Anonymous asked: i'm sad because i have to enroll at a state school because i didn't get in to uchicago and i got wait listed at washu and i'm just upset. i feel like i'm not going to get a solid education or job and people are not going to hold me in high esteem. which is stupid i know but that matters to me
As a couple of things we have to realize:
1. The U.S. News& World Report college ranking is bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit.
2. Just because it’s a state school — doesn’t mean it’s a bad school. A lot of these states schools at amazing focused programs and an enormous amount of resources. There’s a reason why they exist.
3. You are going to be unhappy anywhere you go if you think that academic rigor and ranking is what matters the most.
You are about to commit for you and your life to one location for four years. If you are about to make a decision that only because of academic rigor – you’re going to be unhappy. This is an amazing opportunity for self-discovery, you are going to be on your own for the very first time. You get to figure out what chores that you hate doing, if you actually like waking up early in the morning. You’re going to go to parties and events, meet hundreds of new people. You will have an amazing amount of newfound freedom and that’s amazing. Find a place that offers classes about a subject you’re really passionate about. Find a place where you like the culture and the weather. Find a place for you that feels like home. Rankings be fucking damned.
Look, I wish I could emphasize enough how much positivity is going to affect your college experience. Anywhere you go—if you are willing to at least try and have fun, if you’re willing to at least try and give it a shot, it won’t be a disaster.
And you know what? The application system in United States is a lot of bullshit and unfair and sometimes you do do belong at a school and you don’t get in. You can transfer and I’ll always be around to answer your qs (even if you don’t want to apply to UChicago). But a lot of us have said this on this blog and will continue to say so: if you start a school believing outright that you will transfer, you are going to be fucking miserable. There’s going to be a lot of external factors that affect your first few months of college but don’t let your shitty attitude be one of them