I myself went to a state school. A first-tier school, nonetheless, but still a state school.
Being in the Northeast, we are blessed with most of the Ivyleague schools. In RI, we were lucky enough to have Brown University, the most liberal and hippie of all the Ivys. It’s generally maintained that the kids that matriculate there are smarter, wealthier, and more hip(ster). It’s something you have to deal with on a daily basis, since Brown is only 30 miles from URI, and Brownies interact with URIers much more than say, Yaleies do with Huskies. If you travel to Thayer Street in Providence and strike up a conversation with a server or a shopkeeper, and you say you are from RI and go to URI, you’re greeted with a sad, “Oh, you weren’t smart enough” smile. You kind of get used to the insults on your intelligence after a while, despite the fact that no, you’re not necessarily dumber than a Brownie. Maybe you wanted the better engineering or pharmacy program, or maybe you were like me and got a full scholarship. But alas, it’s not enough to sway the minds of the general public, that if you got into an Ivy, you must be a genius.
After dealing with the URI/Brown debacle throughout my college career, I now find myself working at Yale. It’s a more urban school than Brown, and a bit more traditional, as far as the Ivyleague goes. Although you don’t get the same “Yale vs. UConn” (mostly because UConn is such a top tier public institution with a kickass athletic program, and the Yale Bulldogs are just short of SUCK), there’s still a distinction, that the state kids weren’t good enough for Yale. And so you chose Southern CT State, or UConn, or even somewhere else over Yale. You have your reasons, and it doesn’t mean you’re dumb or dumber. But again, Yale has this pedestal reputation as an institution where the best and brightest in the country go to develop their minds.
I, for one, disagree. State schools are the better deal, especially if you’re going for your masters or PhD somewhere else. And, despite all these beliefs in the Ivy league being so smart, I maintain that Ivy kids are just as dumb, if not dumber, than state kids. Do you want to know why?
We had a tremendous ice/rain storm today. I did not see one Yaleie in boots, and only a handful had umbrellas.