Maplewood Aspiration
June 20, 2006

Study in the USA seminar
Top MBA Admissions seminar
The wait list game - admissions trend update
Ivy League success - Class of 2010 Send-off Party
Ranking B-schools differently
Helicopter parents letting go
Chinglin peer tutoring - sign up for a meaningful summer!

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Aspiration - a Maplewood Newsletter  

June 20, 2006

In this issue:

Study in the USA - Maplewood seminars on June 29 and July 6
Top MBA Program Admissions - Maplewood seminar on July 13
College admission trends update: The wait list game
Maplewood paves the road to Ivy League success - Class of 2010 Send-off Party on July 15
The year of ranking B-schools differently - undergrad B-school rankings, MBA rankings, expanded MBA admissions services at Maplewood
Are you a helicopter parent?... and the fine art of letting go
Chinglin Tutoring Program - English peer tutoring community service, summer 2006. Sign up now!

Read on ...

The college and grad school application season is round the corner....
Learn from the experts on how to ...

Get into top US colleges ...

Study in the USA Seminar

Come to our ever-popular college admissions seminar, get a head start before the summer for the next college application season:

Choose from 2 dates, or come to both:

6/29/06 (Thu) 18:30-20:00

Part I US college admissions: The process and strategies
- Understand the US college system
- Know the admissions process and the right things to do
- Build winning applications
- The latest rankings and admissions trends

7/6/06 (Thu) 18:30-20:00

Part II College admissions: What makes you special?
- choose the right school that fits you
- Why you should showcase your special side and how
- Write a winning essay

- more ...

For students who are applying to US colleges in fall 2006 ... Come and learn what you can do this summer before your final school year to help in your application.

For parents and their college-bound kids ... The US college application is more complex and competitive than ever. Maplewood can help ease the strain of the whole process and help students and parents get into the college or university of your choice.

and top B-schools....

Top MBA Program Admissions Seminar

Kicking off Maplewood's expanded MBA Application Counseling services (in alliance with MBA Exchange) is our MBA Admissions seminar:

7/13/06 (Thu) 18:30-20:00

Come and meet Susan-Joan Mauriello, Maplewood Admissions Consultant and a Columbia University MBA. Susan has worked in MBA admissions counseling and helped candidates apply successfully to top US and European business schools. She has interviewed and assessed applicants for both Columbia Business School and the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a BA degree in sociology and history.

At this seminar, Susan will share with you valuable tips on top MBA school application strategy, timing, the latest admissions trends, and specific topics including:

- Business school selection: why top tier is the only option
- The GMAT: why it matters, why it doesn't
- Setting goals: how to use your future to explain your past
- Essay planning and development: what to say and how to say it
- Recommendations and interviews: how to close the "admissions" deal

For the professional who has built a solid career background in preparation for a full-time, top MBA program ... Get ready to advance your career with a coveted MBA degree. Enroll now to learn how to enhance your chances of gaining admission to the business school of your choice! 

Seminar Enrolment: Send in your seminar date, name and/or parent's name, contact phone nos. to:

Seminars are held at Maplewood's office: 
31/F, 88 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (

Enquiries: or call +852 2107 4108.

Get going with your college or MBA plans! Act now! Seats are limited. Free enrolment.

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Feel free to distribute this seminar announcement to any interested friends, parents and colleagues and ask them to enrol directly with Maplewood.

College admission trends update:
The wait list game

Colleges admit few students off the wait list in 2006, reported the Wall Street Journal in May 16, 2006. It's going to be another disappointing year for many students on college wait lists as many selective schools are taking very few - if any - students from the wait list this year.

Harvard University said it will likely take only between 5 and 10 students, down from the 28 it admitted last year. Georgetown University is taking about 10 students, down from about 70 last year. Others, including Princeton University and Emory University, aren't taking any.

At many schools, the odds against getting in off the list are astronomical, if not outright nil. The University of Chicago is admitting about 7 students from its list this year, compared with 34 last year. The University of Pennsylvania has offered 1,400 applicants a spot on the wait list but only expects some 10 to 15 students to be admitted from it.

Admissions officers said they've been surprised at the large percentage of applicants who accepted their offers of admission. The so-called "yield" - the percentage of admitted students who actually enroll, a closely-watched figure by everyone from applicants and parents to competing schools - went up at many schools this year, which means the schools seldom need to resort to the wait list.

Often, wait-list activity comes in waves: Colleges that overfill their classes one year might react the following year by accepting fewer applicants outright and admitting more students from their wait lists. Because this year is seeing generally low wait-list activity, things may be brighter for next year's waitlisted applicants.

If you are on the wait list, what can you do to improve your chances of getting off the wait list, despite the low odds? Some tips:

- Show you're still interested. Schools welcome a note or a phone call to the admissions office indicating that a student appreciates making the wait list and hopes that they will ultimately be accepted.

