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Finding Balance at Boarding School with Mentor Max Steinert

Max Steinert, a Curious Cardinals mentor and current sophomore at Princeton University, is one of those students who seems to “do it all” – thriving in academics, sports, and his social life – with ease. Max grew up in Concord MA, where he was a day student, or, as he says “95% boarding student,” at the nearby boarding school, Groton. He excelled there in every department: graduating summa cum laude, a math prize-winning whiz, captain of the Varsity soccer team, and dorm prefect.

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How to Set Your 9th Grader Up for Success

Parents often ask me “what do I need to do to get my kid into a good college?” Underlying that question is a visceral anxiety that you as a parent will fail to set your kid up for success before they leave your nest. And the clock is ticking. Wendy, at your kids’ soccer game, said that her kid has straight As, speaks Mandarin fluently, plays three instruments, and is a double legacy at Harvard. I mean, how can you compete with that?

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Building and Launching a Blog Made Easy - with Mentor Berfin Karaman

Berfin Karaman, who grew up in Turkey and pursued four years of global education for her undergraduate degree at Minerva University, has had a lifetime of experiences in her 23 years. With expertise in CSS, HTML, and Java scripts, Berfin knows her way around a website, to say the least! But Berfin’s friendly, approachable demeanor and broad worldview lend to her incredible teaching style, in which she makes coding, web design, and blogging intelligible and enjoyable for her students.

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Student Spotlight: How Natalie Built Blog “Chatz with Natz” to Share Career Advice

A rising sophomore, Natalie R. is an outside-the-box thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit. A longtime Curious Cardinals student and high school Ambassador, Natalie surrounds herself with passionate people and has had close exposure to a startup. So when Natalie contemplates where she wants to be in five, ten years, she’s looking beyond the traditional, well-trodden paths of “lawyer, doctor, engineer.” Through conversations with role models and members of her community, Natalie is scoping out a broader landscape of career paths and opportunities, and wanted to share her insights and wealth of knowledge with fellow high schoolers. “Chatz with Natz” was born.

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Sustainability for Our Present and Future with Mentor Paulina Terrazas

Paulina Terrazas, a junior at Panamerican University in Mexico City, Mexico, has always enjoyed learning “a lot about things that make me understand the world better.” She has a boundless enthusiasm to improve her world, bouncing between and connecting subjects of interest: “anything that can lead me through any curious, new thing that I learned, I'll repeat it for like three weeks until I feel like it's enough and then move onto the next thing. And that's a little about what I do with sustainability.”

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How One Seventh Grader is Schooling his Peers and Parents in Venture Capital

Eighth grader Teddy Goldwyn has been working with his mentor Charlie Paradis for over a year now. Their pairing embodies the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” – when we sat down with both of them, they marveled as they tallied up the months they’d been collaborating together on topics ranging from NFTs, to venture capital, to entrepreneurship and sneaker culture. 

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Expanding Our Concept of Entrepreneurship - with Mentor Nicholas Pez

When someone says “Entrepreneurship,” several iconic titans of industry and modernization may spring to mind–Industrialist Henry Ford, Apple Founder Steve Jobs, or Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe-Herd, to name a few. But sitting down with Mentor Nicholas Pez has helped us rethink entrepreneurship’s 20th and 21st-century connotations of seemingly unattainable celebrity status.

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