Ivy League admissions…HOW?!
“This question is for both of you kind of. For you crazy jewish mom, I was wondering how you were able to prepare and help Kate get into an ivy league school. To Kate I was wondering what classes/extracurriculars you took in high school to help you get into Princeton. I’ve always wanted to go to Columbia but it seems impossible! Please send your help and advice” – Gigi
@CrazyJewishMom: “Help Kate get into an ivy league?” I FORCED Kate to get into an ivy league.
@KateFriedmanSiegel: Yes, that’s correct. It was terrible.
@CrazyJewishMom: She loves me for it.
@KateFriedmanSiegel: I actually do. College was an incredible experience, and my mom was a huge part of why I was able to get into a good school.
@CrazyJewishMom: Okay listen to me, Gigi. I’m very good at this. Columbia is a fabulous college, so you need to start preparing NOW. I don’t care how old you are, I started with Kate in 4th grade.
@KateFriedmanSiegel: Okay, that’s not true. Don’t freak out; you have plenty of time. I didn’t really start thinking seriously about this stuff until high school. My mom certainly started planning while I was in utero, but she is a Drone Mom, so that’s just kind of the deal.
@CrazyJewishMom: Enough with the smalltalk. You want to know how I got Kate into Princeton? By forcing her to study…she was already a nerd, so it’s not like she had any parties to go to.
@Kate FriedmanSiegel: Cool, thanks for that, mom!
@CrazyJewishMom: Well, it’s true. Gigi listen, you absolutely have to do well in school and get good SAT scores to start, but these colleges see thousands of class presidents with millions of hours of community service, and perfect SATs, and A’s in 600 AP classes. The most important thing you can do is make yourself stand out. You have to do one thing really well…forget the well rounded crap. If you play tuba, get hired to play tuba in a big time orchestra. If you’re not the best athlete at your school, quit and do something else: you’re not going to get recruited. If you’re crazy for archeology, get a summer job working on an important excavation dig somewhere! For Kate, the special thing was SUPPOSED to be water polo, but she quit in 10th grade.
@KateFriedmanSiegel: You have to give that up, mom. It worked out without water polo. I got into college. Life is fine.
@CrazyJewishMom: Nope, never.
@KateFriedmanSiegel: I wish there were a text equivalent of an eye roll emoji that I could insert here. I do agree though that it’s very important to stand out. I quit water polo, because I was doing a lot of theater and writing at the time, and I was able to focus all my energy on my passion.
@CrazyJewishMom: And don’t get hung up on one school or just ivy leagues! There are a lot of great colleges out there.