Offer new information - a new school grade report, a new research article, a new award, a new letter of recommendation. Another guidance counselor's letter can carry much weight. However, think creatively without being gimmicky.

Show eagerness but don't pester admissions offices with frequent phone calls and emails. It helps to determine whether you are truly still interested in the school by paying a visit to the school and the admissions office to let them know directly.

More from the College Journal, Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2006.

Maplewood paves the road to Ivy League success

Congratulations to all Maplewood students who toiled hard in their college (and some in your boarding school) applcations this year. All your efforts were well-deserved, as you have been admitted to at least one of your match schools and for many of you to one of your most desirable or dream schools.

With our help and advice, our students have been successfully admitted to top schools including Princeton, U Penn, Cornell in the Ivy League, and top national universities Washington U in St. Louis, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, U of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, U of Virginia, U of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and many others. One of our advisees has won the prestigious Freeman Asian Scholarship for full 4-year study at top liberal arts college Wesleyan University.

Our boarding school students have applied successfully to schools including the Concord Academy and the Philips Exeter Academy.

Read Maplewood paves the road to Ivy League success, press release, May 15, 2006 on Maplewood college application 2006 results.
Read Chinese version.

At Maplewood, our consultants are gratified to see many of you develop and grow as you go through the arduous application process. As one of you remarked, "I now realize there is no reward in life unless I put my best preparation and efforts into it." College application is by no means your only life, but what you said well illustrates the key to any successful college application.

We have come to know many of you as independent thinking, warm and interesting in your own right, hardworking and confident young men and women. We wish you all a great start in college this fall.

Class of 2010: Come to our Send-off Party on Saturday, July 15, 2006 for Maplewood students who are entering US colleges in fall 2006. Meet fellow classmates who are also heading for a new college life before you leave for the US this fall. Share your college application experience (oops, for what? - you aren't applying for another time, are you?)... No, it's rather a celebration and getting to know new friends who you might one day get hooked up again while you're in the US. Class of 2010 parents?... You are all invited, of course!... (details)

The year of ranking B-schools differently

Undergrad B-school Programs: One of the most popular majors for US college applicants from Hong Kong is business. It is also the most popular major of study for all college students in the US. However, undergraduate business programs vary in quality. In recent years, top undergrad business programs are getting MBA-like respect, and competition to get into them is hotter than ever.

As the economy rebounded after the dot-com bust, and under increased demands from students and recruiters, many business schools have revamped their typical two-year undergrad offerings and admitted students as early as in their freshman year. They have set up specialized programs (such as combining business and engineering) while maintaining rigorous, in-depth studies of core subjects such as economics, and introduced more practical, hands-on experience, and soft skills such as teamwork and leadership. Once a refuge for students with poor grades and modest ambitions, many undergrad business programs now gain MBA-like respect.

BusinessWeek presented its first-ever undergraduate business school rankings in a May 8, 2006 cover story. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School landed at the top. The ranking is based on a survey of over 100,000 business majors at top schools and a poll of undergraduate recruiters, and incorporates five measures including student engagement, postgraduation outcomes, and academic quality. Wharton landed in the Top 10 on four of the five ranking measures. Small classes, talented faculty, top-flight recruiting - and a four-year format that allows its ultracompetitive students to delve deeply into business fundamentals - lofted Wharton to the No. 1 position.

The new ranking also shows just how much good company Wharton has these days. U of Virginia's McIntyre School of Commerce is No. 2. Schools that had never been thought of as top business programs, such as No. 18 Lehigh University's College of Business & Economics, turn out to deserve more recognition. And schools that have always enjoyed a solid reputation, such as U of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, and Emory U's Goizueta Business School come in among the top five. (The Top 20 undergrad business schools in the ranking.)

Competition to get into top undergraduate business programs is very tough. For the 2005 school year, more than 10,000 high school seniors applied to No. 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program, but only 14% were accepted. At Wharton, of the 4,200 applicants, only 16% won admittance. The result: Both schools have average SAT scores approaching 1500.

More from BusinessWeek, cover story, May 8, 2006.

On the MBA Front: A full-time, top MBA degree serves as a gold standard for management education and the passport to a corner office and an enviable salary. MBA is big business to business schools worldwide, and rankings of top MBA programs have been released regularly. We may all be familiar with the US News ranking of top business schools or the Financial Times global MBA rankings. Other well-known MBA program rankings include the Wall Street Journal business-school ranking, or the Best Business Schools list by Forbes. Now for the first time ever, a non-American institution has topped one of the leading rankings of business schools.

