Thai cheaters: University throws out a quarter of the applications from Thailand for suspected false claims and accomplishments

‘But you don’t like to read. Why do you want to go to Harvard?’ – Fortune Magazine, February 6, 2014
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Daniel Grayson thought there was probably something fishy about the kid who said his childhood friend died from a procedure in a back-alley abortion clinic in Bangkok. Grayson, an associate director of admissions at Tufts University who recruits students and reviews applications from Southeast Asia, had been warned about too-good-to-be-true applications from Thailand. This one, from a student who claimed to have been so inspired by his friend’s plight that he made a documentary on illegal abortion and promoted it with great success on the Internet, got him wondering. Grayson emailed the applicant, a senior at a Thai international school, asking to see the film. He heard back several weeks later from the student, who sent a link to a video posted to YouTube the day before by another person. The “documentary” — a three-minute reel of stock photo images accompanied by a student reading a bland script on abortion — looked hastily thrown together.
Tufts denied the applicant. In fact, during the 2013 admissions season, Grayson threw out a quarter of the applications from Thailand for suspected cheating. The applicants, he says, had offered impressive stories of enterprising (but fictitious) extracurricular projects, like the student who said he had invented an elephant motion detector to help protect agricultural fields in rural Thailand…

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