图 |Joel，美籍犹太裔，InGenius Prep 联合创始人兼CEO，达特茅斯学院本科，耶鲁法学院JD
带着这个问题，我请教了好朋友Joel。Joel是美国升学指导机构InGenius Prep 联合创始人兼CEO。Joel是美籍犹太裔，教育世家。Joel的爷爷奶奶、爸爸妈妈、兄弟姐妹7人，全毕业于康奈尔大学本科，且家族多人升读哈佛医学院和达特茅斯塔克商学院。
图 |Joel的藤校家族。从左到右依次是，爸爸-Cornell/UCSF/Harvard；妈妈-Cornell/Harvard；弟弟- Cornell/Dartmouth (Tuck)；妻子Emily- Dartmouth/Yale PhD；Joel – Dartmouth，Yale; 姐姐- Cornell/Harvard; 姐夫- Cornell/Harvard。
然而，Joel拆开的却是来自哈佛大学冰冷的拒信，不得已“屈从”了达特茅斯学院，主修政府和地理两个专业，辅修伦理哲学。Joel继续奋发图强，以GPA 3.99的年度“亚军”毕业，荣获Summa Cum Laude；其关于以色列-巴勒斯坦冲突的论文获奖无数，创造了上个世纪政府系论文获奖数量的记录。研究生升学时，Joel顺利斩获包括哈佛大学在内的美国前十法学院所有的录取，但这一次，他放弃哈佛大学，就读于耶鲁大学法学院。
Joel创办的InGenius Prep，已成为全球顶尖的升学指导机构。福布斯排行榜单Forbes Best Employer Startup 2020，InGenius Prep名列全美第333位；Inc 5000 the Fastest Growing Companies 2019，InGenius Prep在K-12领域排名全美第一。在美国、加拿大、中国和韩国等地设有办公室，InGenius Prep本年度指导学生获得近千份世界名校的录取，其中美国常青藤盟校57份，美国前十名校67份，前十文理学院13份，包括2名哈佛大学，5名普林斯顿大学，8名耶鲁大学，5名斯坦福大学，遗憾的是，0名麻省理工学院。
3、我看过一些数据，美国常春藤盟校中有33% 的学生都是犹太学生，还有差不多同样比例的犹太人在名牌大学任教，甚至美国最高法院中有30% 的书记员是犹太人。你怎么看这些数据和现象？
As the 2020 Fall undergraduate admission offers from top U.S. schools continue to be released, a handful of WaitingList students are still waiting, and the vast majority have already been notified of offers and scholarships, or have been mercilessly rejected. As an independent U.S. study abroad observer, Zhang Weiyong collected and compiled the admissions from various parties, especially the undergraduate admissions from Ivy League schools, and found that every year, the comical scene was once again familiar. With incomplete statistics released by the institutions that conduct study abroad agent business / college guidance in China, Chinese students are very lucky with hundreds of them getting admitted into Harvard College and thousands of them getting admitted into Columbia College. However, the harsh reality is that the news and discussion related to “MIT zero admits Chinese students, Stanford cancels China-mainland interview” has burst into the circle of friends.
With this question in mind, I asked my good friend Joel, co-founder and CEO of InGenius Prep, a Jewish-American, educated family with seven family members, grandparents, moms, dads, and siblings, all of whom graduated from Cornell University, then went on to Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Tuck School of Business. Joel is no exception to this rule, having been influenced by his family since he was a young boy, and has a near-perfect academic record and background. Growing up in the Cornell family, Joel took an unusual path when his undergraduate goals pointed straight to Harvard. In winning his second national debate competition, Joel, the ever smooth and spirited teenager, thought that Harvard had opened doors to him, and even Harvard’s debate mentors thought it was a done deal. Joel, however, unraveled a cold rejection letter from Harvard University and reluctantly accepted Dartmouth College, where he majored in government and geography with a minor in philosophy of ethics, and continued to strive for excellence, graduating as the “runner-up” of the year with a 3.99 GPA, winning Summa Cum Laude; his award-winning dissertation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set a record for the number of government dissertations won in the last century. InGenius Prep, which Joel founded, has become one of the world’s leading guidance organizations for students longing for top schools. Forbes Top 100 Forbes Best Employer Startup 2020, InGenius Prep ranks No. 333 in the nation; Inc 5000 the Fastest Growing Companies 2019, InGenius Prep ranks No. 1 in the nation in K-12 With offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, China and South Korea, InGenius Prep has guided students to nearly a thousand offers from world-renowned schools this year, including 57 from Ivy League schools, 67 from the top 10 schools in the U.S., and 13 from the top 10 liberal arts colleges, including 2 from Harvard, 5 from Princeton, 8 from Yale, 5 from Stanford and, sadly, 0 from MIT.
