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.

Episodes

February 12, 2023 31 mins

Summary:
Adarsh Kumarappan, a high school senior, is a Research Intern at Stanford University Thrun Lab focusing on developing the future of AI systems. He also gave a TEDx talk about AI. Adarsh is on a quest to increase awareness of AI research, and encourage students worldwide to learn about and build AI systems.

In this episode, we chat about Adarsh's journey to AI research, his take on the potential advantages...

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#79 Turning Career Research Into a Global Extracurricular with Open Gears ft Dhruv Syngol

It was great to chat with the host of Open Gears, Dhruv Syngol - a student from Illinois in the US.

With a passion for STEM, Dhruv wanted to learn more about potential career paths and ended up turning his conversations with professionals into an insightful resource for students everywhere.

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#78 Starting a Mentoring Company for High School Students ft Harsha Bharadwaj

Summary
2020 Tiger Global Case Comp winner, Harsha, is back! This time as the founder and CEO of Catalyst, an awesome organisation giving high school students a chance to meet inspiring mentors from around the world.

About Crimson Education
The Top of the Class is powered by Crimson Education, the world leaders in US and UK unive...

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#77 Top 25 Environmentalist, Poet and Public Speaker On How to Make a Difference Ft Sarah Syed

Summary:
Environmentalist, poet and public speaker, Sarah Syed, has developed a method to combat oil spills with orange and pomegranate peels. Along the way she has learned about networking, persisting through challenges and how anyone can help the environment. Check out Sarah's website here: https://sarahsyed34.wixsite....

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#76 Using the UN's SDGs to Create a Global, Impactful Non-Profit ft Nathan Baek

Summary
The UN's Sustainability Development Goals can be overwhelming but Nathan Baek from South Korea has set up a project to help students around the world tackle them one at a time.

Hear how the Microphone Initiative is making an impact, how he got official non-profit status and what impact he's hoping to see.

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#75 Regeneron Winner, Robert Sansone, Talks Electric Motors & How To Top Science Fairs

Summary:
There's no bigger student science fair in the world than Regeneron (formerly ISEF). This year, Robert Sansone took out the overall winner title and a $75,000 scholarship for his work on an electric motor that will help solve a major issue with current motors in use.

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#20 The Reality of a Law Career - Insights From Crimson Strategist & Law Grad, Kevin Paul

Summary:
Crimson Strategist, Kevin Paul, discusses his journey to Duke Law School and how working in law firms wasn't all he imagined it to be.

Are you aiming for Ivy League schools and other top US and UK universities and want the support of Crimson experts? Request a free consultation with an Academic Advisor near ...

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#74 Co-Founders of The STEAM Foundation on Building an International Non-Profit & Teaching Thousands Ft Aadhav and Akshar

Summary
The Steam Foundation is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make STEAM education accessible to all K-12 students! Their student-led team of 125+ volunteers conducts/has conducted 50+ virtual Steam Camps to 1870+ students, and they are working with communities in Vietnam ...

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

Summary:
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 premie...

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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-scho...

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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.

Resources and Links!

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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.

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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 b...

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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-...

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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/TopoftheC...

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

Summary
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 ...

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