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Friday, May 29, 2015

Keep Calm and Carry On: College Edition

We all have been through those terrible moments when you learn that you just failed your chemistry test or when you forget to do that homework assignment worth five points. Have you ever thought to yourself, "Well there go my chances of getting into college!"? Here is some advice from Winston Churchill: Keep calm and carry on. The Ivy League colleges only accept the top 6% of students. Does it really matter if I get into the top 6%? Absolutely NOT.

The book Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, by Frank Bruni, documents the success of students all over the United States who did not go to the top elite schools. Bruni questions the necessity of attending Ivy Leagues and affirms that realistically, equal success is achieved with degrees from other colleges. For example, Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, graduated from Alma College (Ten points if you know where Alma College is!) and did not receive his MBA.

Time Magazine's Michael Bernick writes, "Whether your degree, for example, is from UCLA or from less prestigious Sonoma State matters far less than your academic performance and the skills you can show employers." Economists have also found that degrees from elite schools as opposed to other average colleges have no effect on future incomes.

Keep this in mind next time you begin to stress. Remember that altogether, it doesn't matter where you go to school. Trying one's best is what pays off in the end.

By Rebecca B., Homework Assistant

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