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  •  Because she felt she was so much better than (0+ / 0-)

    the other 90% of the applicants at each of the schools.

    Whiny self-pity party definitely.  She can express herself very well in an interview on national TV, which would result in many high-school age kids not being nearly so capable of carrying on intelligent conversation.  Still, I probably commend the Ivies and Vanderbilt for choosing other people and I'm wondering if she will deign to follow through on the offer of admission at my alma mater.  I certainly expect her fellow students to very quickly learn that wherever she attends, it is not her first choice and I hope they treat her appropriately.

    •  WTF? (0+ / 0-)

      Students at colleges that weren't their first choice are deserving of the opprobrium of their fellow students?  I don't know that your alma mater would be very proud of your attitude.

      •  You're assuming "appropriately" means badly. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm referring to it in the spirit of "education".  I received a lesson in a variety of people and cultures that I had only read about starting with my first day on campus.  She needs to also learn that there's a whole variety of people at a state school.  If she brings her self-pitying attitude of having to "settle" for one of the best institutions in the whole world, just because it's not her first choice (but is ranked higher in a recent study than at least one of her schools, though overall ranking doesn't mean as much as ranking in her field of study), I really don't have much sympathy for her and I really wouldn't expect the students to either.  This girl needs to learn there's a real world out there, and I think her education will be much more than what she now plans on.

        •  Yeah, right (0+ / 0-)

          If that were your intention, you failed miserably.  Perhaps you should have gotten more "education" at university.  

          But I think you are merely equivocating.  What, pray tell, should her fellow students teach her?  You know nothing about her background or her exposure to others.  Your comments evince a personal animus towards a teenager you do not know.  Sadly, your education at one of the best institutions in the world (that's a large category you are creating there; perhaps you're not terribly aware of the number of excellent global universities) didn't teach not to draw broad conclusions on minimal information.  
           

          •  I was basing the rating off the report published (0+ / 0-)

            here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/...

            The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings employ the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands. A spin-off of the annual World University Rankings, the reputation league table is based on nothing more than subjective judgement - but it is the considered expert judgement of senior, published academics - the people best placed to know the most about excellence in our universities.
            I'd also say your conclusions about how much I know about her and that I have animus towards her are evidence that you, yourself, judge without information.  I suspect we will continue to disagree about that so no point in carrying that further.

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