FutureVP, of course I agree with you on this point. I am not only mystified but am DEEPLY troubled by the obsession with these three schools ON THIS WEBSITE. It is actually pathetic, and in NO WAY reflects academic or professional opinions. There is something a little pernicious about CC, in all honesty, because it validates in so many ways this really unhealthy, totally skewed perspective on American higher education.
And, as for some of the people who go to the forums of schools with which they have NO ASSOCIATION WHATSOEVER simply to trash the schools? This is also extremely disturbing and, I seriously mean this, pathological behavior. It is not normal to do this. I am speaking of creatures such as kwu and a fellow who was, I believe, banned several months ago, for his hurtful, dishonest, pernicious comments about Columbia, made at a time when earnest kids were so excited about their opportunities. There is a kind of sickness about this behavior, because these are adults essentially trolling high school-oriented sites to make kids feel badly about their opportunties. And they do it because for them it is FUN! These persons are not well, simple as that. I know they aren't well, and yet it is hard NOT to get angry and defensive because, as we have seen with a poster in another related thread on the Columbia forum, this nutty vileness has the destructive effect of making vulnerable kids doubt the value of their extraordinary educational options.
I have noticed a real destructive strain of commentary on the Columbia and Chicago forums of late from persons who are clearly threatened by the renewed popularity, and high rankings, of these two schools. It is a profound sense of status anxiety allied with a kind of mental unsteadiness that leads people to come to school sites to which they have no affiliation, simply to heap abuse. You have to be concerned about the emotional fitness of persons who feel compelled to do this on a high school site. I know I am. And it really makes coming to CC unnerving and uncomfortable. I have urged my little one -- referenced elsewhere as someone THRILLED to be admitted to and attending Columbia this year -- to stay away. I don't want my little one being made to feel badly by nut cases over the great fortune to be admitted to and the great opportunity to be enrolled at Columbia.
Last edited by swingtime; 06-18-2012 at 02:50 PM.