Heading the global ranking of business schools in the September 2005 edition of Which MBA?, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), is IESE Business School, an arm of the University of Navarre in Spain. IESE topped the EIU's list because it scored particularly well in opening new career opportunities and in the starting salaries of its new graduates. The University of Hong Kong MBA program ranked 45 on the EIU list, the highest of any MBA programs in Asia. EIU's ranking methodology relied heavily on students' assessments of their education experience, contrasting methodologies based on recruiters' surveys. Some top schools, including Harvard Business School and Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, are notably missing from the EIU ranking because they did not release student contact information for the survey.

More from EIU's Which MBA? 2005 rankings, September 2005.

Choosing a place to study an MBA is a complicated decision. It depends on a wide range of factors including location, price, and reputation. One should be aware that the rankings are all produced by media organisations whose primary purposes may simply be entertaining their readers and catching the attention of potential readers.

The listings, and the information that they distil, can help a student with choosing where to study. However, in the absence of a single incontrovertible measure of quality or performance, the more the lists proliferate and differ, the less attention one should pay to them. "Rankings are here to stay," says Kim Keating, Director of Public Relations at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. "The important thing to remember is that each ranking is measuring something a little bit different from the others. Look at them all to understand what they are measuring, and then do the research about each school to see which will be the best program for you."

At Maplewood, we have expanded our MBA admssions services in June 2006. We can help you sort through the myriad of rankings and choices, give your candidacy a fair assessment as the first step to applying successfully to a business school of your choice.

Upcoming seminar on MBA admissions at Maplewood

Are you a helicopter parent?
... and the fine art of letting go

As parents, [baby]-boomers face their final frontier: how to stand aside as their children become independent adults. Where's the line between caring and coddling?...

Letting go. Are there two more painful words in the boomer-parent lexicon? One minute, there's an adorable, helpless bundle in your arms. Then, 18 years go by in a flash, filled with [parent-and-child classes, ballet, swimming, violin, piano lessons, drama club, musical production, choir and orchestra rehearsals, traveling judo and tennis teams, math Olympiads, science competitions, EPGY and CTY summer programs], SAT prep classes and college visits. The next thing you know, it's graduation. Most boomers don't want to be "helicopter parents," hovering so long that their offspring never get a chance to grow up.

Well versed in the psychological literature, they know that letting go is a gradual process that should begin when toddlers take their first steps without a parental hand to steady them....

But with cell phones and e-mail available 24/7, the temptation to check in is huge. Some boomer parents hang on, propelled by love (of course) and insecurity about how the world will treat their children. After years of supervising homework, they think nothing of editing the papers their college students have e-mailed them. A few even buy textbooks and follow the course syllabi. Later they're polishing student resumes and calling in favors to get summer internships. Alarmed by these intrusions into what should be a period of increasing independence, colleges around the country have set up parent-liaison offices to limit angry phone calls to professors and deans. Parent orientations, usually held alongside the student sessions, teach how to step aside.

Letting go is the final frontier for boomer parents [those born between 1946 and 1964],... While their incomes grew, boomers kept family sizes small.... Now many families have only one or two kids to work with, so they focus all their attention and energy on one or two and want them to do well." An explosion of child-development research stressing the importance of the early years reinforces boomers' determination to give their kids the best. They've carefully followed expert advice on everything from music that nurtures the developing brain in utero to gaming the college-admissions process....

Many parents say letting go is hard because the stakes seem so much higher than when they were starting out. At every stage of their parenting careers, they've felt the pressure of competition - whether it's getting their kids into a good preschool, summer camp or college. Boomers might have spent their young-adult years shuffling from major to major or job to job, but many say they'd never condone that behavior in their kids.

What's helpful and what's hovering? How can a boomer parent let go? What's the proper role to play to facilitate the child's personal development and not just their accomplishments?

Read article The Fine Art of Letting Go, Newsweek, May 22, 2006.

Chinglin Tutoring Program
- English peer tutoring community service, summer 2006

Many Maplewood students have been looking for good community service projects to participate every summer. Our students believe that through meaningful community services, they can gain a deeper understanding of their community, show their concern for others, and develop better awareness and maturity in themselves.

Not to mention the fact that solid, reflective community service experience is an important personal attribute that top US colleges and universities would always look for in assessing their applicants.

Riding on our successful experience in 2005, Maplewood is again coordinating the Chinglin Tutoring Program, an English peer tutoring program for students in summer 2006.

Volunteer students are now being recruited to provide conversational English and reading/writing workshops to fellow students attending a local middle school in Hong Kong. Interested parents and adults are also welcome to participate in the program. (Program objectives.)

To ensure the program will be a solid and substantive community service experience, volunteering students are expected to put in at least 30 to 45 total hours of tutoring within a 5-week period from July 17 to August 18, 2006.

Interested students (and parents, as well) may send a email to to register your interest to participate or ask for more information. A program briefing meeting has been scheduled for July 12, 2006 at Maplewood to let all volunteers meet and plan the program in further details.

More info on Chinglin program.

Positive experience in Chinglin 2005.

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