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Bleav in the Ivy League podcast is your #1 source for all things in the Ancient 8 conference. We are your premiere destination for Ivy League Basketball and Football as host Tom Barton takes you around the conference talking about the best games, best players, and key match ups coming up.
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Equipping you to successfully pursue the college of your dreams. I believe that the world needs every student to reach their full potential. College admittance shouldn't hold you back. I'm an educator and Harvard grad who has been in your shoes. I designed this podcast to accompany the Ivy League Challenge (my online course) to support my listeners. I've met with graduates, admissions officers, and professors to identify the criteria used to select candidates. I've crafted a road map for suc ...
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Notes From The Ivy League

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On Notes From The Ivy League we share stories, advice, and encouragement from first-generation/low-income college graduates of the most selective schools in the nation to current college applicants. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/notesfromtheivyleague/support
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The Ivy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Ivy League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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A group of extraordinary gentlemen committed to the greatest fantasy football league of all time (How 'bout of all time). With 15 years in the making, it's time to share our journey with the world with this fantasy football podcast. Tune in to listen to non-football experts, who prioritize fantasy as the 2nd or 3rd most important thing in their lives, discuss football, fantasy and fun times.
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Now that exams have finished up, it is time to shift your focus to your college application essays. I will be hosting a workshop to help you get started, and to make sure that you avoid the biggest mistakes most people make in these essays. Participation in the workshop is free, but you need to register. you can register at TILC.to/BestEssay ----- …
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What do you do when both of your children work hard for an audition, and then one is chosen to perform, but the other is not selected? How should they each deal with the news? I find that musicians develop a unique ability to handle criticism, and also to handle rejection. I hope this episode helps teens everywhere (musicians and non-musicians alik…
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Is an A in a regular class, or a B in an honors/AP class more valuable for me? How do I decide how many APs to take? How do I schedule my classes in order to be as competitive as possible for college? Which high school should I attend? These are a few of the questions that should be straightforward, but end up being quick difficult to decide, becau…
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Are you stressed about what is coming when you fill out the Common Application? Do you worry that you might have gaps in your story that need to be filled, but don't know how to find them ahead of time? I will be hosting a masterclass on May 8th in order to help you answer these questions, and give you clarity about what is important vs activities …
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What gaps might exist in your future application? How can you find those gaps so you can fill them before it is too late? We go through each element of the Common Application to identify how to prepare for every section. ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, visit our website To follow on Instagram: @TheIvyLeagueChallenge To join us on ou…
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Should you sign up for NHS? Is it worth the effort? What about volunteering in general? How much should I volunteer? How many hours is enough? Which type of volunteering is best for my application? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more. ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, visit our website To follow on Instagram: @T…
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April for high school seniors can be a stressful time-- instead of worrying about which schools might admit their application, many seniors now have multiple acceptances, and are anxious to make sure that they make the right decision. Listen in to learn my advice about how to best make that decision, and to make sure that you end up loving your cho…
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If you are willing to spend a few minutes listening to this podcast now, you'll be equipped to save most of the stress coming your way when it comes time to write your essays. You'll need a notebook and a few minutes of time. Watch for these meaningful moments as they occur, and just keep track of them. By the time you need to write your essays, in…
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Join us to hear how to avoid the major mistakes most teens make in their college prep so you can gain an advantage in future college admissions. Registration is now open and will close before class begins on Saturday night. Register at TILC.to/register ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, visit our website To follow on Instagram: @TheIvy…
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Do you ever feel like you don't have enough time? It is common for stressed teens and adults to say "I wish I had more time!" But actually, you don't need more time. You actually need more energy and better clarity. Listen in to discover why clarity and energy are more important that time. ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, visit our w…
