I think we are doing education wrong.
In high school, I overachieved for the ultimate goal of getting into an Ivy League school. I did; I’m now a student at Columbia University (a university full of other overachievers). But because the gold star of the Ivy League had been achieved, there wasn’t an obvious next gold star. Big name corporations like Goldman Sachs and McKinsey (which are generally evil, by the way) filled the void.
I think that is the fundamental problem with education. We teach students to reach for generic gold stars — get into a “good” college and find a “secure” job — without teaching them to find their personal gold stars.
My goal is to help students figure out what they — not their parents, not their teachers, not their classmates — actually want out of college, so that overachievers overachieve for goals they genuinely care about.
How I’m doing that
Tune into my college admissions podcast. Every other week, I talk with Don Gonzalez — an old teacher from high school. We talk about all the different parts of the college application and also more “meta” topics about the fairness of the system and how teachers and counselors can better support their students. We bring together the student perspective with the teacher perspective. Tune in here.
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