Yesterday, I had an unusual conversation.
My client’s daughter got into 10 of the 10 colleges she applied to, receiving $152,900 of scholarships ($611,600 over four years provided that Monique – my fake name for her daughter – maintains a minimum satisfactory GPA).
Monique was a good, not great student.
Her SAT’s were strong, but by no means off the charts.
Monique applied to competitive – not Ivy League or equivalent – private schools.
Monique is NOT an underrepresented minority.
Monique’s family makes about $500K per year.
Mom told me that many of Monique’s soccer teammates had pretty much the same grades and scores as she, but had gotten rejected by many of the same schools.
As they bemoaned this year’s admissions results, Monique’s mom kept her mouth shut, not wanting to rub it in.
I asked one of my typical, self-serving questions, “What do you think the difference was between Monique and the other girls with the same grades and scores?”
I knew the answer. 🙂
Mom reminded me that, back in Monique’s Junior year, I had pressured her (nicely!) into interning at a local business.
Her objection: none of her peers was doing anything like this. Monique questioned whether she should be spending her time this way.
My answer: “That’s EXACTLY why you should be doing it! It’s ATYPICAL!”
A week later, she landed one.
Two months later, three days into her internship, I asked her how it was going.
“I’m so happy! This is TOTALLY what I want to do with the of my life!” She yelled.
“But do you like it?” I asked. (That’s why I get paid the big bucks.)
Once it ended, she added two more mini-internships over the summer and fall. Bingo.
The good news was that the internships solidified Monique’s choice of career
The great news was that this helped Monique stand out to the colleges on her list, get in, and get all those juicy scholarships!