Episode #68: How my student landed an extraordinary opportunity using his Passion Project

In today’s episode of Demystifying College Admissions, I’m bringing you a conversation I had with an incredible student on mine named Richie. Richie is a freshman in the 9th grade who decided to “just do it” and go all-in on his passion project, Teens Against Racism. He reveals how he got this passion project off the ground, and the significant accomplishments the organization has received already – in less than one month.

I wanted to share Richie’s success story with you so that you can learn more about how to step up, and level up your college admissions game. His story is so inspiring, and it proves that anything is possible for you too.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • The “spark” that got Richie started on his passion project, and the amazing success he’s achieved in under one month
  • Why I feel that him putting himself out there has led to much of this success
  • Richie’s best advice for other students looking to start their own passion projects
  • The way he has been able to overcome “imposter syndrome” and to stop comparing himself to others
  • What part of our system Richie believes was the most important to get him started on his journey

NOTABLE QUOTES:

Oftentimes racism is seen as a trendy movement, and I was thinking that especially for our generation there are many kids who just don’t understand it.
I get to take my passion project, my project that I really like to do, and take it to the next level and scale it up. I executed it and now I’m scaling it up and making it more public.
You can’t see yourself from the perspective of others. You have your own story, your own background and your own passions.”
Brainstorm, plan, strategize, execute and scale. That’s it. That’s the strategy.”

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By Julie Kim Ed.M Harvard University