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Instead of showing off SAT scores, teen entrepreneurs are telling college admissions officers about the companies they started.

Dec 30 2020

Instead of showing off SAT scores, teen entrepreneurs are telling college admissions officers about the companies they started. Gone are the days of high school students spiffing up their college applications with extracurriculars like Model U.N. or student council. Some of today’s “ambitious” teens are putting the words “founder and C.E.O.” on their résumés—and the trend has taken off during the pandemic. During quarantines, several young people have launched ventures in areas like the tech industry, the educational sector, or nonprofits. One high schooler founded an anti-bullying organization It Ends Today, which caught the eye of popstar Lady Gaga. However, starting a business at such a young age does come with challenges: some of those who don’t hire consultants or have adult supervision have cited having a more difficult time managing a brand. But ultimately, many young people start their own businesses as a way to follow their ideals. (The New Yorker)