William Han

William Han

William is a writer and lawyer. Born in Taiwan and a citizen of New Zealand, he is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School.

Why pay bribes to US colleges when you can legally cheat your way in?
When I was in high school in New Zealand, I decided that I wanted to go to university in the United States. I contacted members of the Ivy League and a few other colleges and asked them to send me their application forms. This was in 1999, when you couldn’t do everything online yet. Then I signed up to take the SAT and ordered such prep books as I could find on Amazon. My parents had a spare room next to our garage that smelled of exhaust fumes every time they parked. My high school teachers were happy to write letters of recommendation for me, but I doubted that any of them had ever written one to Harvard or Yale or MIT In there, for the next couple of months, I spent my nights and weekends