OpenAI’s ChatGPT has taken higher education by storm this year. Faculty, administrators and students are stunned by the artificial intelligence chatbot’s ability in writing school assignments, passing difficult exams and even generating exams itself. One particularly tempting use of the technology is writing college application essays, often regarded a make-or-break component of an application as more and more schools eliminate standardized test scores as a requirement.
Adam Nguyen, an entrepreneur with years of experience in both artificial intelligence and college admission, has mixed reviews on personal essays generated by ChatGPT.
A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Nguyen is an expert on the admissions process of the country’s best schools. He previously worked as an admissions reader and interviewer in Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and as a graduate student advisor at Harvard.
Since 2008, Nguyen has run Ivy Link, a tutoring company advising high school students on how to get into colleges ranked among the top 80 in the U.S. Nguyen graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002 and worked in law and finance for nearly a decade after that. In 2011, he co-founded eBrevia, a legal tech company using natural language processing—the same technology behind ChatGPT—to extract and summarize information from legal documents. Nguyen sold the company in 2018 to focus on Ivy Link full-time.