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We've all been stuck in the infinite loop of "prestige matters-spend the money", "prestige doesn't matter-don't be an idiot"
We argue about it non-stop on here, but we all know that we live in a world where most people have very limited knowledge about colleges. If most people were asked to pick the more rigorous school out of Xavier and Williams, most people would probably pick Xavier.
Instead of arguing about prestige on here day and night, how do we get the message out to the outside world?
We all know that the education a kid would get at Fairfield is no different than what they would get at Villanova.
How do we get that message out, so that everyone knows it, not just all of us? I actually think it's not possible,
based on my experiences here, I think we need a workaround.
I was thinking about it the other night. My daughter could probably get into Villanova or Lehigh, but I can't afford it, because we make too much money. So I might have to send her to Fairfield, which is a great school, but definitely has less prestige.
I was thinking about the people reading her resume with Fairfield on it. If I could only make every person reading her resume think about the fact that she "went" to Fairfield, but "she could have gone to" Villanova, Bucknell, etc." that would make the world a more fair place. Maybe she could put that right after her degree - "Admitted to Villanova, Attended Fairfield".
I'm kidding, of course, but you see what I'm saying. I'm going to be bold, and say that anyone who disagrees with me is full of it. And my apologies to any Fairfield people. I love the school, and I think my daughter might very well end up attending there. I'm just being honest.
But is there a way to get people to read resumes the way I just described? It seems reasonable, in today's college market, to assume that any kid who is isn't rich, is at a school which is at least one tier below where they could have attended.
Is there any way to get the resume readers to read resumes this way? It seems like a simple thing. It seems much easier than the way most people on here approach the problem - convince people that prestige doesn't matter at all. It clearly does.
I don't have a solution to the resume reader problem, other than having all of us harass our friends and family about it, which isn't a bad start. I'm going to think about it some more, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.