Say, for example, you decide you want to go to Politics, or Public Policy, or a myriad of other things one can go into where an advanced degree would be useful. For the population at large, they're willing to grant you a modicum of respect if it's an ivy league degree (unfair, but very true).
And dont you think you want to go to a place like Harvard... because, I dont know, it happens to be one of the best in Physics?
twistor, give me the metric that you use o rank programs.
But your unwilling to do this at some places because you irrationally believe they're all elitist bastards? What a wonderfully objective ranking you've got!
All of these are subjective ratings.
twistor wrote:I'm not saying not to go. I'm just saying not to go because you think the program is prestigious or you heard some rumor or read some horseshit rating from a website or magazine.
twistor wrote:People go to Harvard and Yale because of the "wow" factor. They go there so they can look down their noses at people who didn't.
If you're really going for the academics then why do you even care what I have to say?
Are you telling me that if you went there you wouldn't brag about it?
Are you telling me that you wouldn't expect preferential treatment for jobs because of your educational background?
That you wouldn't expect your friends and family to brag and say, "dlenmn went to Harvard! "?
While I'm starting to think Twistor is just a crank, let me say this:
not all of us have the money (or time) to go to every Graduate school we applied to and ask the department how it works.
As such, rankings are a good guide to where a successful graduate school might be.
And the fact is, most of them have larger-than-average faculties, giving you a better chance of finding someone for who you can work.
I find it just as good to ask a professor in my field where he thinks the best graduate schools are.
I don't think that I deserve preferential treatment simply because of where I went to school, but it does happen, so I can't claim that it couldn't be expected.
Harvard is sometimes known for producing American presidents, Fortune 500 CEO's, Poets and Civil rights leaders, but mostly it's known for creating pretentious douchebags. A Harvard education instills one with the belief that they are more awesome than anything but they shouldn't dare tell anyone. Notable Graduates include JFK, The Roosevelts, That dude from Audioslave, That emo fag from Weezer, Natalie Portman (because she's a prototype for the New World Order's master race) Thurston Howell III, Captain Crunch and Jesus.
Anyhow, I don't think that your experience with one school like Chicago should influence what you think about other perceived top schools are to be. At any rate, isn't Wisconsin a top school anyway?
Of course you knew that going in. Game, set, match.
And if I may ask, how did you consider your present ivy league school? I'm sure it based on some incredibly objective metric...
If you were to respond to me to any person who asked you about graduate school and they ask an (innocent) question why you didn't go to Chicago, I must say that person would be inclined to think your vehement attitude was more attributed to jealousy rather than the lack of proper treatment that a graduate school should afford its students. Just my humble opinion.
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