Affluent high school students are preparing to write college applications at essay camp, reports the Wall Street Journal.
If 15-year-old Anna Zvagelskaya were a shoe, she writes, she would be pink, with a very pointy toe, a flared heel, straps and a diamond buckle.
It’s five months before the application deadline at most elite colleges, and a year and five months before Ms. Zvagelskaya’s application is due at Harvard, her top choice. But on a summer day here at Tufts University, the San Francisco high-school junior and a dozen other teenagers are enrolled in a two-week college-application camp, spending two hours a day in class — and hours more each night — crafting the essays that they hope will vault them to the head of the college queue.
I’m in Raleigh for a few days and had lunch with Betsy Newmark, who showed me Raleigh Charter Academy, where she teaches, and e-mailed me this story. Betsy doesn’t think colleges are looking for kids who write phony, mannered essays. Or for shoe fetishists.