The National Leadership Academies Continue Ivy League Advice For Aspiring High School Students

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In a video series, Ivy League students talk straight with America’s best and brightest high school students to give them a realistic idea of what lies ahead. The National Leadership Academies have released the second video in this series that is available to watch now.

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In the National Leadership Academies video series Ivy League students talk straight with America’s best and brightest high school students to give them a realistic idea of what lies ahead. The second interview has been released on the Academy YouTube page.

Princeton students and award-winning aspiring medical scientist, Janelle Tam has teamed up with the National Leadership Academies to provide current high school students an exclusive insight at how Ivy-League university students have accomplished their goals to date and what students can do to achieve and reach their ambitions.

Janelle Tam is the winner of the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge of Canada. She is a current senior at Princeton University where she is majoring in Molecular Biology with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Tam is a speaker and mentor for students at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held outside Boston, Massachusetts. The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is an annual gathering of the nation’s best and brightest future medical leaders who possess leadership potential and a desire to contribute to the profession of medicine as a physician or medical scientist.

The colleagues Janelle interviews in this series offer unfiltered guidance and personal experiences on overcoming failure, handling the stressful college admissions process, and advice they would give to the high achieving students of America today to remain successful.

In the interview series, Tam dives into several Princeton students lives, in different majors and graduation years. The diversity of these interviews ensures that leading students, no matter their desired career are privy to privileged information to help them succeed. Students can expect to see conducted interviews with; a current medical student enrolled in an Ivy-League M.D./Ph.D. program, a former Olympian, and a filmmaker.

In the second video of the series, Tam sits down with Eric Hayes, a junior majoring in physics at Princeton with a passion for filmmaking. The two talk about his experience making his own film, how to combine things you are passionate about, and what it was like applying for colleges in the United States.

Hayes gives students a better look into his love of science and filmmaking, “I'm passionate about stories, stories that get me excited about the world. Especially ones that give me a sense that the world is a much larger, more mysterious place than simply myself” Hayes said.

Students can also expect to receive some advice on confidence and how important it is to achieve your goals. Hayes informs students, “I think part of it for me, has always been thinking about “what are your strengths”; of being honest with yourself and, when you've figured out what it is that you would like - or what it is that you think you're good at - not being afraid to give yourself credit to actually pursue those things".

The National Leadership Academies support America’s high achieving high school students through career and focus-area programs and services. By creating the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, the National Leadership Academies are positioned to support students with the skills, motivation, guidance and mentorship they need to stay on track to achieve their goals.

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