July 7, 2006
When College Advising Must Cross Cultural Gaps
In the waiting room, before her Dartmouth interview, my student Tiffany noticed a key difference between herself and the other applicants. Parents accompanied the rest of the candidates, and some of them brokered business deals while they sat with their children. "They had their pagers and BlackBerrys," she later told me, "and this one father was talking on his Bluetooth, saying, 'Yeah, let's get that shipped over here and there.'"
Tiffany, a senior in my English class at Cristo Rey