In Praise of Non-Ivy Universities and Colleges

I write this for all college bound students in any grade but especially for those who are waiting to hear their fate from the colleges to which you have applied.

Many of you have worked for years to achieve the statistics that certain prestigious colleges expect.  Others have carefully created a yellow brick road to much desired outcome that begins with college admission.

College is not a destination, its a tool.

The name of the institution you attend will not determine your future.  You do that by what you accomplish and what you learn.  At the bottom of this post is a link to Frank Bruni’s article, How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.

Many  of you will not get into your first choice but will lead successful, fulfilled lives anyway.

“For every person whose contentment comes from faithfully executing a predetermined script, there are at least 10 if not 100 who had to rearrange the pages and play a part they hadn’t expected to, in a theater they hadn’t envisioned. Besides, life is defined by setbacks, and success is determined by the ability to rebound from them. And there’s no single juncture, no one crossroads, on which everything hinges.”

Bruni looked up the CEOs of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.  Only one attended an Ivy League or Tier 1 university as an undergraduate.

“{T]he nature of a student’s college experience — the work that he or she puts into it, the self-examination that’s undertaken, the resourcefulness that’s honed — matters more than the name of the institution attended.”

Seniors, I wish you the best of luck in your acceptances and in your college career.  May you have the good fortune to attend a university that  will stimulate you and push you to succeed.

College is a tool.  Juniors and younger, I hope that you will appreciate the value of knowing how to make the most of its benefits.  Consider the cost in terms of debt as well as your self-worth when building a list of colleges to apply to.  Most students end up in the right place even if it isn’t where they thought they were going.

Here’s what Bruni has to say:

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