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How to break into the Wellesley/Weston dinner-party circuit.


1. Buy property close to the Country Club.

You’ll be going there every day, so you might as well shorten your commute.

2. Drive anything marked X5, GL, SL, 750, Q7, or A8.

Ditch the Prius. And the Hummer, too.

3. Enlist Eric Roseff to redo your estate.

He’s an A-list interior designer and has a better Rolodex than you do, meaning he’ll connect you to all the important people you need to rub elbows with while simultaneously decorating your mansion to impress them.

4. Sign your kids up for the proper sports.

You’ll rub shoulders with the Masters of the Universe when you escort Junior to the Babson Skating Center or the Wellesley Country Club tennis program.

5. Do whatever you must to befriend Carolyn Campanelli.

The Wellesley socialite and philanthropist (and wife of former Sovereign Bank CEO Joseph Campanelli) is the toniest suburbs’ “it” girl. You want to be on her list.  — Rachel Slade

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  • Franco

    I realize that this article is satire but there are many Bostonians who will take this seriously. And if they do let me state, for the record, that getting your child into preschool at Spruce Street not only will probably not get you into Harvard…it will not get you into a highly sought after private school in Boston. Check in with Spruce and ask how many of their preschoolers have no elementary school to attend next year? If you can’t get a student into BB&N, it is awfully tricky to get them into Harvard.

  • Sarah

    I have never been so horrified by a publication suggesting how to get your kids into Harvard. First of all, one needs to acknowledge the money that Doyle is assuming we all have. If you already have that kind of money, I’m sure you’re Harvard legacy anyway, so you skipped all of the steps. Furthermore, Slade needs to learn a thing or two about the private schools in Boston. First of all, Roxbury Latin does very well, but there are a handful of boys schools who get kids into Harvard each year. There are also various co-ed schools, public and private, that get their kids into great colleges. I’d also like to chastise her for her discussion of Dana Hall. While it is a well-known girls school, Dana Hall is, by no means, the most successful or most challenging of the girls schools. I think what’s being seriously disregarded here is the money that goes into these kind of choices. If your kid is smart, send him to a good school. Harvard will get you far, but Boston College will get you just as far. It’s all about what you do with your education, so start teaching your kids that…