In applications, such as Rice University, they ask you to list other schools you will be applying to. Being a staunch follower of 'Honesty is the best policy', I dutifully filled in other colleges where I was applying with some big names like Cornell and Stanford too.
Now, will this hurt me? I do not regret filling it so, as I cant bear the dishonsety of lying unnecessarily. But, is this used to see whether X college is a backup or is it otherwise.
What it occurs to me presently is:
1. It shows that X college is a backup if the listed is a real rocking one
2. It shows what the students estimation and self-confidence is. If I list some biggies, I may estimate myeslf to me a cpapble student of getting it so, or if I list some Tier - III schools, I may be applying to X college just for kicks.
Does anyone know what the answer is? Is Honesty not the best policy?