Open advising hours with Robert

Recorded Friday, October 8 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Robert Crystal for his first ever open advising hours! Robert is our newest livestream host and recently graduated from Yale University. You may have seen him around our site, providing helpful live presentations on air and answering your Communities questions. If you’d like to learn more about Robert or ask him personalized questions related to admissions, don’t miss this exclusive Advising Hours session!

There’s no set agenda, so come ready with all of your questions about college or just stop by to get some quick expert advice! As always, the chat will be open for all of your queries to be answered live on-air.

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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 Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
8:34@HelloHome:Hi! Audio and video is fine :)
8:37@HelloHome:What do you think defines Yale / characterizes Yale students?
12:49@Saron:What was your most favorite thing about Yale?
21:53@HelloHome:Best interview tips for really competitive schools? What makes an interview memorable or impressive?
33:32@Saron:What does yale look for in extracurricular activities, to show which side of your character exactly?
37:42@Marco123:My college essay is mainly about my engagement in the community and some activities related to it, but there’s a supplemental essay that also asks about my commitment to service and civic engagement. How can I avoid being repetitive considering that I have mentioned most of my community activities in the essay?
45:00@Sophia_:When applying to Yale, what is one piece of advice you would go back and tell yourself?
52:06@HelloHome:(more logistical/practical question) Are we supposed to schedule/request interviews with the Ivy Leagues or just wait for them to reach out after submitting our application?
54:09@HelloHome:Would you recommend/discourage talking about a religious community in essays if it's a significant part of your background (how do AO's view talking about religion in an application)?
56:13@Marco123:My class only has 1 AP class and the school asks me to retake it because they don’t have other advanced classes offered Would it look bad if I drop it and use the time to take courses outside of school in terms of college application?
63:36@HelloHome:Thank you!


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