Posts Tagged With: college admissions

Faking ADHD Gets You Into Harvard

Just when you thought the debate couldn’t get any stickier, here’s another layer from Heidi Mitchell that will make you shake your head.  Who’d have thought that meds and entrance to Harvard would be in the same sentence? {EF}

Steven decided to dupe his doctor when he returned from his elite boarding school exhausted by the intense competition there. He needed an edge to help him, he felt. So through written evaluations from teachers and his parents, and by deliberately failing tests, he succeeded in getting himself diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and was given both his in-school tests and his SATs untimed. Eventually Steven, which is not his real name, was accepted to a top college in upstate New York, although he no longer takes medication, nor does he consider himself ADHD. The ADHD diagnosis, and the benefits that came with it, he acknowledges, helped him beat the competition.

Welcome to the new way to get into America’s best colleges.

LINK: Faking ADHD Gets You Into Harvard

Post Source: The Daily Beast

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“I am not Asian”

Whatever your stance…this is one that’s sure to generate some more conversation. Within admissions circles, it already has…

Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white.

“I didn’t want to put `Asian’ down,” Olmstead says, “because my mom told me there’s discrimination against Asians in the application process.”

For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it’s harder for them to gain admission to the nation’s top colleges.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE: Some Asian Students Don’t Identify As Asian For College Admissions.

Post Source: Huffpost Education

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