane Niesen or Priya Desai will hop onto a stream.

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.
6:28@Dthakk12:lets change that
6:37@Ayush:I just came
6:59@Ayush:Oh, that is sad.
7:15@hzandi:Howdy Elias! What do you think is most important in pursuing a major i.e. career path?
7:49@Ayush:I just didn't use chat
7:51@Ayush:and january 2021
7:53@Ayush:I was here at like winter 2020
9:15@Cmetz:Not lagging on my screen
9:19@Ayush:Then i will try to refresh
9:22@semira1227:The video and audio don’t make but I can still hear u
9:25@Ayush:Ok now it is good
9:51@Cmetz:What did you see different in this last admissions cycle compared to prior cycles aside from optional SAT? What would your recommendations be based on this last year’s admissions cycle ?? Hope this makes sense.
13:54@Dthakk12:do you advise doubling music with a hardcore stem major (engineering or cs)
15:49@Cmetz:Thank you
15:52@semira1227:If your extracurriculars don’t all connect to one common theme is that ok
16:44@hzandi:On similar note, do you advise double majoring in language and stem, like Psych and Spanish?
17:21@Woodbury:Hi, Am a US citizen of Asian descent. Does Race and Ethnicity play a role besides GPA, ACT and Extra curricular activities ?
18:31@semira1227:I’m African American, what does that mean for me regarding sat
19:46@Dthakk12:what matters more - where u go for undergrad or where u go for grad school
20:57@Dthakk12:for stem
21:26@Ayush:Is it impressive if you get into your robotics team with only 35 spots?
21:38@hzandi:I guess something that is fitting… How did you come to senses with pursuing your career path?
25:00@Dthakk12:do u think the volume of applications will drop this cycle as opposed to last cycle
25:19@semira1227:Hi, I currently attend a private school and I’m on a 50 percent scholarship and one of the rules on that contract is im not allowed to early action. Should I state that on my common app
25:45@Ayush:like about 80 people.
25:46@Ayush:or 100 people
25:59@semira1227:In my schools naviance it says most people didn’t get into a specific school even with everyone’s really good sat and gpa. Should I feel discouraged
26:57@Cmetz:Do you think I could combine my research internships with some sort of education major or interdisciplinary since my extracurriculars are mainly science internships and tutoring. Any suggestions on how to combine them for essays?
28:10@Dthakk12:what if my main ec theme is completely unrelated to my major
28:34@ccl222:college will focus on unweight GPA or weight GPA?
29:18@Ayush:ok, thanks
31:10@semira1227:If I was president of my schools pre engineering society for 3 years and I want to go into stem for college should I put that activity first
31:51@Ayush:Why are you not streaming?
34:14@semira1227:Even if a college says that they don’t require demonstrated interest should you still show it. And will they notice that
35:34@semira1227:Random but do you know how accurate the college vine chancing is
36:48@Ayush:I do follow it
36:52@ccl222:How to add portfolio through Common APP?
37:25@semira1227:I had a job for the past two summers is that a good thing? I also did a summer program for p and g as well
38:09@Dthakk12:how was transitioning from a private school like harvard to a public school like umich?
40:45@semira1227:Ya it is
40:50@semira1227:lol the job was McDonald’s. It was for the experience
42:08@Ayush:How is indian food in harvard?
45:50@Dthakk12:do u know if there's a way to potentially work for collegevine in the future ( like after college)
46:33@semira1227:What school had the best food
48:16@semira1227:Have you had Waffle House? What was the experience
48:24@hzandi:Harvard is notorious for a bad dining hall, is this true?
48:31@semira1227:What was the admission process like for u
50:18@Ayush:food scandal
50:23@Ayush:I was just joking
51:44@Ayush:What's your fav Indian food?
52:13@Dthakk12:is college dining better than high school cafeteria food
52:36@Ayush:I think Paneer is the best
55:17@Dthakk12:lol i watch these all the time this is my first live livestream
55:27@Ayush:Bye Have a great day!
55:31@Dthakk12:thanks so much. ur the best!!
55:57@Dthakk12:like the recorded versions
56:42@Cmetz:Thank you
56:45@Cmetz:Good luck with move
56:47@Cmetz:See you in the future streams again
57:08@Ayush:good Luck!
57:15@Ayush:Hope it goes well!


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