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Turning the Tide at Harvard

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

Featured on the Hong Kong Economic Journal (February 25, 2016)

I once attended a talk regarding college admissions where the speaker used to be an admissions officer at Harvard. I sat in the lecture room as swarms of parents filled the seats of the room, eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated advice that this admissions guru would share with them. This lady shared her experience in admitting students to Harvard and how it has become even more competitive over the years. You could see the tension level of the parents rising in the room as many of them scribbled down notes and took photos of the slideshow presentation. As the talk drew to a close, the audience was invited to ask questions. I was so surprised when the mother of an 8-year-old started asking how she can best prepare her child to be able to get