The Genius Girl
In a few weeks, many students will be stepping foot on a college campus for the first time. This rite of passage comes after years of hard work and marks yet another stop on the educational journey. The need for individuals to matriculate in college is an all time high. Research shows individuals with college degrees earn higher salaries, live healthier lives, and engage in civil and democratic life, among others. These pressures often lead some students to break the rules when it comes to the college going process. SAT scandals are too commonplace (that’s the ones we know of).
A 17-year-old South Korean girl lied about her acceptance
to Harvard and Stanford University. She even made claims about Mark Zuckerberg insisting that she should go to Harvard University. She further claimed that both schools came up with a special program for her, so she can attend two years at each institution. Her made up achievements drew the attention of the South Korean media who dubbed her the "Genius Girl". But her lie was exposed ended Harvard does not even have such a program with Stanford.
Is the pressure on students to attend elite colleges too much?