Nicole Oringer’s (Founder of Ivy Ed) monthly blog tackles the importance of curiosity in the academic, career, and personal growth of our youth. Enjoy! 

On Curiosity I will never forget a student who was admitted to Yale and when asked by her peers how she got in, she responded that the way to get into Yale is not to try to get into Yale. Clearly a smart young woman who had excelled in challenging classes, her experiences reflect the idea that selective colleges are seeking students who are genuinely interested in learning. They want to admit students who will be both engaged and engaging on campus. With this idea in mind, I often quote author/artist Austin Kleon: “If you want to be interesting, you have to be interested.” Truly interested students will seek ways of learning way beyond the classroom. They may take classes at community colleges to enhance their knowledge of zoology, or spend a summer studying ornithology. I have found that Generation Z (students born between 1995 and 2013) are “do it yourselfers,” having grown up with YouTube videos and as such, many students listen to podcasts.  Engaging in the learning process can be exciting and there’s endless content out there. Some of my favorite podcasts that I recommend to students include: 

How I Built This 

Business Wars 

This American Life

Malcolm Gladwell’s Freakonomics

Science Friday

Radio Lab

The Bowery Boys  

I have been an avid listener and I’m now informed about entrepreneurs, NYC landmarks, and character development. I am working my way toward being interesting, so I can only imagine how impactful just listening to these podcasts can be on a teenager seeking knowledge. 
In this high pressure process of finding a “best fit” college, developing a sense of curiosity is one way to ensure that regardless of the destination, it’s sure to be a meaningful journey. 

Nicole Oringer, Founder