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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.
 
Presidents. Movie stars. Entrepreneurs. A unabomber. Many impressive (alongside a few downright crazy) people have been affiliated with Harvard over the years. Before they were famous on the world's stage, they were all anonymous teenagers, trying to plot their future. Each episode, we interview one of these people to learn about their Harvard experience and how it shaped who they are today.
 
Harvard prides itself on providing its students with a “transformative experience”. Join Samyra every other Thursday where she spills the tea on various aspects of this experience and what it’s really like to be a student at Harvard. Presented by The Harvard Crimson, published on alternating Thursdays. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
 
“A Legacy Revealed” is a podcast that dives into the roles that slavery and discrimination have played in shaping Harvard University over its 400 year-long history. Hosted by Raquel Coronell Uribe and Six Yu, this 6-part series will invite experts from a variety of fields to answer some of the most compelling questions surrounding Harvard’s historical legacy, as well as its present day ramifications. All episodes available May 1st. Presented by the Harvard Crimson. Produced and edited by Lar ...
 
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New Normal is a podcast about Harvard students in the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted and produced by Kai McNamee, this 8-part series will cover topics ranging from virtual move-in to remote activism, and will feature students experiencing Harvard from all over the world. Presented by The Harvard Crimson, published on alternating Tuesdays. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
 
Harvard professors are known for their cutting-edge research—and also for their effervescent and eccentric personalities. The Veritas Lab, hosted by Katelyn X. Li and Sanjana L. Narayanan, will give you a glimpse of both. Through lively conversations with professors across Harvard, we’ll get at the truth behind the most exciting issues in modern research. Presented by The Harvard Crimson, published on alternating Wednesdays. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
 
How can Harvard, an institution with so much history, have so little memory? The racial reckonings and Black Lives Matter protests that swept the country this past summer brought attention to a trend in how Harvard seems to deal with student activism and concerns surrounding race, racism, and diversity: to commission a diversity review. These committees and reports long predate this summer, and reading them it can seem, at times, like some things have not changed at the University — in race ...
 
The River Rundown is a podcast about Harvard Athletics amid the Covid-19 pandemic — focusing on alumni and undergraduates alike, and how the pandemic has impacted their careers. Hosted by Amir Mamdani, this seven-part series will incorporate a variety of perspectives and athletic experiences, tying together some complementary views on life across the Charles River. Presented by The Harvard Crimson. Published bi-weekly on Sundays. Produced by Zing Gee. Cover art by Matthew J. Tyler and Zing Gee.
 
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#65 Win $1000USD With The Harvard Crimson Global Essay Comp! Ft Karin Summary 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.…
 
#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 to…
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by hockey writer Mark Divver to preview No. 13 Providence's home-and-home series with No. 16 Northeastern. Also previewed are four other matchups to be featured in USCHO's Bettor's Edge column this week: No. 14 Massachusetts home-and-home with No. 15 UMass Lowell No. 9 Cor…
 
#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 ep…
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Clarkson head coach Casey Jones to preview his Golden Knights in ECAC Hockey play Friday at No. 5 Quinnipiac. Jim and Ed also look at the other matchups to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 1 Michigan, Michigan Tech at No. 2…
 
#63 Balancing UC Berkeley CS and an International STEM Org - LinkedIn Tips, College Tips and More! Ft Stephanie Su Summary 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 orga…
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by St. Cloud State head coach Brett Larson to preview No. 11 Omaha at the No. 1 Huskies. Jim and Ed also look at the other matchups to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 2 Michigan at No. 19 Penn State, No. 18 Ohio State at No. 6 Minnesota, No. 8 We…
 
#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 …
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) preview a heavyweight NCHC bout with first-year Western Michigan head coach Pat Fershweiler as No. 4 Minnesota Duluth visits the No. 10 Broncos. Jim and Ed also look at the other games to be featured in this week's USCHO Bettor's Edge column: No. 15 Cornell at No. 13 Harvard, No. 7 P…
 
#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 …
 
It has been about 600 days since Harvard last played hockey after the Ivies decided to cancel their 2020-21 season. Head coach Ted Donato joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to discuss what the lost season was like, preparing for this season, this year's Harvard team, and Friday night's game at Dartmouth. We also…
 
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 …
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Grand Forks Herald college hockey writer Brad Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) to preview a great east-west series as No. 6 North Dakota visits No. 7 Quinnipiac. We also preview No. 8 Denver at No. 12 Providence and No. 10 Boston College, No. 17 Western Michigan at No. 1 Mich…
 
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 episod…
 
Minnesota Duluth Scott Sandelin joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview his No. 5 Bulldogs' game against No. 3 Michigan in this weekend's Ice Breaker tournament. We also preview No. 1 Minnesota State vs. No. 10 Providence in the other Ice Breaker first round, No. 18 Northeastern at No. 6 Boston College, No…
 
