2016 Live Q&A Call:
Hello everybody. I’m Michelle. First off, I want to extend a special welcome from the Admissions Team. We’ve had the pleasure over the last few months to get to know some of you through answering questions, and solving some challenges …
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Hi, this is Richard Rossi, Founder and Executive Director of the Academy. I have a message for you. It’s almost here. Only a few more weeks until the Congress begins. I hope you’re excited because I can’t tell you how pumped-up I am and the team here at the Academy is. We have been preparing for your arrival for almost a year and you’re going to have an opportunity to have your mind blown, and your life changed, and a whole bigger future by the time that you leave the Congress. I know that’s an enormous promise but, I guarantee you that’s exactly what’s going to happen. You’re going to meet your brothers and sisters. You are going to walk in that room and realize, “I’m not alone, I have a tribe. There’s just an enormous number of people that totally get me, that want to be my friend; that want to collaborate with me; that want to help me be successful and that I want to help be successful.” So let me tell you, it’s going to be huge.
Now, there is a bunch of stuff you need to know, so I’m going to be sending you videos on a regular basis between now and the Congress. It’s incredibly important that you watch these. Incredibly important. I know you may not want to but please, please do. I’m going to keep them all super short, under 5 minutes—I hope even under 3 minutes—and I’m also going to put a transcript underneath the video. So, if you don’t even want to watch it, just read what I have to say. You’re whole experience, these 2 and 1/2 days—this transformative moment, these days that are going to truly, truly have an enormous effect on your life—will be so much better if you have this information.
That’s it for today. You’re going to be hearing from me soon but, get ready for one of the greatest experiences of your life. I’ll talk to you soon.
When do the doors open?:
When do the doors open? This video is about what time you can arrive at The Tsongas Center for the Congress. Here’s the deal:
On the first day, the Congress begins at 6pm sharp. You’re going to want to be in your seat at least 15/20 minutes—maybe even 30 minutes—before that so that you can meet the people around you, relax and not feel hurried. The doors will open at 4:30pm, not before 4:30pm, but if you want the best seat, feel free to show up at 4:30pm. If you get there beforehand, you can line up and just hang out if it’s a nice day, right? 4:30pm on, you can enter.
On day 2, and day 3, the Congress begins at 10am sharp, and the doors will open at 8:30am,
So that’s about it. Day 1, you can come as early at 4:30pm. Kick-off, 6pm, but I’d like you there earlier, just so you get settled and acclimated and talk to your neighbors. Days 2 and 3, doors open at 8:30am. Kick-off is precisely at 10am.
Thank you very much. I’ll talk to you soon.
Hi, I hope you are having a fantastic day today. I am recording this video for both the Delegate and the Delegate’s Parents on a very serious and important subject. That is Parent seating. I want you to listen to this carefully, preferably together with your child; and if you’re a child, preferably with your Parent.
Now, we have a problem on opening night. Let me tell you what that problem is. The problem is that we cannot fit your child,you, and other family members into the stadium because we will exceed fire code. The second we exceed fire code, nothing happens. The event, the Congress, stops. The fire marshal shuts the whole thing down. We have very strict rules for opening night.
Now why do I say opening night? Why not for the whole Congress? Well, it’s because everybody wants to come opening night. They want to check it out. They want to be there as things start. Then on day two or three they say, “You know, I can watch this on live feed in my bed,” or, “I think I’m going to go to the museums or go shopping or take a walk down by the river,” or whatever the case may be. But, on opening night, everybody wants to be there, and it cannot happen. My friends, it cannot happen.
Here are the rules: Number one, you will receive one, and only one, family badge with the student badge that is going to be mailed to you. On opening night one, and only one, family member can come with the Delegate to the Congress. Don’t bring two people. It will just be an ugly scene, a very ugly scene.
What will happen is other Parents will be justifiably ticked off that you’re even trying. Then things get ugly at the door. Can you see what’s going to happen? You don’t want that. I need you to only come with one Parent or family member on opening night.
Now on days two and three things tend to become a lot easier, and maybe you can come with two family members, or maybe even more. It just depends on how things work out, but opening night, no way.
Now, two more things. First of all, seating is first-come first-serve. After all the seats are gone, then there’s standing room on two levels. A lot of Parents will come for an hour or two and then leave, so if you get standing room only, you keep your eyes open, you may be able to get a seat quite early on.
The second thing you need to know is that not every seat has a great view. In fact, when we’ve filled all the seats in front of the stage, you can then sit behind the stage. That’s not very good, but it’s better than not being there at all, and we’ll have projectors and speakers so that you can hear and see everything that happens.
