Anonymous said: New Republic's "Don't send your kid to the Ivy League" says the elite college game crushes students' minds and souls. UChi of the recent past was a hub of intellectualism easier to get into than an Ivy. With a rapidly declining acceptance rate and robust mailing campaign to students who likely won't get in, is UChi the same? Do UChicagoans still love a challenge, or is UChi becoming more like the Ivies—full of über competitive grade grubbers? Change happens, but has UChi stuck by its principles?
UChicago is still the Island of Misfit Toys. Academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and quirky traditions still define us.
There’s a reason this shirt exists:
But we’re not exempt from the academic burnout that any student at a high-performing institution can experience. Students (myself included) often put that pressure on themselves.
I thought New Republic’s piece was shit, personally.
The answer is not in attending a less academically rigorous institution, but ensuring that top universities have the proper mental and physical health services needed to attend to students who exhibit higher than normal levels of anxiety, depression, insecurity, etc. Treat the problems. Don’t avoid them all together.
I’m not gonna sit here and tell you to spend a small fortune on your degree; it’s bad advice. That being said, UChicago offers many ways to finance your education so that we can keep the playing field level for deserving students of all socio-economic backgrounds. Do we still have a way to go? You betcha. But I think we’re doing a pretty fantastic job with things like the Odyssey scholarship.
TL;DR: We’re not like the regular ivies, we’re a cool ivy.