The Winners of TGCC - The World's First Global, Virtual Case Comp For High Schoolers Ft. Tina Mai, Alexis Lindenfelser and Charlotte Quintanar The Tiger Global Case Comp has thousands of high schoolers from all over the world competing for the experience and first prize of a PwC internship, mentorship from the President of Tiger Management and $150…
 
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings to preview the No. 1 Mavericks' home series against No. 2 St. Cloud, the team that ousted them from the NCAA playoffs in the national semifinal last season. We also preview No. 6 Boston College vs. No. 9 Quinnipiac and No. 18 Nor…
 
How Will Got Into YYGS and Made Evatt Nationals On His First Attempt Ft. Will Gu Australian, Will Gu, recently made it into the Nationals for the prestigious Evatt competition (similar to Model United Nations) on his first attempt! He shares how he accelerated his preparation and how he also got into Yale Young Global Scholars. Resources and links …
 
How This 16-Year-Old Got Internships Through LinkedIn and Built A Coding Community Ft. Sirihaasa Nallamothu Episode Summary Sirihaasa "happy cried" during FIRST LEGO League competitions so she knew her passion was in all things coding and robotics. She has since created an enthusiastic coding community, secured internships through LinkedIn and has …
 
College Tips - How 'Name, Image, Likeness' is a Game Changer For Student Athletes ft. Tessa Berger - Crimson Education Head of Athletics Episode Summary Crimson Education's Head of Athletics and former D1 athlete, Tessa, discusses the wide ranging impact of the recent 'Name, Image, Likeness' policy that allows student athletes to profit from their …
 
The CEO Of Revoteen Talks Connecting Teens To Opportunities ft. Aditya Jain Episode Summary Aditya is 15 and started Revoteen to connect teens to opportunities. The platform has quickly grown to 3000 users with more joining every day. We chat about how he got started, what's next for Revoteen and advice for students wanting to do the same. Resource…
 
How Non-Profit Status Helped Sciencious Reach Thousands! ft. Nathan Nguyen Episode Summary Nathan is the founder and CEO of Sciencious, an organisation bringing STEM education to underprivileged and under resourced students. Nathan shares how the organisation has grown, the competition open to 12-18 year old students everywhere and why registering …
 
Interning at Musk's Neuralink, Blockchain, Making Luck and Studying at Stanford ft. Ananya Chadha Episode Summary Ananya has just finished her first year at Stanford and in her spare time, is the youngest intern at Elon Musk's Neuralink specialising in brain/computer interfaces. In this chat, she reflects on the moments to led her to where she is t…
 
In the final episode of the AP Mini Series, AP Psychology teacher, Audrey, talks about how she came to love AP Psychology, why it's the perfect foundation for many college courses and how it's often so different from what students think psychology is! Want to join Audrey's online AP Psychology class this September? Click here to learn more and appl…
 
Crimson Global Academy teacher, Mr Simpson, describes AP Calculus as both a beautiful course and the toughest high school course there is. In this chat, Mr Simpson gives an insight into the level of math in AP Calculus, what makes the exam so difficult and how students get a top score. If you enjoyed this episode of the Top of the Class Podcast, ch…
 
The AP Mini Series - How to Crush Computer Science A with Mr Chang Episode Summary In this mini series, teachers from the Crimson Global Academy come on the show to give you an insight into their subject, how to know if it's right for you, how to get a top score and more! The AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum is super popular for students all arou…
 
The Youngest Ever Chess Grandmaster ft. Abhimanyu Mishra Episode Summary The Top of the Class welcomes Abhimanyu Mishra as this week’s guest. Abhi recently broke a 19-year-old world record in becoming the youngest ever chess Grandmaster at just 12 years of age. Abhi gives an insight into his journey including how he trains, what his next goal is an…
 
Guest: Carol Lyrio - Crimson Education Strategist and Duke University alum from São Paulo, Brazil. Carol discusses the five hurdles of college admissions - finance, academics, extracurriculars, essays and strategy - with advice for students to overcome each one. Are you aiming for Ivy League schools and other top US and UK universities and want the…
 
The World's Youngest TEDx Speaker ft. Adam El-Rafey Episode Summary Adam is prolific on podcasts and stages around the world and he has been turning heads with his 'Youngest Guy in the Room' series. He's also 11-years-old. In this episode, Adam talks through his six key points for education reform, the three challenging stages he had to show his ol…
 
Guest: Karthik Nemmani - winner of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Summary: How competitive spellers train Why top spellers are often STEM students 1 in 11,000,000 - that's what Karthik Nemmani became when he won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most prestigious academic competitions in the world and one that starts being t…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has given students around the world the opportunity to innovate with the aim of saving lives. One such student is 15-year-old, Jai, who has created a Whatsapp chatbot, WhyQ. Jai talks through how he is reducing people's time in stores with the chatbot, why he didn't create an app and how the WhyQ team has grown bigger and smar…
 
