Columbia University Student Panel
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About this livestream
Ask current Columbia students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!
Meet the panelists: Maxine, Sarah, and Michael
Maxine is a senior from Southern California. She is pursuing her Bachelor's in Psychology on the pre-med track. Maxine is a member of the Columbia softball team and a member in the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. After college, she plans on attending medical school and to eventually become a Pediatrician. Aside from business, her pleasures include doing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Sarah is a senior from East Elmhurst, NY. She is pursuing a major in Political Science with a concentration in Psychology. Sarah is captain of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team, President of Operations for a nonprofit called FAST (Female Athletes Stand Together) and a member of the Finance Committee for Girl Up, a U.N founded initiative on campus. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling with friends, playing with her dog, and having spikeball competitions in Central Park.
Michael is a 2020 graduate from Seattle, Washington. During his time as a student, he studied Economics and Philosophy, spent a year abroad studying PPE at Oxford, and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Outside of class, Michael worked as a photojournalist for the school newspaper, performed in classical music chamber ensembles, was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, and ran a freelance photography business.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
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.
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