Top of the Class

Top of the Class

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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May 11, 2022 24 min

#19 Entering the Uber Hackathon and Insights From A Stanford Comp Sci Graduate

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In this episode, Stanford Computer Science graduate (and soon-to-be Masters Graduate!), Harry, shares everything you need to know about competing in the Uber Hackathon (https://www.uberglobalhackathon.org/) and gives us an insight into his undergraduate and Masters degree at Stanford.

The Uber Global Hackathon is the premier global hackathon for st...

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#18 Career Planning Through High School with CGA's Head of Careers Counselling Ft Bob Fan

Career planning in high school is a tricky process! Lucky there's Crimson Global Academy's Head of Careers Counselling, Bob Fan, to help!

Bob was the former head of US college strategy at Crimson Education and now works with students at CGA to help them pick subjects, explore extracurriculars and more.

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#73 CAO Scholarship Recipient and Duke Admit Shares Her Story ft Hala

Ethiopian student, Hala, shares how she received the Crimson Access Opportunity Scholarship and how it helped her gain admission to Duke University!

If you're a high achieving final year high school student with financial need, apply for the CAO Scholarship today (https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/resources/crimson-access-opportunity-scholarship/)!



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#72 Teaching Tech To Thousands & Getting Into An Entrepreneurship Society Ft Aarav Garg

Summary: Aarav is the founder and CEO of Tech Nuttiez, a platform teaching tech to thousands around the world. Aarav explains why there's always room for more tech-teaching platforms, how he got started and what advice he has for students wanting to advance in the world of tech.

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    The How I Got In series is back!

    For the 12th episode in the series, Crimson student from South Africa, Sazi Bongwe, shares how he got into Harvard!

    Sazi talks about his considerations in choosing Harvard and the main application elements from the SAT to the essay.

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    Thank you for getting the show to near 30,000 downloads!

    And thank you to Angela and Aaron for sharing their organisations.

    Teen-Aged Youth
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    Students For Attention
    An organisation raising awareness for studen...

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    #71 Cryptos, NFTs and Tips For Teenagers with the Young Investors Network Founder Ft Jakob Diepenbrock

    Get to know the founder of the Young Investors Network, Jakob Diepenbrock! Hear his tips for teenagers, why he started the network that has 200 students from around the world and how you can join for free to get insights from leading experts!

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    #70 Winning the World Schools Debating Championship with Matthew Anzarouth and Jamie Beaton

    Summary: 2 x World Schools Debating Championship winning team member and Harvard student, Matthew Anzarouth, chats with Crimson CEO, Jamie Beaton, all about his journey through debating, competing at the top level and his tips for students.

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    #69 Creating Nuclear Fusion and Flamethrowers With Jackson Oswalt

    Jackson Oswalt is a Guinness World Record holder for being the youngest ever person to achieve nuclear fusion at just 12 years of age.

    Now 16 and aiming to get into MIT, we chat about how an "average" student like Jackson got the idea to create a nuclear reactor, how he built it, the science behind it, the media attention and what he has been working on since (...

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    #68 How Self-Publishing Opens Up A World Of Opportunities ft. Manasi Patil

    Summary: 15-year-old Manasi Patil discusses how self-publishing two books has opened a range of opportunities including a TEDx talk in Sydney and being invited to conferences around the world.

    Manasi Patil is a 15-year-old GenZ changemaker, aiming to shape a dynamic 'today'. Manasi aspires to encourage GenZ'ers to be problem-solvers with her two pu...

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    Something I've always wanted to do was to give everyone, not just our guests, a chance to have your organisation, business, website, app, YouTube channel, club, whatever you like a shout out!

    So send me your 'elevator pitch' and a link for me to share and I'll do my best to spread the word.

    Thanks!

    Alex

    My email: a.cork@cga.school
    Our twitter: https://twitter.com/TopoftheClassP1
    My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/i...

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    #67 Starting A 50-Client Consulting Business In High School & How To Join Gen Z Consulting! Ft Raghav and Ahad

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    Members of the 2020 TGCC winning team, Raghav and Ahad, have leveraged their experience to create Gen Z Consulting (https://www.genzconsulting.co/) to provide pro bono consulting to small businesses around the world. We chat about how they got started, what advice they provide and how students can gain experience...

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    #66 How To Build A Public Speaker Brand At 13-Years-Old

    Hasini LakshmiNarayanan is a 13-year-old public speaker, activist, founder of an organisation and journalist. She joins the podcast to share how she became a public speaker and how she has built up her brand at a young age to the point where she is getting offers to speak on a wide range of topics.

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    #65 Win $1000USD With The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Comp! Ft Karin

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    Crimson Global Academy student and Ambassador for the HCGE,  Karin, answers all our questions and gives her own tips for great essay writing.

    Resources:
    See all the awesome prizes: https://www.essaycomp.org/prizes
    Check out this year's essay prompts: https://www.essaycomp.org/2022-prompts
    Register with Karin's code 'EC232': https://www.essaycomp...

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    #64 Time Management, Math Research & College Classes All At 16-Years-Old Ft Apoorva Panidapu

    Summary:
    Apoorva's has carved her own education pathway and it's easy to see why. At 16, she has raised $40,000 for charity through her online art gallery, is a published math researcher, advocates for women in STEM and is taking college classes.

    In this episode, we chat about how she manages her time, the hard lessons learned and...

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    #63 Balancing UC Berkeley CS and an International STEM Org - LinkedIn Tips, College Tips and More! Ft Stephanie Su

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    Stephanie is a freshman at UC Berkeley and the Lead Director at Superposition. She talks about her journey in STEM, how some of her posts have gone viral on LinkedIn and what she has learned about managing an international organisation along with her college commitments.

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    #62 Solving The Impossible With Arnav, Mikael and Aahaan Ft Arnav, Mikael and Aahaan

    The Solving the Impossible Award for 14-18 year olds was recently taken out by IBM's youngest ever intern, Arnav. The top prize being a $1M trust fund powered by AuDeFi's core blockchain technology, Cryptium. Two of the finalists, Mikael and Aahaan joined Arnav in a fascinating episode about innovation, STEM role models and how they have acc...

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    #61 How Aditya Is Teaching Personal Finance To Thousands Ft Aditya Bagga

    Personal finance is almost always the top thing students, parents and teachers think schools should teach more. But, with formal education lagging in this key area, Aditya saw an opportunity to make a difference.

    We chat about how he went from a slide deck crash course to now having a team of 30, Finatic chapters around the world and why many student non-profits...

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    I was sooo looking forward to chatting to our next guest but he's stuck in an elevator!

    All signs point to him being ok with help on the way but the episode will have to wait.

    In the meantime, I'd love for you all to join the Top of the Class Slack community! There will be episode summaries, competition insights, college admission tips, networking opportunities and heaps more - I just sure hope this link works!

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    College Tips - How An Extracurricular Expert Evaluates Student Activities Ft. Tressa Thomas, Crimson Education Head of ECLs

    Summary
    When it comes to getting into top colleges, it's usually the extracurriculars and essays that help admission officers determine who will thrive on campus.

    But not all extracurriculars are of equal value!

    In this episode of College Tips, Crimson Education's Head of Extracurriculars, Tressa, breaks d...

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