Open advising hours with Elias

Recorded Thursday, December 9 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


This Tuesday, join Elias Miller for his famed 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.
6:14@MoonRamen:im from boring missouri
7:21@MoonRamen:yes it is
7:29@khnguyenn:How do I get good recommendations when I'm more of a quiet student? I feel like my teachers might have nothing to say.
10:08@MoonRamen:I don't have a lot of experiences, I've been homeschooled for 2 years now and use an online program called Penn Foster. A lot of good schools want to see lots of participation and experience which I don't have.
10:54@MoonRamen:Yes, and honors and clubs etc
13:55@MoonRamen:why is this so dead
19:45@MoonRamen:college essays can be stressful
22:21@MoonRamen:no, im a freshman


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