Writer's Workshop with Elias

Recorded Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 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!

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.
10:29@Brett:Hello Elias!
16:33@Colli:hi good start
22:48@fani:Sorry this is kind of off track but does applying early action give you more financial aid from colleges?
24:49@farida:does ed/ea give you a better chance of being accepted?
25:57@fani:Idk if it’s just me but you’re breaking up a lot. I could barely hear your answer but hopefully The recording is clear
41:10@Brett:I can hear fine. I actually heard fine earlier too
41:13@Dev1:Hey, I have watched Arjun Reddy!
41:58@Dev1:No I am new, just joined today
42:30@fani:Do you have a long list or can I submit one right now
53:43@fani:I submitted one!
54:58@fani:It is


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