College admissions, the ‘Tiger Mom’ way The Biblio File – Chico Enterprise-Record

With a business degree from Chico State, an MBA from Pepperdine, and her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA, Elizabeth Venturini advises Chinese and American parents on how to get their student into prestigious American universities.
Her advice is distilled in a comprehensive new guide called “Tiger Mom Wisdom: U.S. College Admissions Success Through Creativity, Character, And Community” ($16.99 in paperback, self-published; also for Amazon Kindle). “Tiger Moms are the ones who run the household, take care of the kids, and supervise their children’s education and extracurricular activities.” They’ve been frustrated with China’s “intensely competitive education system, where students can have their entire future determined by a single college admissions exam–the Gaokao.”
And so Tiger Moms look to the U.S. American moms are more flexible regarding higher education and value creativity. By contrast, Tiger Moms believe in “academic discipline,” that “the right degree from a prestigious school is … one of the main factors determining a student’s future economic and social standing.” Venturini, in her book and website (, blends the two perspectives. Prestige is important, but so is realism about the student’s “inner spirit.”
Her primary audience is Tiger Moms wanting to know what they can do to prepare their student for life in America. They should have encouraged their student early on to explore careers, think about their own talents, what they want to do with their degree, and “develop personal traits such as creativity, character, and community — all in anticipation of presenting them on their résumé for any future opportunity.”
But if that hasn’t already happened, Venturini has detailed guidance on what to do in this era of Covid, online learning, and in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scandal. From boarding schools to how to write a good college essay (it’s not enough to come across as smart; one must strive for “unique”), to community service, to what to do when the school says “yes” (or “no”)–it’s all there. She covers art, music, and film schools, athletics, paying for school, and college etiquette (“the art of charm”).
In the end, she writes, “We are a Tiger Mom sisterhood!”
Dan Barnett teaches philosophy at Butte College. Send review requests to [email protected] Columns archived at
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