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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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Chapter 3. Apron Strings

To Dwayne McClelland, it's simply his fatherly duty to do all he can to help his children. So when his son faced a scheduling conflict for a meeting with faculty advisers in mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University, McClelland showed up alone to ask questions on his behalf. The advisers found it a bit amusing and remarked that this was a first for them, seeing a parent arrive without the prospective student.

McClelland's support didn't stop there. He also provided "editorial support and content suggestions" for his son's admission essays and scholarship applications. Because his son applied to only one university, he explains, "it was imperative that he put his best foot forward to ...

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