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Because college is difficult to prepare for, many families want to begin early. But when they ask how to prepare, too often they are told that there is no reason to start so soon. Many people believe that college prep shouldn't begin until high school. But as long as we don't get stuck in the impressiveness trap, college prep can be healthy and won…
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Most ambitious teens (and their parents, if we're honest) ask the question "what's most ambitious to an admissions officer" early on in the process. They figure that they can sacrifice the things they are curious about for a few short years, then later when they get into their dream college they can start doing those things they love so much. Of co…
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Want to increase your chances of getting into Harvard? My suggestion for you is to cultivate a sincere love of learning. Figure out a way to inject genuine curiosity and excitement into your learning. But how? I've recently read Adam Grant's book Hidden Potential, and I love how a couple of his stories help explain how and why this is such a powerf…
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Parents are so important to teens' success. Even if you feel like your teens are annoyed by you, your efforts are very important. For many reasons, however, parents often have a hard time motivating or inspiring teens. Sometimes the teens assume that the parents are biased and can't see the teens objectively. Other times teens don't want to be cont…
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For those who enjoy this podcast, one question remains very important-- when is the best time to join the Ivy League Challenge? Is grade 8, or 9, or 10, or some other grade the best time? What if my teen is too busy to add this class to his or her schedule? Or the opposite issue-- when is my teen old enough to join? I hope this episode will help an…
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Erica, Claire, and Molly join us to answer questions about what it is like to be in the Ivy League Challenge. Listen in to learn more about what you can expect in the program. ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, visit our website To follow on Instagram: @TheIvyLeagueChallenge To join us on our Facebook group for parents Or schedule a me…
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Attention Juniors! This is the week that you should be sending out your emails to future recommendation letter writers. You've worked hard to be a great student. Your teachers love you. You might think that is enough to ensure you will get a great letter of recommendation. But the reality is that very few teachers ever receive any kind of training …
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In January of 2001, two Dartmouth professors, Half and Susanne Zantop were found murdered in their home in Etna, New Hampshire. A virulent violence drove two boys to kill them at random. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★Sarah Alcorn & Laura Rodrigues McDonald
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Many students join the Ivy League Challenge when they are young. At that stage in your life, it is normal to become excited about executing an impact project, but then to get off track. Twisha joined the Ivy League Challenge as an 8th grader. She loved it, and was excited to start an impact project, but it never quite got off the ground. Because sh…
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Eliza and Rachel are first cousins and are both elite violin performers. When they toured Southeast Asia, I was able to attend their concert in Singapore and even attend a practice session with them. That practice session inspired this discussion on perfectionism in music and in life. One of my favorite interviews of all time. Enjoy! ----- To regis…
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Our Hacking College Admissions workshop begins just a few hours after this podcast goes live. The workshop is free but you must register to attend. To register, go to TILC.to/hack In this interview, Asfi shares her interview about how the Ivy League Challenge helped her in her life and her college prep. She also talks through how she decided on Cor…
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Most ambitious teens spend their high school years pursuing the activities that they believe will make them most impressive to an admissions officer. This takes tremendous effort and sacrifice. But ironically, even if you are successful-- you become the most impressive person in your entire school-- you will eventually discover that there are 30,00…
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Is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program right for you? Once you are committed to the diploma program, how can you ensure your success? Nandita Nair is a senior now whose predicted score is well above 40 (she requested I not share the exact predicted score). In this episode, she discusses the challenges with the IB-- how you should d…
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I recently spoke at a GradAchiever event online. The message aligns closely with what I discuss in my own podcast, and because I am so happy with the free platform that is available, I wanted to share my presentation with my own audience, and encourage you to check them out at www.GradAchiever.com ----- To register for the Ivy League Challenge, vis…
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It’s our absolute pleasure this week to speak with Jane Hitchcock about her wonderful novels about the misdeeds of the one percent. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★Sarah Alcorn & Laura Rodrigues McDonald
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Katie Silverman joined the Ivy League Challenge as a junior, and did an incredible job with her own impact project and supporting others with their projects. I didn't learn until preparing for this interview, however, just how much she grew as a person through the course. In our interview, she discusses how clarifying her core values built her conf…
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