SANDY VERSUS THE ADCOM: WHO YOU GONNA BELIEVE ??????????
The disagreement raises interesting questions over how schools make their admissions decisions. Sandy Kreisberg, an admissions consultant who follows HBS closely, thinks schools should avoid giving politically-motivated groups any sway over their decisions. “It would mean second-guessing military admits from scores of countries, including America,” said Mr Kreisberg.
News from the schools
May 26th 2006
DESPITE his low approval rating, George Bush’s recommendation still goes a long way. Just ask Blake Gottesman. Mr Gottesman is the president’s 26-year-old personal aide, responsible for carrying his breath mints, logging his telephone calls and dog-sitting his Scottish terrier. In June the self-described “luckiest college dropout” in America, will leave the White House to enrol at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where the president himself studied.
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Sanford Kreisberg, an admissions consultant who follows HBS closely as the head of Cambridge Essay Service, says he is not surprised by the decision: “HBS likes political figures of all stripes it is a variety of leadership, their key mantra.” Mr Kreisberg also believes the admissions committee was impressed with Mr Gottesman’s ability to fit into a “high-stress elite” environment. Although HBS claims there is no single formula for a successful application, a recommendation from the president is one formula it finds hard to resist.