Open advising hours with Elias

Recorded Tuesday, November 9 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


This Tuesday, Elias Miller is back with Open Advising hours. In this interactive session, Elias will answer all of your questions with his expert advice on applying to college.

There’s no set agenda, so stop by to hear him talk about college admissions, music, and the universe. As always, the chat will be open for all of your queries to be answered live on-air.

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.
5:44@madhuvaishnavigoru:When should we start the admission process ?
10:20@IrisIris:Hi,I am not sure what major for college. I may want to be a nurse or PA, but not sure now. What is the best major for me? I am not excellent at science courses, but manageable. Thanks
13:34@Duda:All right!
13:37@madhuvaishnavigoru:It is midnight here in India sir 😅
13:47@HelloHome:When is the Elias vs. Robert Harvard vs. Yale stream coming
14:23@Duda:Hello Elias! So nice to see you!!!! My first question is: I am applying for Williams college as an International student. The supplemental essay is an academic paper. I don't know what is it because the academic system in my country is pretty different. Can you explain how can I produce an academic paper and where can I find good examples?
15:04@madhuvaishnavigoru:My parents are worried about me studying abroad especially cause I'm a female , any tips to assure them ?
16:06@JoanneT:Do you know if Johns Hopkins is actually rigorous, and is it worth it, especially for GOA when applying to medical school?
17:44@IrisIris:I am 32 days away from the next ACT exam, what is the best stragegy in this time frame? Thanks
19:10@Duda:Here is the williams prompt " students who are interested in submitting an example of their written work have the option of sharing an academic paper completed within the last year, ideally 3-5 pages in length. The paper does not need to be graded, and can be creative or analytical. Please do not submit lab reports. If submitting this optional paper, please include a description of the assignment or prompt."
20:21@neema:what are some things students should think about when searching for colleges that students usually overlook?
29:13@madhuvaishnavigoru:I'm interested in Criminology and am looking for scholarships as an international student . I am researching about colleges a lot so what should I look actually look for in a college to get into ?
31:47@Antibroccoli:Hello, I wanted to ask your opinion on whether we should include some of our cultural, traditions or something about our country in general in our personal statment, if we're applying as an international student?
35:09@JoanneT:What is your opinion about Greek life? Are they cliquish?
38:40@cosmo:How can I find my "spike" for my current EC's?
38:58@Antibroccoli:Can we submit our statement of need or css profile after the deadline?
39:45@madhuvaishnavigoru:As an international student is it better to choose on-campus or off-campus living ?
40:56@HelloHome:Did you find Harvard competitive?
44:37@Duda:That is so cool!
45:02@JoanneT:Is Ivy League worth it?
47:37@madhuvaishnavigoru:I have 6 months for my SAT and I want to start my prep now , I thought about preparing for reading and writing first and then math so I can save time for more practice exams , do you think it's a good idea ?
48:08@HelloHome:Do you also hate the sound of your own voice? If so, how do you deal with it when streaming 😂
49:18@JoanneT:Cornell and Dartmouth is in the middle of nowhere. Is that a big deal?
50:24@HelloHome:Is a female in philosophy a demographic boost like in STEM or is it pretty common like in English?
50:46@Duda:Do you know how to draw?
50:53@madhuvaishnavigoru:Do you think universities are homophobic I'm kind of worried
52:12@Duda:I was here last spring!!
52:16@sandy12398:i came to streams all the time in the spring (my junior year) and they were really helpful lol. but there were like 5 people there
53:23@madhuvaishnavigoru:Your livestream was excellent, thankyou!
53:26@madhuvaishnavigoru:Is too cause it didn't end haha
53:28@HelloHome:How did you get this job?
56:07@HelloHome:Why did you apply?
57:04@madhuvaishnavigoru:Last question Elias sorry for the extra time consumption - Criminology is my interest , do you think I can get jobs in that field as a non-citizen
58:19@HelloHome:What happened to Vicky :(


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