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Does Ivy League Really "Guarantee" Success?

So this whole thing has somehow been imprinted on and in our brains. Through Television, books and practically all foms of media, we have been led to believe that Ivy is elite and guarantees success without fail.
 It is also equally as hard to get into such schools unless you have an alumni parent or relative who can put in a good word for you. It is also easy if you have multi-million dollar parent who donates enough money to the school, preferably over $50 million, you are guaranteed a spot among the so-called "Ivies" Otherwise if you are just any other Jim and Jack, you have to

1. Study you Butt off, while in High School( but this isn't enough anymore)
2. Contribute something to Society
3. Win some Internationally Recognised award
4. Have extraordinary extra curriculars

Doing half these things isn't as easy as it looks(like donating $50 million dollars) and some students who don't get accepted to their Dream Uni can even get into chronic depression after working their butt off during high school. This is as common as you think.

But i'm not going to get into how to get in, im just going to try to stick to the topic. To do that let me first introduce you to the Ivys
The "Ivy League" is an athletic conference founded in 1954, (yes that recent ) it consists of the following schools:
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard Uniersity
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Dartmouth College
  • Cornell University
Contrary to Popular belief Stanford isn't an Ivy League School.
Now down to business.
Is it really true that if you go to these Univerities, you are guaranteed success. I mean it's a belief all around the world that these are schools are where elite of academia become the elite of industry or even the worl as a whole. This belief does in fact have some truth to it. I men if you apply for a job and you are from an ordinary University and your competition has about the same grades and is from an ivy league Uni, he/she will probably get the job. But this doesn't exactly matter later on in the life when only experience and work ethic are taken into consideration.
I mean if you look at Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, both of them are from an Ivy League University, but dropped out then became successful. Now they are running companies with people with Masters and PHD's under them.(Well Zuckeburg anyway since Gates retired but you know what I mean) Im not telling you to drop out, stay in school!!! lol, it doesn't work for everyone. I know people who have been to an Ivy League who are not exactly "Employee of the Month" Now and I also know of enough Ceo's who were rejected by Ivy League Universities but are now invited to them to give talks, funny isn't it.
What I'm trying to say is the myth that Ivy League Guarantees Success is what makes people succeed. If you get accepted you don't just go there and slack off and hope one day a billion dollars will fall into your lap, you have to continue working hard to guarantee yourself success. If you don't get in, same thing just work hard and soon you will be the next Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim etc....

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1 comment:

  1. Nice article, but please proofread, capitalize, punctuate, and don't use "lol" and I would enjoy the article much more.