Frequently Asked Questions

How did you start on YouTube? 
I made my first video “Harvard Freshman Year" in response to an optional assignment (which I of course completed because I'm a nerd) from my high school history teacher to make a vlog about what college was like, to send back to the current seniors. People started asking me questions about Harvard in the comments, and I’ve been vlogging ever since!

What’s your YouTube channel?

What do you study at Harvard?
I majored in Visual and Environmental Studies with a Film/Video focus, and minored in Computer Science.

Oh, that’s past tense. So you graduated?
Yup! I graduated in May 2015.

What kind of videos do you make now on YouTube?
I make creative videos personal development, cultural awareness, and life motivation. I like to sing, dance, and keep it spirited. I still talk about college sometimes.

I’m not from the United States, can I attend Harvard?
Yes! When I was there about 10% of the student body was international. Best to check Harvard’s website for details on their current application procedures.

Does Harvard have financial aid?
Yes! When I was there they gave scholarships based on financial need. Best to check Harvard’s website for their current financial aid policies.

I’m an aspiring Harvard student, can you give me advice on how to get in?
I already have! I don’t currently do personal academic consulting, but I’ve given lots of tips in my How To Get Into Harvard series.

What video equipment do you use?
My main camera is a Panasonic Lumix GH5, with a Rode Video Mic Pro, and I edit in Adobe Premiere CC. Prior to 2019, I used a Sony a6000 with a Zoom H1 microphone.

How do I gain more subscribers on YouTube?
Make videos that are searchable and bring your unique perspective and personality. What are people looking for that you know about or have an opinion on? Try that.

Love the fro! Could you do a hair tutorial?
Thanks! Yes, I've made a few hair care videos, check out them out here.

How can I support you?
By joining my community on Patreon. My Patreon squad is the best - they are the ones who keep me going. 

How can I support you without spending money?
By watching and sharing and subscribing to my YouTube videos, joining my Brilliant Beans email club, and following me on social media.

You’re on social media?
Sure am! I’m everywhere @AhsanteB - most active on Instagram and Twitter.

Favorite Movie?
The Incredibles. Pixar is bae.

Favorite Book?
Fiction? The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Non-fiction? Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

I have a different question. How can I reach you?
You can find my contact info here.