Number three is there is not space, even with one Parent, for every single student to bring a Parent. If you can find it in your heart not to come opening night and to watch on the live feed, do it. Then come the next day and the day after that, but there will be Parents that get turned away if we reach capacity.
I’m going to repeat all this one more time because it’s so important. I don’t want us to be embarrassed, I don’t want you to be embarrassed, and for God’s sake, I do not want your child to be embarrassed. You’ll get one badge. On opening night you come with one—and only one—Parent. If you want a good seat you come early. After all the seats are gone, we go to the obstructed view seats. Once those are gone, or maybe even before those are gone, you have the option of standing room on two levels.
When all of that is filled, we stop. If we stop and you’re not able to get in, be cool, be cool. It’s no big deal. You just turn around, go watch on video, maybe come back in a couple of hours and see if there’s room then. Just cooperate. If we all do that on opening night, the rest of the time is going to be a breeze, because as I said, there are an awful lot of Parents that really don’t feel the need to be there after opening night. Let’s face it, Boston is an amazing city. They go into Boston and they have a blast, or they watch the whole proceedings on their iPad, iPhone, computer, whatever the case may be, and as you know, free live feed.
That’s it. Please think about this. Plan it out with your Delegate, decide who’s going to attend opening night, and all will be well. I’ll see you soon.
Hi, let’s talk for just a minute about credentials. What I am about to say should be ridiculously obvious, but let me say it anyway. You are not getting into the Congress unless you have your official Delegate credentials with you and your Parents are not getting in unless, they have their credential as well.
I want you to treat this the way you were a ticket on the airlines or a passport, be sure you pack this and be sure you bring it with you. Now, when are you going to get your credentials? The answer is before the Congress. They have not gone out yet. They will go out soon and you will get them—I promise—in plenty of time for your departure. Be 100% sure that you bring your credential with you to the Congress and that your parent brings their credential to the Congress.
Now, what happens if you lose them? Are you going to be turned away at the door? No, you’re not. We have a reprint desk, but you know what happens? You don’t become the only one that has lost, misplaced or forgotten their credential and as a result, the reprint desk line is really long and boring. You got to stand in it for a long time, maybe even an hour. Don’t do that, just take those credentials when they arrive, put them in a super safe place and bring them with you and all will be well.
Thanks so much and I’ll talk to you soon.
Hi. Today, I want to talk just briefly about how to dress for the Congress. Now, what I want to really talk about is how not to dress for the Congress. What I don’t want to see when I look out there at you: I do not want to see any t-shirts on the gentlemen, I do not want to see any shorts, I do not want to see any blue jeans, and a I do not want to see any flip flops or shoes where I can observe your toes. Got it. The way that gentleman should dress is a collared shirt, observe, a nice pair of slacks. They could be jeans, but not blue jeans. People say, what kind of black jeans? Can I have gray jeans? I’m good with that. Then, closed shoes with socks.
In other words, what I call relaxed professional. You’re going to be there with some of the greatest minds in the world. We need to show respect and since you’re going to be treated like what you are, which is young adults, you need to dress for success. That’s my instruction to you, young men, and young ladies, just think about the female equivalent of that. Obviously, I don’t want you wearing anything where your dad would say, “Go back up to your room and change.”
Just make sure it’s neat. Again, no shorts, no shoes that would not be appropriate to go to—I don’t know—churching or some sort of social event. Just make it nice, make it fancy casual, all right, fancy casual. Now, I hope I’m clear on this. You can look online at the videos of our past Congresses and there’s a lot of place where there are young people talking and standing around and you can see right away how they’re dressed. Do you need to wear—gentlemen—do you need to wear a tie? You do not. Do you need to wear a jacket? No.I’ll be wearing a jacket. You don’t have to wear a jacket, however.
On the other hand, if that’s your thing, if you feel like you wanted to go the extra mile, do it. No big deal. No one is going to judge you and you won’t be alone. If you go to military school, wear your uniform if you’re in the mood to do so, if it’s appropriate, right? It’s just really in the negative. Don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t be proud to wear at a nice party. Just dress for success. Do you feel me? That’s it for today. Thanks.
Okay, let’s talk about the dance. Now, the dance is not supposed to be punishment. I know that some of you are totally into it and some of you are dreading it, because you’re really introverted and you don’t want to dance and that is not your scene. So here’s the deal: it’s not required. We’re going to have plenty of alternative options where you can go hang out with your friends and others outside the dance floor and if it isn’t raining, in fact, outside of the building, so don’t worry about it.
