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    Filed at 3:41 pm under by dcobranchi

    Spending $15,000 to (hopefully) enhance your progeny’s chances of getting into a top notch university is just a bit insane. I especially like the community service in Thailand. I’m sure she’ll get a lot out of that activity.

    2 Responses to “PARENTS GONE WILD”

    Comment by
    November 20th, 2006
    at 4:13 pm

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    Comment by
    November 21st, 2006
    at 11:19 am

    Actually, “nerd camp” (aka summer camp for gifted kids) can be well worth the money for certain kids. To spend three weeks with other kids who are into all the same geeky things, who get your jokes about math or science, who’ve read your favorite books – the kind of peers who might be hard to find in your local area – this can be a very positive experience.

    I certainly wouldn’t do it to beef up a college application – if you’re not enthused about this kind of thing it’s a total waste of money. You should be doing something you *are* enthused about during your summer, even if that’s surfing!

    On the other hand, it’s not a bad idea, if you’re headed towards a highly selective college, to at least be aware that activities undertaken during the high school years (volunteer work, employment, hobbies, special projects, etc.) will likely end up being documented on your college apps.