When Zhang Weiyong asked why InGenius Prep, which has guided so many outstanding students to higher education this year, did not have an undergraduate acceptance from MIT, Joel told me: “Honestly MIT is so rare for mainland China that it doesn’t surprise me that much. I would say it’s more like I am disappointed in them for how they select international candidates.” This year was so special, and it did come to the point of taking stock and preparing to go again next year. So I invited Joel to do a live interview with me and the readers to talk about his Ivy School family story and share the Jewish education bible. At the same time, we will also discuss the current hot issues of studying in America, and set aside some time to directly respond to the concerns of parents. Therefore, I have drawn up an outline for this interview, and welcome all interested readers to join me in talking with Joel about studying in the United States.
The Ivy League School Family Story
Since your grandparents, several members of your family have attended Cornell University for undergraduate studies. Can you share with us the wonderful stories of your family and friends?
Why did so many of your family members get accepted to Cornell University, and is there a special “doorway”?
Why don’t you go to Cornell and choose Dartmouth College, which is remote and small?
Would you like to talk about the scars of your youth? How did Harvard’s rejection affect you? To this day, what do you think is the reason for not being accepted to Harvard? What do you have to say to students and parents who want to go to Harvard?
The Jewish Education Bible
In the eyes of many of us, Jews are rich, intelligent, and highly intellectual. How do you, as a Jew, respond to our impressions?
Among the top 10 billionaires in America, Jews hold five seats, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Sergey Brin. What do you think about the success of these people? Do you think they have anything in common?
I’ve seen some data that 33% of students at Ivy League schools in the U.S. are Jewish, and there are almost the same percentage of Jews who teach at prestigious universities, and even 30% of clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court are Jewish. What do you think of these data and phenomena?
Is there a shared educational norm for Jews as a community?
What is your family’s educational philosophy? If there is a legendary Bible, I hope you don’t hesitate to enlighten me.
Please combine the Jewish Education Bible, with the experience of guiding Chinese students to apply for Ivy Leagues schools by InGenius Prep over the years, to give us Chinese parents a roadmap to a prestigious American school! I also want my kids to go to an Ivy League school at some point in their lives, ahaha.
Current Hot Issues for Studying in the United States
Returning to our original topic, what do you have to say about the news and discussion related to “MIT zero admits Chinese students, Stanford cancels China-mainland interview”?
MIT, Caltech, and Stanford, while not as prestigious as Harvard, Yale and Princeton as Ivy League schools, are still dream schools for many students and parents, especially those who want to study engineering, which are relatively weak at Harvard, Yale and Princeton. So what can be done for our students and parents, especially those studying in mainland China, to improve their chances of being accepted?
You graduated from Yale Law School but started up an education enterprise that seems not engaged in proper occupation. Why are you doing this?
What is your educational philosophy and management philosophy? How do you ensure business success, employee success, student success, win-win situation for all? If there is a conflict of interest between the parties involved, what are your principles for dealing with it and how do you balance the relationship?
As an educational enterprise, I feel that this can only be appropriate for a portion of students. Like Harvard, it is not for all students. Could you please share from the CEO’s perspective, what kind of students and what kind of families is InGenius Prep suitable for? What kind of students and parents aren’t appropriate, or what kind of students and parents would you suggest not to come to you?