The Ivy Curse

The recent scandal involving parents who with their child’s active participation engaged in deceptive practices to secure a seat at a top tier university is shaking up the view that Ivies are the only pure stamp of approval that guarantees status and success in our economy. It appears that our society’s love affair with Ivies blinded the media to the obvious fact that so far as I can tell from news reports, none of the students who fraudulently entered the club is flunking out. The only GPA mentioned is for a Georgetown fraudster who has a GPA of 3.1, but was kicked out. This overlooked point goes directly to the heart of the problem. The Ivies status as gatekeepers of talent is overblown. The talent pool we have is simply too large to fill the seats of Ivies. But despite this fact, student after student has expressed worry that attending a non-Ivy, especially a public university makes it impossible to have a decent chance of financial success. This is simply untrue.

I’m not going to argue this point with the overwhelming evidence that many students from QC have gone onto to achieve financial success. This is because even within this group, the dark cloud of “I didn’t attend an Ivy” hangs over their heads. Yes, even those with a great deal of financial comfort suffer from “if only I had attended University X, I would be better off” syndrome.

My advice? No need to kick yourself, just go full steam ahead and seek success. You can get a great education at QC. But you need to put in the effort, show you care, and develop a personality that charms. There is no magic but what you yourself create. If you do, no one will care where you went to college. Don’t forget to send me a penny. I also want to be rich.

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