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Do students in the Ivy League go around asking people about their stats

iamivyobsessediamivyobsessed Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in Yale University
just wondering
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Replies to: Do students in the Ivy League go around asking people about their stats

  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 15,302Registered User Senior Member
    I never knew the stats or HS GPA of a single student when I attended. Not even my best friends.
  • SikorskySikorsky Posts: 5,851Registered User Senior Member
    When I was heading to Harvard a hundred years ago, my best friend from high school was heading to Princeton. He received in the mail a special "freshman pre-registration issue" of the Daily Princetonian. It offered incoming freshmen the following advice: "Be sure to bring all your high school debate trophies, varsity letters, certificates of commendation, etc. We have a big bonfire during Freshman Week, and you can throw all that crap in there then."
  • JHSJHS Posts: 13,789Registered User Senior Member
    Everybody's high school GPA was fine; no one talked about that, ever. My girlfriend once told me that she didn't have the best grades in her high school class, and that was 100% of what I knew about people's high school grades, except for people I had gone to high school with. No one talked about their college grades, either. I knew people had great grades if they made junior Phi Beta Kappa (that's how I found out my girlfriend and my roommate had great grades; I had never discussed grades with either of them), and then at graduation you found out who got summa, magna, etc.

    Same with test scores. Everyone had done fine. End of discussion.
  • HuntHunt Posts: 20,894Registered User Senior Member
    I agree that people aren't likely to talk about grades or scores.

    But your future roommates, and perhaps others, will Google you, and thus might find out about awards you've received, etc.
  • YaleAlumnusYaleAlumnus Posts: 65Registered User Junior Member
    I've been in one or two discussions where people talked about test scores. But it's a rare event.

    As for college grades, you might talk about a specific exam, paper, or even class, but it's rare for people to talk about cumulative GPA or any broader measure of performance. I know the GPA of a few very close friends. But that's it.
  • mangocandy4mangocandy4 Posts: 207Registered User Junior Member
    I know that a few of the people on my floor were Valedictorians, but that's just about it.
    Oh I don't go to Yale BTW. I am speaking of another Ivy.
  • fogfogfogfog Posts: 4,049Registered User Senior Member
    Everyone at Yale is bright, accomplished and secure.
    Very chill.
    What you did in high school etc before Yale doesn't matter any more.
  • sunshine02sunshine02 Posts: 382Registered User Junior Member
    You know how if a student is in the same class before you and they have a test, many of his/her classmates ask her what is on the test? Do Yale, or any other Ivy League college students for that matter, do that often or is everyone just super-competitive with one another?
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 15,302Registered User Senior Member
    In college, most everyone takes exams simultaneously. It's not as if 1st hour Calc students could help 3rd hour Calc students. That's not how college classes are run. People are not super competitive in general. Very self driven, but very little jockeying against other students.
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