1/16/2017 0 Comments
Stanford admissions only accepted 4.69% of applicants in the last round. In a recent article published in Forbes, Willard Dix of Amherst College likened the masses of applicants charging to get into Ivy League schools to old-school soldiers charging a battlefield and a line of cannons. The comparison is gruesome, but the statistics of failure to get admitted suggest that today's applicants recognize the truth behind the phrase, "It's an uphill battle."
However, the school you attend is less important than the education you receive. Dix quotes UCLA's professor emeritus Alexander Astin's recent book, Are You Smart Enough? How Colleges' Obsession With Smartness Shortchanges Students:
"... institutions and the public define the excellence of a college or university in terms of who enrolls rather than how well they are educated after they enroll. In the health care field, this would be the equivalent of judging a clinic or hospital on the basis of the condition of the patients it admits rather than the effectiveness of the care and treatment patients receive once they are admitted." (p. 25)
Bottom line - where you go to school can help your career, but your character and the quality of your education will largely determine your impact and effectiveness.
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