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  •  The worst part.. (4+ / 0-)

    The kid will probably get into Med., Vet or Dental school due to influential parents..Taking a spot away from someone who worked their proverbial asses off..Just saw this with a kid who went to HS with my daughter. He majored in extreme sports and communications in Colorado, took 6 years to graduate with a BA (low gpa)....Just found out from his parents that he was accepted into a Med school..Another classmate of hers,  BS Bio..4.0 gpa is on his third year of applications.

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    by profewalt on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:33:03 AM PST

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    •  I remember when my wife applied to grad school... (6+ / 0-)

      She applied at Harvard and Cornell for the Ivys, U Chicago, Stanford, two state schools (Wisconsin and Indiana), and University of Toronto. (Amusingly, the only ones who turned her down were University of Wisconsin and Indiana University!)

      Anyway, at the Harvard meet and greet for prospective students, the applicants were talking about application process and the subject of rec letters came up...  One guy bragged that he got a rec letter from the Surgeon General.  My wife, impressed, asked "How do you know the Surgeon General?"  

      The guy said he didn't know him.  He wrote the letter himself and his dad had a friend of a friend of a friend who worked at the Surgeon General's office stamp his signature on it.  

      All these kids had similar stories.  

      My wife wasn't impressed.   The people who wrote her recs are pretty well known (if you're a scientist in her field), but she knew each one of them personally.  She still keeps in touch with them all these years later....  

      So yeah, you're absolutely right there.  It all comes down to who you know.    

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