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Hear from Harvard graduates, Olympiad medalists, charity founders, science fair winners, college admission experts and more. We get their practical tips and advice so you can do the same. This podcast is powered by Crimson Education - visit crimsoneducation.org to learn how to apply to the world’s top universities and create your own extraordinary extracurriculars.
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It's been 15 years since Rohan graduated from UPenn's Wharton School and in this episode, he reflects on his experiences and his continued involvement in the Ivy League school.For close to a decade, Rohan has been keenly engaged with Penn’s various admission, alumni and strategic efforts in India as co-chair of the Penn Club of Delhi, member of the Penn Alumni Interview Council and a member of the executive committee of Wharton Club of Delhi. Listen in as Rohan shares how one of the world's leading business programs has evolved in the past 15 years and the kind of students it now attracts. Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Discover how to accelerate your learning with Crimson Global Academy to help put you on a path for top unis.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.
Mason Hill has a long history in education after being an Admissions Officer, a teacher and now a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while also being a senior strategist for Crimson.As students around the world learn of their admission results from Ivy League schools, Mason reflects on why having a "dream school" may do more harm than good and what students can do instead.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Mason? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Discover how to accelerate your learning with Crimson Global Academy to help put you on a path for top unis.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.
In recent years, students have started to believe that they need to found an organisation, not for profit or company to get admitted to top universities.Crimson Education's Director for USA and Canada, Anjali Bhatia, argues that this isn't the case and in fact, being a founder could potentially hurt your chances of admission. She also outlines what Admission Officers are actually looking for and what you can do to improve your candidacy. Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Anjali? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Discover how to accelerate your learning with Crimson Global Academy to help put you on a path for top unis.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.
Crimson Education Strategist, Evelyn Wu,  graduated with her bachelors and masters degree in mathematics at Oxford and spent 10 years working at the British Council. Her experience is now helping Crimson students gain admission to top UK unis. In this episode, Evelyn gives us an insight into how she approaches university research including the rankings that matter, the graduate and employment opportunities and how to set realistic goals.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Evelyn? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Discover how to accelerate your learning with Crimson Global Academy to help put you on a path for top unis.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.
When you ask Jamie Beaton to be a guest on the show, it's not so much a podcast as a mini crash course!In this episode, Jamie reflects on his time working for Weiss Asset Management and Tiger Management and his deep love of all things investing and finance to give insights into the career path and the extracurriculars that matter while in high school.Crimson CEO, Harvard graduate, Stanford MBA and Rhodes Scholar, Jamie Beaton, gives a fast-paced crash course into life in finance, the careers to consider, companies to aim for and why getting into a top university can make all the difference. Click here to check out Jamie's intensive online stock investing course.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Jamie? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Discover how to accelerate your learning with Crimson Global Academy to help put you on a path for top unis.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.
COVID-19 severely disrupted all aspects of college life but none more so than college sports.In this episode of College Tips, Crimson Education Strategist and former Harvard lacrosse player, Bryan Moore, discusses the future of college sports as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift and how students can build their candidacy away from the training track.Are you aiming for a US sport scholarship and would love the guidance of experts like Bryan? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to learn more!Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
If you're aiming to apply to universities like Oxford or Cambridge, then nailing the UK personal statement should be high on your priority list.In this episode of College Tips, Oxford graduate and Crimson Education Strategist, Abbi Colwyn, takes a closer look at what makes a successful personal statement.She shares some her favourite essay writing formulas, mistakes to avoid and memorable essays to help you get a great head start!Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Abbi? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
With tens of thousands of students applying to top unis and standardised testing requirements dropping, how do you differentiate yourself from the crowd? As the product manager at Crimson Education and a Harvard graduate, Gabe has in-depth knowledge of the US college application process. In this episode, he gives some fantastic examples of how students have created unique extracurriculars and some tips on how you can get started today.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Gabe? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
When it comes to studying overseas, the first step is figuring out where you want to apply to!Crimson Education strategist and LSE Law graduate, Bryn Laxton-Coglon, shares his insights based on his experiences mentoring students and from his own decision to go from Canada to studying in London.We chat about the major differences between the three study destinations, what type of student each country is looking for and what you should be considering beyond the prestige or rank of a university.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Bryn? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
Are you aiming to apply to Oxford or Cambridge? The interview is a critical part of the application and few people know the process better than Crimson Education Strategist, Hannah Rowberry.Hannah is a former Oxford Admissions Officer and Cambridge alumni. She shares her insights including what to expect from the first question, how best to prepare, tips for during the interview and why it's likely to be the most interesting interview you'll ever have!Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Hannah? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
We hear all the time that Admission Officers want to see "passion" but how do you get passion on paper for your application?Crimson Education Strategist and former UChicago Admission Officer, Steve Han, gives his advice and some of top tips to stand out from the crowd.This is the first episode of the new College Tips series featuring experts from Crimson Education. We'll be back with more amazing student interviews next episode!See more from Steve on Crimson's TikTok channelTry out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe and would love the guidance of experts like Steve? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
Hi there Top of the Class listener!Thank you so much for your support and for sharing your favourite episodes.We're excited to announce a new weekly series featuring the amazing college admission experts from Crimson Education.These will be shorter episodes with insights on everything from applications to courses and unis to the latest admission news and, of course, some tips to help you be the Top of the Class.And don't worry, we'll still be hearing from amazing students from around the world in the interview series.Please send in your topic suggestions to me on Twitter or send an email to podcast@crimsoneducation.org.
