Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Would Any College Reject President Obama’s Daughter?

By Valerie Strauss, Oct 05, 2015 Washington Post

President Obama has given his 17-year-old daughter Malia some college admissions advice. Like many other fathers, he told her “not to stress too much” about getting into a specific college.

Umm, why would Malia, a senior at private Sidwell Friends School who is applying to attend college next fall, stress?

Which college wouldn’t take the president’s daughter?

She might stress about deciding which school is her first choice. Or what to put in her essay. (Imagine the topics. Living in the bubble that is the White House. Meeting world dignitaries. Working as a production assistant on the set of a sci-fi thriller called “Extant” starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg. Interning with Lena Dunham on the set of “Girls.”)

College admission decisions rest largely on grades, test scores, extra-curricular activities and “the hook.” What’s the hook? Something that distinguishes you from everybody else. It could be the fortune your family has donated to a school, or the fortune the school hopes your family will donate.

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