What the %$#@ just happened?: III

A final thought on this: I’m not saying I want my kids to not attend an Ivy League institution, but I certainly think it comes with certain negatives.

For example …

When I was a young up-and-comer at Sports Illustrated, there were three of us kind of shooting up the ranks—from reporter to writer-reporter to staff writer to, eventually, senior writer. The other two guys were absolutely fantastic, and deserved everything they got. Both were Ivy Leaguers. I, on the other hand, attended Delaware, the Harvard of Delaware.

People used to gripe about an Ivy League pipeline at SI (in particular, a Princeton pipeline). Once, a peer went into our boss’ office to complain. “Look,” he said, “there’s obviously favoritism to guys who went to the Ivy Leagues. This guy … that guy … Pearlman.”

My boss stopped him.

“You idiot,” she said, “Pearlman’s a Blue Hen.”

3 thoughts on “What the %$#@ just happened?: III”

  1. Jeff: This is unrelated to this post,but I’m curious about your view on the appropriateness of the FBI investigating Barry Bonds? And the sums of $ our govt is spending to pursue steroid users in baseball?

  2. There’s nothing negative at all about attending an Ivy League institution, other than the fact that you spend four years of your life there surrounded by douchebags.

    Yeah, you can probably learn just as much at Princeton as you can at Delaware or Butler or Idaho State. But the Ivy League brand on your resume and the connections you make there open doors that otherwise would be much, much more difficult to open.

    It ain’t right, necessarily, but that’s how it is.

  3. As someone who attended both a non-descript school and an Ivy-type graduate school, the most important thing about attending an Ivy or Ivy-caliber school is the kind of student you are typically surrounded by. There might be some foul-ups at an Ivy, but not nearly as many as at your average undergraduate school. Most people at an Ivy or equivalent (MIT, UChicago, CalTech, etc., etc.) are serious about their education and learning.

    To me, the best schools to attend are the “public ivies” like Michigan, Virginia, Berkeley, etc., etc., where you get an Ivy-caliber education at a place with enormous research capabilities paired with the overall college “experience.”

    Just my two cents.

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