Hey everyone I don't usually post here, but I've been an avid reader of this board for a while now. I'm considering GW, and hopefully someone can clarify something for me about the school.
I still don't understand what prospective students mean when they say they visit a campus (in this case GW) and sense an "inferiority complex". This term has been used to describe many schools. What to do people mean by this? Are the staff and admissions office literally bitter? Is the school administration full of pseudo-used car dealers desperate to sell their school to prospective students? Do the students have permanent chips on their shoulders?
Personally, I think its totally appropriate for a school like GW to "boast" about its notable programs, especially to students making choices between a large number of schools.
The inferiority complex to which posters refer is a feeling that they should have gotten into better schools, but were ultimately turned down and thus are now "stuck" at the school they currently attend. Thus there is a sense of bitterness which I suppose comes out when the students talk about their school. They are aware there are better schools out there that they are not attending.
As for students "selling" the school, perhaps it is a way to convince themselves that their decision to attend the school was the correct one. By extolling the virtues of the school to others, they are reminding themselves of the positive aspects of the schools.
Look, anyone attending GW knows there are about 15 schools that are "better". Just like anyone attending Georgetown knows there are 10 schools that are "better". Just like anyone attending Virginia knows there are 6 schools that are "better". So unless you go HYS, you are always going to have some bitter students with inferiority complexes.