Episode #73: How Creating a Passion Project Shifted Her Mindset

As mentioned recently, we’re switching the podcast up a bit to share the behind-the-scenes happenings here at Julie Kim Consulting. 

If you don’t already know, I have a signature digital program called The Passion Project Bootcamp, with a lot of incredible students enrolled in it. I’ll be sharing the 1-on-1 coaching sessions I have with these students here on the podcast, to not only benefit each of them, but to also help you as the listener out as well. 

Today’s call is with Sonya, a junior in high school whose passion project has instilled a sense of purpose and a mission in her. 

Creating a passion project has not only created a standout factor for Sonya’s application, but she’s feeling so excited about it, which you’ll hear today in this conversation. She asks me some important questions around mindset, specifically how to not feel guilty when she doesn’t complete everything on her to-do list, as well as what she can do to stop comparing herself to others (and who hasn’t done this)! 

We also look at how to incorporate passion projects into college essays, the way to get published in newspapers and magazines, and I even edit and make suggestions on the Profesor Outreach email that she is sending out to professors. 

There is a lot of strategy and mindset tips packed into this episode! 

Awesome news!!

The Passion Project Bootcamp is open for enrollment from Monday, October 12th, 2020 to Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 11:55 pm PST! Enrollment only happens twice a year, and we’re offering $500 off the price with the Code “OCT2020”!

We’re also including bonuses that we’ve never added before, including 4 coaching calls, How to Land Research Positions Training Session, and How to brainstorm your Passion Project Zoom session. Make sure to head over to https://juliekimconsulting.com/ppbc to join this round of The Passion Project Bootcamp, and if you are currently a student of the program, you will also get all of the new bonuses listed too!



  • How to stop feeling guilty about procrastination 
  • How to incorporate her passion project into college essays, and what you can to use her personal life in the process 
  • Tips for getting published in newspapers and magazines, and the basics of The Professor Outreach System we teach to students 
  • The actions steps Sonya can take moving forward and the biggest takeaway she’s gotten from The Passion Project Bootcamp 
  • What to consider about SATs and the college application process during this pandemic 


Your priority is your GPA. If you don’t have a good GPA, then it’s hard no matter what you do.
You have to sell your story, and your passion project will most likely be the climax of your story.
From now on in terms of mindset, I’m going to look at people as inspiration rather than it bringing myself down.
I really love talking about racial equality and things like that, because I’ve always cared about those things and I experienced them when I first came here. Merging those things I care about together was really invaluable to me.


Getting into Ivy League & Top-tier colleges doesn’t require perfection.

I repeat: You do NOT have to be perfect.

You also don’t have to spend a million hours volunteering, get perfect test scores, or be a star athlete.

What is required is understanding How to STAND OUT.

Join me for the FREE #ACCEPTED Masterclass where you’ll learn:

Passion Project Bootcamp is a digital course where you get my proven framework to brainstorm, strategize, execute, and scale your Passion Project, so you can get into your Ivy League or Top-tier school of choice!

Using my 4-step framework, you’ll create your BEST Passion Project that will capture the attention of the college admissions officers you want to impress.


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By Julie Kim Ed.M Harvard University