這款申請人, 哈佛不想收

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最近哈佛審核上歧視亞裔學生的官司新聞鬧得沸沸揚揚, 各方意見紛紛, 官司最後會怎麼判決, 對亞裔學生的藤校路會如何影響, 我們都很期待結果. 但是我認為近期這篇哈佛校刊的相關文章是值得參考的, 例如文中這位在審核員訓練課程中被當作負面例子的Megan (假名)差點就被哈佛拒於門外. Megan雖然是位各方面非常優秀的申請人, 卻因爲學校的師長疑似幫倒忙的推薦信, 加上略顯驕傲的自傳內容讓部分審核員們對她印象不佳, 於是她的案件在審核過程中陷入了錄取跟不錄取的膠著辯論。

一路驚險的最後這位Mega敗部復活的被順利錄取, 也許是福星高照, 但她的申請結果當然也極有可能會是完全慘敗的。

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/10/24/why-harvard-hits-pause/

除此之外, 文中也傳遞了一些重要的訊息:

Harvard admissions officers are looking for academic superstars who have overcome adversity in their personal lives and can offer a clear vision of what they would accomplish in Cambridge.

哈佛審核員尋找的是能夠克服個人生活逆境的學術超級巨星,並能夠清楚地了解他們未來在劍橋市想追求的成就。

In almost every case that ended in a Harvard “yes,” one more factor came into decisive play — the applicant’s charisma.

在幾乎所有被哈佛大學錄取的案例中,都有一個決定性的因素 – 申請人的個人魅力。

The document lists “pause factors” for each candidate. These more problematic traits — including less impressive grades, uninspiring extracurriculars, and excessive braggadocio

該文件列出了每個申請人的“暫停因素”。這些有問題的特徵包括令人印象不佳的成績,平淡無奇的課外活動和過度的誇大其詞。

Admissions officers also took note of activities outside the classroom. Reviewers mentioned that at least three candidates failed to find an “extracurricular niche” in high school.

審核員也注重課外活動,而且案例中至少有三名申請人沒能在高中找到“屬於自己的課外活動”。

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