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Where You Go Is Not Who You Are

by Frank BruniProduct Details

Frank Bruni is a columnist for The New York Times, and the subject of this book has been grist for numerous pieces he's written in his allotted space over the last several years.

It's a slim book, but what it has to say is important. This gist is this: If you apply yourself, work hard, engage with fellow students and professors and require yourself to take challenging courses, where you go to college doesn't really matter. You can learn anywhere what you need to learn to be successful.

Bruni writes that too many people are killing themselves trying to get into the Ivy League schools, spending outrageous sums, stressing out their kids, going way, way overboard on entrance essays, etc. Better to find a place where the kid could fit in socially and pursue a degree for the sake of learning, not getting ahead.

But, you might ask, don't you have to go to the Ivy League to get into that corner office in the Fortune 500?

Uh ... No.

Powerful myths are at work across the land, promulgated and sustained by the likes of U.S. News & World Report and its bogus college rankings system.

I completely buy what Bruni is saying. I went to a community college and a state college after that, and I wound up not just OK, but far beyond where I thought I'd be when I was a senior at Amarillo High School.


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