Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Harvard Student Was An Imposter

When I submitted my own college applications over 20 years ago now, I remember wondering whether the admissions departments from all of these schools could possibly fact-check all the little details in the tens of thousands of applications that they were deluged with each fall.  And if not, might there be students getting into some of these prestigious schools merely because they had dared to entirely falsify their academic and personal backgrounds?  

Well, as this 2 minute piece from ABC's Good Morning America today reveals, it turns out it was possible all along.  Adam Wheeler would have gotten away with it, too, if he hadn't doubled down and subsequently applied for Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships. (It turns out that he had not received "perfect" SAT scores or attended MIT as he had claimed, but rather had previously been kicked out of Bowdoin college in Maine.)

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