Why I had to unlearn lessons from my Asian-American upbringing

Read More:  “Selective colleges are open about the fact that they consider qualities such as intellectual curiosity and leadership potential in making their decisions.  And as they should – it is unlikely for someone to leave a mark on society just because of good test scores and even less so if parental pressure was the primary source of motivation.

We are all aware of the tiger parent stereotype of Asian-American parents applying immense pressure on their children to excel academically.  This often occurs at the expense of developing confidence, personal interests, and leadership skills.  While this sole focus on academics may work in Asia where college entrance is entirely exam-based, this emphasis holds Asian-Americans back.”

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