Some folks visit colleges by car. Some folks visits colleges by bus. And still others visit colleges by private jet. That’s right. By private jet. Today, we thought we’d poke a bit of fun at a service that takes students around by private jet to tour colleges. On these private jet tours, as reports David Millward for “The UK Telegraph” in a recent piece entitled “New private jet service for ultra-rich prospective students has noses out of joint,” “In between visiting campuses, students stay in a Mandarin Oriental hotel and the arduous process of visiting colleges is eased by a customised ‘care package’. Goodies include a ‘de-stress bodywash’, a monogrammed laundry bag and – just to give that authentic campus feel – ‘gourmet dorm room treats’ specially prepared by a hotel chef.” Yes, you read that correctly. A de-stress bodywash, a monogrammed laundry bag, and it’s all topped off with some dorm room treats. Dorm room treats? Sounds gross.
So our readers are crystal clear, a bodywash, monogrammed laundry bag, and dorm room treats are not going to improve a student’s case for admission to highly selective colleges. So why is it that some parents are choosing to enlist such a service? Is it simply because they don’t want to hit the road and complete the ‘arduous’ process of visiting colleges with their children in tow? If so, that’s ridiculous. Parents hitting the road with their children to visit colleges is a rite of passage. But don’t just take our word for it. Take our word for it in “The UK Telegraph.”
As Millward writes, “Brian Taylor, managing director of Ivy Coach, a New York college consulting firm, believes that using the service may backfire. ‘Turning up in a private jet makes you very hard to like, it makes it look as if you are flaunting your wealth. And some of these private jet companies brag about introducing students to admissions officers. Yikes!’ he said. Mr Taylor, whose firm reportedly charges up to $1.5 million to help a family get a child into an elite college, recommends travelling by car. ‘It’s all part of the rite of passage,’ he said. ‘Our clientele could afford to use a private jet, but we encourage our parents to spend their money more wisely.'”
And don’t think it’s lost on us that we charge a high fee for our services but our services optimize a student’s case for admission. Our services give students the best possible shot of getting into their dream school. Our clients pay so their children put forward the best possible applications — not so they receive de-stress bodywashes and monogrammed laundry bags. Who needs that?
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