The rest of this video is only directed to you if you actually are going to the dance. What we’re going to do after the end of the Congress, which is about 8pm—eh, it’s actually like 8:30pm—on day three is we’re going to go ahead and bring out our awesome DJ and we’re going to dance until about two and a half hours go by. That’s going to be a long dance, but it’s going to be fantastic. It’s always one of the big, big highlights of this amazing experience.
Really, the only decision that matters is how should I dress. How should I dress? Here’s my advice to you, number one, don’t feel you have to change. Changing is a hassle. I mean, where are you going to change? The bathroom, right? There is no other place you can change. What are you going to do with the rest of the clothes? Are you going to have your mom or dad carry it around? Are you going to hide it somewhere? I don’t know. So, my first piece of advice is just come as you are. It’s cool. No problem. You’ll feel completely and utterly normal. Right?
But, I know that there is a group of you that don’t want to hear this and you’re thinking, “Uh-uh, I’m going to dress up for the dance.” That, my friend, is fine as well. Just understand the perimeters. You are going to be changing in the bathroom and then you got to figure out what the heck to do with your clothes. It’s completely up to you. I would say the majority of people are going to just stay in the clothes that they wore that day. Then, they’ll be a certain number, maybe it’s 25%, that decide to take it up a notch or two and in rare cases even three. If you’re one of those people don’t let me dissuade you; go for it. Just don’t forget the logistics, you got to know what you’re going to do with your stuff after you change. That is it for today. Thanks a lot.
Food at the Congress:
Hi, it’s Richard. Just a few quick words on food. The answer is, there will be food the whole time from the moment the Congress begins to the moment the Congress ends.
If you are hungry, I want you to get out of your seat and get some food. This is not one of those deals where you have to wait until lunch or wait until dinner, you can’t eat at your seat, or anything like that. I want you to feel free whenever you’re in the mood to just get up and go to one of the many food stands that will be around the stadium and just get whatever it is that you would like to eat.
If you are a vegetarian, don’t worry about it. We have you covered. If you are gluten-free we’ll have something for you as well. If you want to eat healthy that option will exist. If you want junk food, there’ll be junk food as well. You’re a young adult, you need to make your own food choices, we’ve got something for everybody. Long story short, don’t worry about it, all will be well. Talk to you soon.
Hi. Let’s talk for a few moments about breaks. As you know, there are 2 long breaks on Day 2 and 3 of the Congress. The first is lunch which is 2 hours, and then dinner which is 2 hours. The question is: What the heck do I do for 2 hours? Isn’t that a really long time? The answer is: Not at all, not at all.
First of all, you’re going to be surrounded by all your friends so you’re going to want to take time to just kick back and relax and talk to them. Number 2: You’ve got to eat, right, so that’s going to take some time. You can go outside. It’s nice weather. It’ll be really great. You can lie in the grass, so kind of recuperate a little bit.
Then there will be mentors, people that you have seen up on the stage and that you would love to have a chance to meet. Many of them will be hanging around, talking to Delegates, so don’t miss the opportunity to get a picture taken, get an autograph, or talk to that person about your personal dreams. Get a little bit of advice. You may never see someone of that caliber again for a very long time. Don’t blow the opportunity if you get it.
Then there are also going to be these really cool, big photo walls with our logo behind them, so you can go up there with your camera and your friends, and get your picture taken. There are also going to be people that are going to want to interview you about your experience at the Congress, so you can go up and get interviewed as well.
There will be all kinds of other things going on, so I just want you to know that those two-hour breaks are just going to fly by, and of course, you want to be back in your seat 10 or 15 minutes before the end of the break, all will be well. It’s a perfect amount of time to just recharge your batteries and hang out, but as I said before, I do not want you to wait for the break. If you want to eat, or if you have to go the bathroom. I want you to simply get up out of your seat anytime you want and do either of those things. You don’t have to wait for the break.
That’s it for now, and I’ll talk to you soon.
Ultimate Med Internship:
Hi, it’s Richard. Today, I want to talk to you about an extraordinary opportunity that I have for a few of the delegates that are attending the Congress. Now, as you know, our goal here at the Academy is after you leave, to prepare you for your future. Therefore, we’re going to have a constant flow of important information, wisdom, tele-seminars, information on how to get to the very best colleges and universities, how to pay for it, how to get your dream job, how to get into the school that you want to go to after college. The whole nine yards. You’re going to feel totally supported and you’re going to have a community that you can be part of throughout the rest of your high school and college time. It’s all free.
