Ben Stein was a guest speaker at a Whirlpool Leaders dinner on Thursday and I had a chance to speak with him after the event. He was signing copies of his new book "How to Ruin Your Life" and when I was getting my copy signed (they gave us free copies) I asked him about his attending Yale Law School - I told him that I had applied to Yale and not only did they promptly send me back a rejection letter but they had sent me an audio cassette with a note that read "listen to this". He said, "oh really, what was on the tape" - I told him it was a laugh track.
He went on to ask whether or not I had really applied to Yale and I told him that my numbers were no where close to justify losing the application fee but that I had applied to other schools.
His final comment to me was "at the end of the day, go to the very best school that you can - but if you don't get into one of the higher ranked schools, relax, it will still pay off... try to get a job teaching at the school, that is where the real money is anyways". He congratulated me, shook my hand and then said, "who's next, anyone, anyone".