Episode #128 – Navigating The College Admissions Journey As a First Generation Student (PPBC Student Interviews)

In today’s podcast episode, I wanted to reveal what it was like for me as a 1st Generation Korean American to navigate the college admissions process. I also have a lot of insights to share that can be applied if you are an international student or a 1.5 generation student as well, so you’ll want to tune in and listen.

We’re also sharing another series of student interviews with our Passion Project Bootcamp students. In these student interviews, they talk about the importance of mindset and the specific shifts that they made throughout the Passion Project Bootcamp Program, and I can’t wait for you to hear from them here today. These students also share that they will be the first child to go to college in the United States, so I’m sure it will be insightful, relatable, and extremely helpful. 

As mentioned last week, I’m on a mission to transform the college admissions journey, so once a year we host a live event for students and parents from all over the world. This year we are taking it to the next level with a free 3-part video series and live Q&A called The DNA of Accepted Students, where you’ll learn the 3 essential steps to get accepted into your dream college (even if you think you’re not competitive enough). You can watch the first video starting June 20th, with the other videos releasing on June 21st and 22nd, and then on June 22nd at 5 pm Pacific/8 pm Eastern I’ll be doing a live Q&A on Zoom to answer your specific questions. 

Registration is FREE and now open at https://juliekimconsulting.com/accepted. This is an amazing event that I don’t want you to miss out on, because not only will it transform the way you approach your college admissions journey as a high school student, but also the way you live your life!  

Our signature 1-Year Group College Consulting Program, Passion Project Bootcamp, is currently closed for enrollment, but will be opening enrollment in June! To get added to the waitlist and be the first notified, go to https://juliekimconsulting.com/ppbcwaitlist

To start off with our free training, you can register here at https://juliekimconsulting.com/masterclass. This is a (FREE) introductory training for you to get a better idea of how I coach my students. You’ll also learn the 3 essential strategies that you must implement to get accepted in your dream college!

As always, if you have questions, please reach out to our support team at info@juliekimconsulting.com, and I’d love to connect with you on Instagram – I’m at http://instagram.com/julie_kim7



  • My own story as a first generation student navigating the college admissions journey
  • Something that I noticed that didn’t make sense to me about the conventional college admissions process
  • What led to me deciding to focus on quality over quantity in terms of my extra curricular activities
  • Why discovering your strengths, values, passion and potential are all so important for high school students preparing for college admissions
  • More PPBC student submissions about how the program has impacted each of their college admissions journeys 


At the end of the day, you have to stand out. You can’t just feel like being yourself and hope for the best. Yes, being yourself is really important, but you do need to package yourself in a very competitive and compelling way.
Education was my only hope, my only freedom, and my only way to live a better life.
What I noticed growing up as a high school student was why did I have to do all these different things just to impress someone I didn’t even know?
You can’t try to be someone you’re not, and then try to get the goals that you want or achieve the dreams that you want, `{`because`}` you have to be yourself.


[The DNA of Accepted Students] Free 3-Part Video Series and Live Q&A Starting June 20th

[PASSION PROJECT BOOTCAMP WAITLIST] Be the First to Be Notified When Enrollment Opens in June For Our 1-Year Group College Consulting Program! 

[FREE TRAINING] 3 Essential Steps To Getting Accepted Into Your Dream Ivy League & Top-Tier Colleges

[NEXT LEVEL WAITLIST] Our Premier 1-Year Group College Consulting Program – Put Yourself On The Waitlist!


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By Julie Kim Ed.M Harvard University