Are universities more dedicated to the pursuit of prestige over knowledge? One article from the Telegraph thinks students enroll in universities considered “socially significant.”
While elite colleges in the UK such as Oxford, Cambridge Durham, Edinburgh, and Bristol are undoubtedly good schools, much of their attendance may be based largely on trendiness. IIt is not hard to imagine the American schools such as Columbia, Yale, and Harvard in the same comparative sentence.
By focusing on more fashionable schools, incoming students focus on getting admission into the “Favored Few” rather than consider the possibility of getting an even better education elsewhere. This leads to undergraduates who are uninterested, unprepared, and unhappy with their academic life because they picked a school based on the opinions of others and not on their own enthusiasm.
This general perspective among college students on academia needs to shift towards a more pragmatic framework. Students must factor in direct variables to their college experience, such as social scene, proximity to family, professors of interest, school resources, even the weather. The sad reality is that many realize far too late into their college tenure that college glory fades, but education is forever.
Nathan Repp is a writer for Scholar Hero, Inc.