Live essay review with Elias

Recorded Thursday, January 13 at 11:00 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 — 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!

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.
14:41@Rebeccam:Hello, I am about to submit my essay, can u read it next since im pretty early c: can u read mines titled: sophmore
16:53@Rebeccam:like how the environment you grew up in affects you
30:59@Rebeccam:thank you, sorry for all the confusing sentences I guess I have to be more specific
31:38@Rebeccam:thank you
46:37@ayooayah:hello, can you look at mine! its 650 words titled common app.
47:41@ayooayah:its not that one sorry i was not that clear hahaha
61:46@ayooayah:I changed the name its now ''Temple Essay'' still 650 words!
74:25@ayooayah:In my mind i felt that yes!
74:26@ayooayah:Okay got it!
77:43@ayooayah:Yes, I get that. Thank you so much!!


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