« on: October 26, 2005, 03:25:21 AM »
The problem I have with the OP is not that he's priviledged or white (though I hope, Towlie, you realize these aren't the same thing), but that he's wrong. Sorry, buddy; Yale isn't that hard. I know half a dozen people who went there, including a guy I dated long-distance for two years during undergrad. He was a biochem major who graduated with a 3.8; I tutored him by phone based solely on the information I gleaned from my paltry third tier toilet education.
The difference between Ivy Leagues and other schools is that at Ivy Leagues, you can expect some of the people around you to have some idea what's going on. It doesn't really MATTER that anyone does, though. In the experience of dozens of people I know throughout the Ivies, grade inflation is so rampant at top institutions that you can coast through almost any major without learning anything more than someone at a state school, if you so choose (note the "CAN").
And one other thing: You (the OP) go on and on about how you took classes not for the rewards that would later be bestowed upon you, but for the "motherfucking love" (or some such nonsense) of learning. Good. Great. Faaantastic. So why don't you quit whining about how it was "all for nothing" and go back to masturbating to the image of your Yale diploma?
Side note: I know I should really try to cut down on my scathing references to masturbation ... but I can't help myself sometimes. This board is one giant mental wankathon.
I went to Cornell and I don't think there was any grade inflation. Cornell's Biology/Chemisty/Physics courses are designed at doing primarily one thing - "weeding out" those who don't belong in the program. I do feel, however, that I learned considerably more than people at other schools, and I found that graduate school was easier for me than it was for some other people.
I know that there exists grade inflation at Yale...I was a student advisor and one of my students who was doing very poorly came to me and told me that her best friend went to Yale and all he was getting was take-home tests...but please don't make the assumption that this kind of thing is what happens at every Ivy League school. I know people in engineering programs who worked their asses off, only to never see a GPA above a 3.0.