Princeton Ivy League student gives insight into personal experiences to inspire high school students nationwide in series for the National Leadership Academies

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In the fourth video series from the National Leadership Academies and Janelle Tam, Tam sits down with a colleague from Princeton who shares his personal story to help current high school students understand pursuing goals, college applications, and setbacks.

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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 fourth 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 Tam 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 within different majors and various graduation years. The diversity of these interviews ensures that leading students, no matter what their desired careers are privy to privileged information to help them succeed. As of today, students have seen interviews with a current medical student enrolled in an Ivy League M.D./Ph.D. program, a filmmaker and a former Olympian.

In the fourth video of the series, Tam sits down with Andrew Ng, a rising senior at Princeton with experience in a student-run venture capital firm, Dorm Room Fund. The two talk about how his passion for chess evolved into a passion for startups and how he’d like to help the education field in the future.

Ng gives students a look into how he personally handled setbacks from starting his own company and taking time off of school, “I really want to put myself through a bunch of experiences so that down the road, when I start something again, hopefully in the realm of education, I would have all these experiences to draw from,” Ng 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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