A Harvard Education Isn't As Advertised

A Harvard education is more about reputation than stimulation.


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The blogger's attitude underscores what's wrong with perceptions of Harvard and higher education, broadly speaking: The quality of one's education derives from a community of human interaction, not the growing lecture circuit that Harvard embodies. Three years ago, I fantasized about attending Harvard—and when that dream was realized, I anticipated I was in for one of the most intellectually stimulating experiences of my life. Instead, I got one of the least.

Don't make the same mistake. If you receive a notice of acceptance from the Harvard admissions office next month, enjoy the moment, but consider how disappointed you may be three years from now. If you aren't accepted, or if you never applied, consider yourself fortunate: you will receive a better education in the bargain.

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