Writer's Workshop with Elias

Recorded Wednesday, October 6 at 11:30 PM

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About this livestream


We’re back with another installment ofCollegeVine’s Writing Workshop, hosted by Elias Miller!

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.

To submit your writing for the workshop, please use 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.
5:40@unior:I find this workshop the most helpful college admissions service on the internet!
6:38@HelloHome:Can we resubmit if you don't get to our essay today or will it automatically be added to the pile for the next Writer's Workshop?
22:37@HelloHome:Not my essay but that's a UChicago prompt
32:15@unior:Can we do mine next? I have school in an hour. [One is about the impact I'll bring at X college & the other is me responding to a quote (the essay being about music)]. Both have a 300 word limit if I remember correctly?
37:15@ManavThakkar:Whoever is for subjects right?
44:52@HelloHome:Is there time to do mine after @unior's?
44:57@HelloHome:What college is this prompt from?
45:01@regiiiii_____:Could do mine next? Its is the common app essay and my word limit Is 413
46:58@HelloHome:Common App (interest that captivates you)
47:01@HelloHome:mine is 650
47:02@HelloHome:Yup! Mine was the one you opened right before this
47:04@regiiiii_____:It is true, my bad. My word count is 413 but the limit for the common app essay is 650
56:09@unior:It's for Amherst! If you have time, can you do the one with "our college is characterized by diversity, inclusion, etc etc . How will you impact x college's community?". It's 300 words. Also, definitely not offended but rather super thankful for the constructive and actionable criticism. Thank you :)
70:45@regiiiii_____:Thanks a lot! I hope to be submitting my next draft on a next workshop
70:47@HelloHome:Oh my bad, this is the right one nvm HAHA
70:48@HelloHome:Oh hold on, I think that's the wrong draft - so sorry for the inconvenience but I resubmitted without personal details
72:21@HelloHome:Just a fun fact HAHA: yes, I'm planning to major in philosophy :)
72:23@HelloHome:Thank you so much!
73:28@ManavThakkar:Thank you so much!
73:37@ellacronin_:Will there be another Writer's workshop next week?
73:54@ManavThakkar:IM BACK


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