15-year-old STEM researcher and best-selling author, Naila Moloo is working on everything from a design for an improved solar cell, a photon rocket, a start-up, the sequel to her best-selling book and a new series of books for children. We talk how she manages her time, the challenging first publishing experience and having a boss mentality.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
When 16-year-old New Jersey student, Brandon, first read about sport psychology, he was immediately drawn to the field given his love of basketball and how the mind works.He's since dived deep into the topic as the founder of Mind Design Sports and the host of the Mind Design Sports podcast.We chat about how students can benefit from sport psychology and the challenges he overcame in launching the podcast.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
Jenk Oz is the founder and CMO of Thred Media. With hundreds of thousands of followers and a mission to introduce Gen Z to social change.Thred reaches teens and young adults in 130+ countries a month and has won several awards including four W3 Awards, an International Davey Award, Amazon AWS Activator Award and been a finalist for a global KidScreen award. Jenk has been in West End theatre, TV, commercials, music videos, short films and voice overs. On the speaking circuit, Jenk has given three TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’; ‘Breaking the Pattern’ and 'Can a 'Like' change the world- the power of clicktivism' as well as having spoken at conferences around the world.In this episode, Jenk shares how Thred Media evolved from a family newsletter, hiring his first employee, how acting has given him confidence and the strategy he has for further growth.  Jenk welcomes listeners to connect with him over email or LinkedInAre you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and OxfordTry out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter
How many times have you watched a TED Talk and felt that it had the potential to change your life? That's exactly what happened for Anagha who  always wanted to do more but felt like she should specialise in one thing. It wasn’t until she saw a TED talk about 'multipotentialites’ that she realised there’s nothing wrong with having a broad array of interests and talents!She has gone on to found a mental health organisation, be one of 50 global advocates for women in STEM, intern for an AI company and more!We chat about everything from Women's History Month to LinkedIn profiles and even her response to a rather awkward introduction to public speaking.Click here for the TED Talk that helped Anagha realise her true potential and the community for multipotentialitesAnagha welcomes listeners to connect with her on LinkedIn and InstagramClick here to learn more about Girls in Science 4 SDGs - the UN affiliated organisation that Anagha is an advocate forLearn more about MindChamps and their competition 'It's All in the Mind'Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
17-year-old Liam Millward was aiming to study medicine but life has taken him down the entrepreneurship path!After he turned a family travel blog into a magazine with 50,000 readers, he turned his attention to podcasts and now to eCommerce.We chat about what it took to build the magazine readership, how to start a business and networking tips for young entrepreneurs. Liam invites listeners to connect with him on LinkedIn.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
Many students aim for a career in finance but Aryaansh is already experiencing it. The 15-year-old from Dubai has worked at JP Morgan, developed an algorithm to trade foreign currencies and trades on behalf of his friends.In this podcast episode, Aryaansh shares how he got the internship while in Year 10, the books he read to get started in the stock market and what his views are on stories like Gamestop and crytocurrencies. Aryaansh welcomes listeners to connect with him on LinkedIn.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
When award-winning poets, Nina and Ariana, wanted to go one step further than their school literary magazine, they didn’t expect to be running a global magazine!But that’s exactly what Potted Purple has become with submissions and readers from around the world with a focus on giving Gen Z a platform to share their art.In this episode, Nina and Ariana give an insight into how they got started, what they’ve learned along the way and their tips for you to do the same.  For magazine editions and submission details, visit Potted Purple's homepage or Instagram.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
What does the Amazing Race TV show and the college admissions process have in common? More than you might think!In this special episode, actor and host of the Amazing Race, Allan Wu, reflects on his journey to UC Berkeley and how he is now guiding his daughter through the same process with the support of Crimson Education.We chat about the similarities between the Amazing Race and college admissions as well as the all important partnership between student and parent through the final years of school.Try out Crimson's US College Admissions Calculator or the UK University Admissions Calculator to predict your best fit future.Are you aiming for top universities in the US, UK or Europe? Request a free consultation with an admissions expert to hear how to get into unis like Stanford, Harvard and Oxford! Do you have a story you'd like to share with the world? We invite students to fill in this form to be considered for the show. You can also contact the hosts on Twitter!
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