Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, is featured extensively today in an article of “Business Insider Australia” entitled “Don’t Waste Money Sending Your Kids To Those Fancy College Summer Camps.” Heck, the title of the article is certainly inspired by many of our blogs and articles. We’ve been calling summer enrichment programs at highly selective colleges fancy college summer camps for years. We sure are glad that it’s catching on! If you haven’t seen Bev speak on the topic of these fancy summer camps at colleges, check out this video from “The Huffington Post Live.”
Anyhow, in the piece in “Business Insider,” Bev is quoted as saying, “‘When mummy and daddy have spent $US 6,000-10,000 dollars so that Johnny can take two courses, when Johnny could have taken those two courses at a local community college for under $US 1,000, it looks bad.” According to the article, “Taylor tells her student clients not to attend the programs. And if it’s too late and they mistakenly spent the summer taking biology courses in Costa Rica, she tells them to leave it off their applications. ‘We see it as a big turn off to admissions counselors,’ Taylor says. ‘These programs are sleep away camp with a couple of courses. It looks like the kid has no imagination and couldn’t come up with something on his own.'” Well said indeed!
The piece goes on to say, “Taylor even goes so far as to say that they can hurt your admissions chances. ‘Lets say a student goes to a Brown summer program and applies early decision to Brown and doesn’t get in. Now they’re applying regular decision to all these other schools and they put Brown summer program on their resume. If you were an admissions person from Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, what would you think?'” Instead, what should students be doing, you ask? As Bev is quoted in the piece, ““Find a local private college, or a community college, or do some research helping a professor. We have students who may volunteer their time working in a local museum giving tours. Find something that you’re passionate about, and do that. And it’s going to have a lot more weight than going to one of these fancy summer camps.” We couldn’t agree more. Which makes good sense. Because they’re quoting us!