Extracurriculars 101 with Elias

Recorded Wednesday, November 10 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


We’re back with another episode where Elias gives you the breakdown on extracurriculars! If you’ve heard Elias's signature catchphrase "spiky beats renaissance," and been completely baffled as to what that means, then join Elias as he walks you through CollegeVine's best advice on approaching extracurriculars (so your "spike" can the all-too-common "renaissance" candidate).

Elias will give you a rundown on how to cultivate a strong narrative through your extracurriculars, and administer plenty of tips and tricks you'll need in order to find your spike and make your profile stand out to admissions officers.

Elias’s advice is like finding a celebrity’s spam account on your TikTok FYP — a rare and valuable inside scoop. So don't scroll past this opportunity and come prepared to drop all your admissions-related questions in the chat, where Elias will answer them live!

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.
5:02@summerorbanwrites:Hi Elias!
7:09@Sabrina4:Is working at Starbucks an extracurricular?
7:13@Sabrina4:HI! :)
7:19@summerorbanwrites:Oh gosh I didn't think you saw that!
18:10@Sabrina4:What would be the approximate of extracurricular or is it unlimited?
18:23@Debby-:I can’t see anything
33:33@Jhenjen21:I am not able to do many extracurriculars due to the virus. What should I do?
34:12@Ettore: How can I improve my voluntering extracurricular (i volunteer for helping children to learn how to surf)
34:52@nkro:Is there a recommended number of leadership positions we need to have or is one enough? For example starting and being president of a club
35:25@Jhenjen21:Thank You
35:41@VM22:My son is in multiple extracurricular actives like marching band , swimming , community volunteering related to biology and how to tie them all together with love for Biology
37:09@Caelan88:Is it too late to start building a spike halfway through high school?
37:23@summerorbanwrites:How do you elaborate on an activity in an extracurricular supplement (i.e. Harvard) if you deal with imposter syndrome and frequently downplay your talents and achievements?
39:12@sandy12398:Generally, do school club leadership positions or outside of school internships look more impressive?
41:46@VM22:Can you have a theme without any particular Spikes
41:59@sandy12398:Does the order of extracurriculars in the commonapp matter? Like if I put a certain activity as number 1, will AOs see that one as more important?
42:48@m4ry:I have social anxiety so I have trouble 'getting out there' and I have hardly any leadership positions. Do you have any tips on how to should make up for this?
44:17@m4ry:How important is how you get community service hours?
47:11@vossy:Is martial arts experience frowned upon?
48:15@Brisa:Do you know what volunteering at a clinic would consist of for a 16yr old?
50:12@VERAK:what kind of weightage does Extra Curriculars have in comparison with other factors?
53:02@VERAK:For Top 20 colleges
53:08@m4ry:Thanks so much for your help!! It is much appreciated.
53:12@maddie33:Can AP Capstone be considered an extracurricular or just an academic achievement?
53:43@Caelan88:Thank you!!
54:27@summerorbanwrites:Bye Elias!


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