In the last year, the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum has taken on greater importance for students from around the world who are aiming to apply to top colleges. Podcast co-host, Jamie, runs through exactly why APs have become such an important part of the US college application, what students can expect from the curriculum, how hard some of the…
 
Eunice is the first student from her school to get into the Ivy League and she has set the bar high as a Harvard admit on full scholarship. Alongside her Harvard admission, Eunice is a Coke Scholar, Gates Scholar and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. Eunice shares her journalism related extracurriculars, why she felt bitter about the application process and…
 
Hey there! Have you ever thought that podcasts are great and all but where's the comments section?! Well, we're doing an audio version! Send your comment for me to read out or you can send an audio clip to me at my email address or on Twitter. This could be your thoughts on previous episodes, shoutouts to the guests you loved hearing from, question…
 
Carlos has just finished writing his 100th Nano Story exploring and explaining the technology that happens at the size of atoms and molecules. In this episode, we chat about how he got interested in nanotech, research tips, why he chose to teach through the nano stories and what colleges he has an eye on. Carlos welcomes listeners to connect with h…
 
Brazilian engineering and STEM focused student, Isadora, could barely believe she had gained admission to Stanford especially given the generous financial aid that it came with. She shares the challenges she faced moving school four times, what she wrote for her essay, all about her main extracurricular, MAIS, and the advice she has for future appl…
 
When COVID-19 hit India hard, 16-year-old Daksh started off volunteering but after a tragic accident, he realised he needed to do more. He developed and sold 100,000 PPE kits and has since started an initiative to help connect people with the oxygen tanks and medication people sorely need. In this episode, Daksh shares how he got started and gives …
 
São Paulo student, Gui, has a standout extracurricular profile any engineering student would be proud of including holding a provisional US patent and being published in an international science journal! Here's some pics of a few of his projects! In this episode, he gives us an insight into how he showcased his passion for engineering and gained ad…
 
Australian high school student, Tim, has always had the entrepreneurial spirit but his latest venture has him and his family co-founders all over the news. Starting in April 2020, the Bubble Tea Club has attracted 30,000 customers and $2M in sales. Tim talks us through all the roles he has filled to now being the CTO, the late nights they spent pac…
 
UK student and self proclaimed space nerd, Angelika, recently gained admission to Georgia Tech to study aerospace engineering. Georgia Tech isn't as well known as some other big name colleges but for engineering degrees, it is up there with the very best. Angelika talks through the challenges of the essay, what she learned about asking for feedback…
 
Sophie is heading to MIT, ranked #1 in the world by QS Top Universities. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Sophie shares with us her science focused extracurriculars as well as the role dancing and meditation played in her application. She talks about her SAT, the different essays required by MIT and what role her Crimson team played in helping her to secu…
 
Australian student, Evina, recently gained admission to Oxford University to study law and can't wait to start her journey. In this episode, she gives some fascinating insights into the interview process and the personal statement, the extracurriculars that helped show admission officers she held a true passion for the law and what career path she …
 
Meera has undergone rapid personal growth in the past 12 months from spending 12-16 hours a day on her phone to now researching gene editing, getting into competitive summer programs and even having an internship. In Grad 8, Meera shares how she broke her phone addiction, how she conducts scientific research from home and the strategy she used to l…
 
While many 14-year-olds love to read, Risha has taken it a step further and has two published books and is already working on her third. We chat about where her ideas come from, what Pinterest has to do with it and what it was like to work with an established publisher. Check out Risha on Amazon or connect with her on LinkedIn. Are you wondering ho…
 
South African student, Michael, got into Oxford University's prestigious PPE program. Michael spoke with Crimson CEO, Jamie Beaton, about how his experience in debating helped him choose PPE, his crazy exam schedule and more. Are you aiming for top universities like Oxford and want the support of Crimson experts? Request a free consultation with an…
 
UK student, Wayne, was recently admitted to Duke and UCL among others and has committed to Duke. We talk about his Common App essay of a memory involving ice cream, starting a drone club and a biochemistry ethics debating competition and why he chose Duke. Are you aiming for top colleges like Duke and UCL and want the support of Crimson experts? Re…
 
On Episode 5 of The River Rundown, we talk with Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser '17 about his career in Cambridge, his difficult journey to make an NFL roster, and his success with the Titans so far these last three years. We touch on Firk's memorable individual performance against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the playoffs, …
 
Will's story has been shared around the world but in this episode, he goes into how he set he managed to raise more than $100,000 for local food banks by selling vanilla extract. Learn the steps Will took to launch his organisation, Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow, how he gained traction and what he had to do to manage the spike in growth along with school.…
 
Australian student, Oscar, recently gained admission to UPenn's Wharton School, Yale, Cornell and NYU just to name a few. He is joined by his Crimson Education Strategist of 2+ years, Mason, to discuss subject selection, building on extracurriculars, essays and why he chose Wharton over his other options. Are you aiming for top colleges like Wharto…
 
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