Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on June 25, 2008
As we reported a little more than a year ago, helicopter parents are cementing their positions in their child’s MBA search. According to graduate school admissions officers who attended the first annual Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) conference, it would not be wise for parents to dabble too much into the admissions process.
Says Scott Shrum, director of MBA admissions research of Veritas Prep and AIGAC spokesperson, “When parents lead their child through the process, this lack of introspection often emerges in the applicant’s admissions essays or evaluative interview.”
This is a warning call to the millennials—students born in or after 1982—that admissions officers want to hear from the applicant than their parents. When does it become appropriate for students to tell their helicopter parents “enough is enough,” when they have nurtured and guided them their entire life? -Matthew Lawyue