Live essay review with Elias

Recorded Monday, December 6 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


Join Elias for another installment of our Live Essay Review!

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 this review β€” 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.

You can submit an essay for review to this form!

See you there!

Note - this stream date has been changed to adjust for the Thursday holiday.

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.
7:04@summerorbanwrites:Hi Elias!
7:07@MoonRamen:the next 24 hours lol
7:10@SDC04:Hi! I registered for your live profile review but there wasn't a link to submit the profile.
7:39@Sedoo:I can see now .Hi Everyone!!!!
7:43@Sedoo:The video is not loading
7:46@Antibroccoli:Hello 😁 I wrote the prompt starting with "Walls" to help you differentiate it and i sent it in early. If you have the chance to read it it'd be amazing. Thank you.
7:56@MoonRamen:It wasnt until a few minutes before it started
17:36@Sedoo:When answering the extracurricular essay on common app, is putting a title necessary?
18:07@Lilvr:coincidentally, even I wrote about my grandfather's dementia..
19:03@Rosa:please look at the overcoming obstacles CA essay plss
29:34@MoonRamen:unity maybe
29:38@summerorbanwrites:Agreement: Accordance, Concurrence, Consensus
29:48@Sedoo:For all the essays,are titles needed.Do I need to add a title to my intellectual life essay or on my extracurricular activities essay.
30:04@efmaynard:I think it's supposed to be sarcastic
40:46@Antibroccoli:The 7th prompt
40:52@Rosa:Dam this is rly creative
41:34@Rosa:pls read mine i have paragraphs
41:35@Antibroccoli:Thank u😁 this have been very helpful.
41:42@Sedoo:Yeah the fact that it talks about walls and make it sound so interesting πŸ‘
41:50@chrstphre:hey! mine is called "common app essay prompt 6." i know there are a lot of those, the first words are "I am a boy of very few interests." id love to hear your thoughts!
41:53@MoonRamen:dont capatilize "my"
41:55@Lilvr:can you please review the "TELL US ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.." one?
41:57@MoonRamen:this is a very interesting topic to choose.
41:59@Sedoo:Additional information essay
42:01@Sedoo:Please look at the additional information essay.It should be one of the essays newly uploaded before the livestream.And you can also review the overcoming obstacles essay by @Rosa.
42:25@Rosa:i like the way you think Sedoo
42:53@Sedoo: Rosa thanks 😊
43:06@Rosa:NOOO caught red-handed
50:26@Lilvr:I hate short-word limits. It's so hard to show not tell in these ones
50:31@Lilvr:Was trying to express my anxiety
51:32@Lilvr:there were like 4 different questions in a single prompt so I got confused about which ones to cover
52:37@Lilvr:thank you so much for your feedback
63:02@MoonRamen:He really said video games
63:08@Shriya:so harsh-
63:10@Rosa:lol best advertising tactic
63:12@summerorbanwrites:I was making sure there were paragraph breaks in my Harvard (What you would want your future college roommate to know about you.) essay but I accidentally submitted it. Is that okay?
66:36@Lilvr:I had another one on "Please describe a topic that is of importance to you.." in 300 words, in case you have time for it
76:41@MoonRamen:I didn't submit an essay because I don't have one yet so I thought I'd come on here for inspiration
76:46@Sedoo:I had an essay on my letter to my future college roommate too and an additional information essay πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
76:54@MoonRamen:I think mentioning the lipstick was unnecessary.
76:56@Shriya:elias really has no filter when reviewing essays lol
79:52@MoonRamen:thats so true
79:59@Sedoo:πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Check mine after this pleaseπŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
82:35@summerorbanwrites:Thank you again Elias! Super helpful as always, mine was a hot mess so I really appreciate it!
82:43@MoonRamen:These livestreams are always helpful :)
82:48@Shriya:where do we submit profiles for profile reviews
82:55@Rosa:thank you!
83:46@MoonRamen:The profile reviews link isn't up
83:48@Sedoo:Thank you Elias. This was fun!!!!
84:59@Shriya:oh wow putting her on the spot...
85:01@regiiiii_____:When are you going to do another essay review?
85:03@MoonRamen:We get to see them interact lol
85:06@Shriya:ah what a queen thanks priya
85:08@Rosa:lolol she sounds so tired
85:39@summerorbanwrites:Bye Elias!
85:51@Shriya:byeee have a great day!


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