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Susan Lammers

Hey Janet, Speaking of overachievers and great talks. I went to hear Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) speak on Monday, November 13 at University Prep The talk addressed today’s college admission landscape and strategies for managing the application process to yield successful, healthy outcomes for students and families. Jones is a national spokesperson on the changes in today’s college admissions climate, speaking out strongly against the pressures it induces in students and parents. Her new book, ‘Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond, co-written with pediatrician, Kenneth Ginsburg, delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college and building resilience to meet challenges today in the future.

You could hear the audience breathe a collective sigh of relief listening to her. She was funny, savvy, honest, and utterly delightful and engaging. If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, jump at it. One thing she remarks about is how they are seeing less "creativity" in their students because kids are so much more programmed via structured activities than they used to be. She also talked about how MIT is dealing with this in their applications review process to look for the diamonds in the rough. She also talks about how this generation is so "Other/External" oriented, many looking to measure up with external standards and status markers and that this could be bad for their psyche and ability to express their individuality. Very insightful.

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