Olympian Ivy League Student Inspires High School Students Nationwide in Series for the National Leadership Academies

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The third video has been released by the National Leadership Academies that allows high-achieving students to hear from a former Olympian on her athletic and academic journey.

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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 third 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 look at how Ivy League university students have accomplished their goals to date and what students can do to achieve their ambitions.

Janelle Tam is the winner of the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge of Canada. She is currently a senior at Princeton University, where she is majoring in molecular biology with a certificate in global health and health policy. Tam is a speaker to 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 as a physician or medical scientist.

The colleagues Janelle interviews in this series offer today’s high-achieving students unfiltered guidance, advice, and stories of personal experiences in overcoming failure, handling the stressful college admissions process and remaining successful.

In the interview series, Tam dives into several Princeton students lives, in different majors and various 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 interviews with a current medical student enrolled in an Ivy League M.D./Ph.D. program, a filmmaker and a former Olympian.

In the third video of the series, Tam sits down with Ariel Hsing, a senior majoring in economics at Princeton with an accomplished table tennis career. The two talk about her experience as a table tennis Olympian, how she handled setbacks in both her sport and education, and the importance of finding great mentors.

Hsing gives students a look into how she thinks hard work will better her future. “Sometimes you have to work hard on things that you don't particularly enjoy, but I try to think of it in the grand scheme of life. Even if I'm doing a homework problem that might not be completely relevant to me, I hope that one day I can use that little kernel of knowledge in some way,” Hsing said.

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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