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Playing “Hard to Get” in College Admissions

by Jamie Bryant, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
Lindsey Waters, Associate Director of College Counseling, was slated to give a talk to a live audience at TedX Greenville last spring.  However, like many things scheduled for the spring of 2020, the event was postponed.  Six months later, she delivered her talk on Operation Varsity Blues (2019 college admissions bribery scandal), and we are thrilled to share the video. 
Waters shares her insights on the 2019 scandal that arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities, what it should teach us about evaluating a school's selectivity versus the quality of a school’s education, and how we can best help students as they approach their college admissions decisions.  "We are proud of Lindsey's accomplishment of being chosen as a TEDxGreenville presenter," said Linda Schulz, Director of College Counseling.  "She is a naturally gifted public speaker and a passionate college counseling professional - traits that certainly contributed to her selection."
TedX writes; “The College Admissions Scandal is not so much salacious news about the rich and famous, but more, it is a horrifying illustration of how obsessed we have become with ‘selective colleges.’  As someone who has worked in College Admissions for twelve years, Lindsey can say without a doubt that the selectivity of a college does not equal the quality of education.  Yet we have all trained our brains to think of elite colleges like someone playing ‘hard to get’.  How can we encourage students to expand their horizons while valuing the colleges that will admit them?
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