My wife and I picked up half of my kid’s undergrad and one third of her med school. Merit scholarships, jobs and loans paid the balance.
My daughter went to a very tough college and majored in chemistry. She had a very competitive MCAT score but because she took the toughest possible road her grade point was a little bit below average for people who got into allopathic medical schools. We also live in a state whose allopathic medical schools give seats away to non-residents just to alleviate the boredom of the faculties of those med schools. As a consequence she had all of the odds stacked against her in spite of great letters of recommendation, foreign language proficiency, math and science talent and significant research credits.
On the flip side I have a friend who recently retired as President of a large university which included a medical school. This guy had turned this institution into a powerhouse and was the most powerful man in his community. My daughter applied to this university’s med school and got a secondary application. Her stats were competitive with the people this institution accepted. I will admit that I looked at our address book and telephone every day and thought about calling my friend to intervene to get her an interview. However, I resisted that temptation even though she would have been heartbroken if she hadn’t gotten into an allopathic med school. I knew calling him would be unethical and I didn’t want to be a sleaze bag. She didn’t get the interview there.
Well my daughter got into another allopathic med school. My friend found about her application to med school in our Christmas letter. Because I didn’t want him to feel uncomfortable I have never broached the subject of her admissions travail with him.
My kid will go through life knowing that it was her talent and hard work that got her into med school, residency and fellowship. When she hits the pillow every night she’ll know she did the right thing.
This post is so hilariously bad.
1. Majoring in Chemistry at a "tough college", while possibly tougher than average, is nowhere near the "toughest road possible".
2 "We also live in a state whose allopathic medical schools give seats away to non-residents just to alleviate the boredom of the faculties of those med schools."
Seriously? I've heard parents come up with all sorts of theories about why their kids don't achieve/win something which the parent feels they should have. I think it's something all parents do, so I certainly understand. However, your creativity in this regard is quite remarkable.
3. "My kid will go through life knowing that it was her talent and hard work that got her into med school, residency and fellowship. When she hits the pillow every night she’ll know she did the right thing"
Or if she is as smart as you seem to believe, she will realize that she lucked out by having well-educated, rich parents who could provide her with an environment and educational opportunities that poorer parents could not provide. Somewhere out there in the world is probably a kid who could have been just as smart and successful that didn't have the opportunities that you could provide your child. I suppose in your twisted head she should feel really terrible about this.