But today, I’m going to talk to you about an opportunity that’s huge and it’s not free. In fact, it’s really expensive. But, if you’re someone that this is right for, you’re going to have an opportunity to do something that you cannot do in the United States. We call this the Ultimate Med Internship Program. It’s going to take place in India next summer.
Now listen, here’s the thing. When you watch TV and you watch Scrubs, you watch House, you watch, I don’t know, any of the big shows on medicine. Grey’s Anatomy is my favorite. What is medicine all about? Well, it’s hands on. First of all, it’s gross anatomy. It’s actually working on cadavers and learning about the human body. Second, it’s surgery, it’s actually being in the surgical suite or observing from above. Then having an opportunity to actually talk to and debrief the surgeon about what went on. Then, it’s hands on, going with the doctors into the emergency room, into the clinics and into their offices to meet with real patients and take care of real problems.
Now, this is something you may be wanting so much to do because that’s where your heart lies but, you realize that in this country, it is next to impossible. Now why is that? First of all, it’s because of HIPAA. HIPAA are our privacy regulations, and hey man, they’re a good thing, right? When you go in a hospital, you don’t want anybody knowing your business, and HIPAA makes sure nobody knows your business. But because of that, the chances of a high school student getting into the hospital—or medical school—and doing the things I just mentioned are next to zero. Unless of course, your mom or dad is in medicine and has all kinds of connections. Even then, you get to do it once, maybe twice, and that’s it.
Now, the other reason is because of insurance regulations. What insurance companies wants you in the emergency room or in the surgical suite while the surgery takes place. What do you think they’re thinking? They’re thinking, “Nothing good can come of this. Don’t let those kids in, period. You don’t have a medical degree, no.”
Third, because of the hospitals and medical schools themselves. If we went to them and said we want you to have access to all the things I just mentioned, you know what they’d say? “Why? This is nothing but trouble for us, this is a hassle. We’re not going to do this, we don’t have time, we don’t have money, we don’t have staff, forget it.”
Well guess what, I want to give a small number of you the opportunity to spend two plus weeks doing nothing else but what I just mentioned. Number one, gross anatomy, working every day in the cadaver labs dissecting human cadavers and learning about the human body. Number two, surgery. Spending part of every day watching surgery as it’s performed, beginning to end, and then having the chance to sit down with the surgeon and find out how exactly that surgery was performed and how it turned out. Third, shadowing physicians. Standing side-by-side with them in the emergency room, in the clinics, in their offices as they take care of patient, after patient, after patient. This is what medicine is all about. If it’s your thing, there’s also a visit to the morgue. That’s not my thing—let me tell you, you’re not getting me anywhere near the morgue—but you can spend the night in the morgue and stay there with a doctor as they dissect, as they try and determine causes of death. Just like what you see on TV.
So here’s the deal. If this is something you’re interested in, and let me emphasize again, this is not for everyone. It’s very expensive. You have to be willing to get on a plane and go to India, which by the way is a fantastic country. One of the most visited countries by Americans in the world. An incredibly safe democracy. The people that are going to be escorting you are a team of Educators who have done this before. Because this is not our first Ultimate Med Internship. All of these Educators are incredibly well-trained in just one thing, and that’s making sure that you are safe and you are happy, the whole time.
If you’re interested in this, if this is something that you think is right for you, then I want you to go ahead and read the information below my video and then follow the instructions. Now, it’s really important that you understand how this is all going to work. So let me just review that. I’m going way over my five-minute promise to you, but I think you know this is something special.
So here is how it’s going to work. Because there’s always vastly more people that want to go in this adventure than can be accommodated in the hospitals and the medical schools, and because we want to keep this an intimate experience for you, the only fair way to do this is that on day 3 of the Congress—not the first night, not the next day, but the day after that, day 3—at exactly 1pm, the table will open and you can register first come, first served, and when the spaces are filled, the spaces are filled.
If you are not coming with your Mom and Dad, we’ll give you a way to do it remotely because most likely, you won’t have a way to put down the deposit with you. If you do, so much the better. So you get it? 1pm, day 3 of the Congress, the registration table will open and away we go. So check out the material on this page, follow the links below to see it all and then decide on what you want to do. I hope that you’re going to make the right decision either way, again, it’s not for everyone, but if it’s right for you, it’s going to be mind-bogglingly awesome. Thanks.