What is it like to live in ultra-aspirational Palo Alto, gain experience as a Stanford University admissions officer, work privately with ultra-ambitious students seeking admission to elite colleges, and mother three children who don’t fit into the idealized Silicon Valley model of high-achievement? You can find out in this informative, lively interview with Dr. Irena Smith about her book, The Golden Ticket: A Life in College Admissions Essays.
In this intimate, astute, and wide-ranging memoir, Dr. Irena Smith shares her journey of setting up the perfect life in one of the most coveted suburbs in America and learning that the universe had other lessons for her – lessons she hadn’t necessarily asked for but perhaps needed, like what it means to truly honor your child’s uniqueness. She also imparts her insight on how we can create more authentic relationships with our kids.
We talk a little bit about Stanford admissions, too! And there’s the section connecting Dr. Smith’s work to Malcom Harris’s Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and The World. It was a pleasure speaking with my friend and colleague, Dr. Irena Smith, during this in-depth interview. I hope you enjoy it!
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