People often ask you where you went to college. For many students who attended Ivy League universities, they often choose to respond to that question in a similar fashion. Let’s play out the scenario for you. A coworker asks, “Where did you go to school?” The Ivy Leaguer responds, “High school?” “No, college,” answers the coworker. “Oh. I went to school in New Jersey.” “Oh, you went to Rutgers,” asks the coworker. At this point, the Ivy Leaguer has no choice but to say, “Princeton.” There’s even a funny YouTube video that was recently posted about these very scenarios. We didn’t link to it, though, because some of the content wasn’t appropriate. But it’s funny nonetheless.
Why do you think so many Ivy League graduates don’t just say “Princeton” right at the beginning? Why do graduates of Dartmouth College say they went to school in New Hampshire, leading some to presume that they attended the University of New Hampshire? Why do graduates of Harvard lead some to presume that they went to school at Boston University because they say they went to school in Boston? Do you think it’s because these grads don’t want to come across as elitist?
We think that’s the answer. It’s a shame that folks have to think someone is being elitist just because they mention where they went to college. It’s a shame that folks have to think someone is being elitist just because they wear the sweatshirt of their alma mater. It’s not like folks think someone is being elitist for wearing a UNC hoodie. They’re just wearing their school’s colors. So why do folks think someone wearing an Ivy League sweatshirt is elitist?
That answer is…they’re just insecure. Don’t be ashamed of where you went to school, Ivy League graduates. Be proud to wear the sweatshirt of your alma mater. There’s no need to say that you went to school in New Haven. Or Providence. It’s okay to tell the whole truth rather than vaguely cite Ivy League cities!
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