Are Asian American college applicants at a disadvantage? Supreme Court debate stirs fear

This LA Times article, featuring a quote from AtomicMind CEO Leelila Strogov, was printed in the Sunday paper on November 6, 2022.

This LA Times article by Teresa Watanabe, featuring a quote from AtomicMind CEO Leelila Strogov, was printed in the Sunday paper on November 6, 2022.

"But such actions — the early tutoring, the parent-driven resume building — may backfire, said Leelila Strogov, CEO and founder of AtomicMind, a New York-based education technology company offering college coaching. She said Asian Americans, who make up about 70% of her 60 or so clients, face scrutiny from admission officers over whether they are “counterfeit kids,” those molded by helicopter parents, or self-driven students reflecting their own authentic passions and talents.

She said Asian Americans should not deny their identities — “You have to own who you are,” she said — but strive to stand out from a crowd with such activities as original research supervised by a high school teacher who can validate the work. They should also confound stereotypes that Asian Americans aren’t intellectually curious or are more interested in making money than improving society by reading literature and philosophy, for instance, or launching activities to improve society, she said."

This article is also published online and on various LA Times syndications including Yahoo! News, and Newsbreak.

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