Harvard University consistently is ranked one of the top universities in the world. But what if you go to Harvard University and still end up a nobody? When I say nobody, I’m just talking about being an average person working an average job. Not someone still living in mom’s garage playing video games all day at age 40.
A happy life is all about managing expectations. If you matriculate at Harvard, whether for undergrad or graduate school, great things are expected of you. And if you don’t do great things, are you a disappointment? Many would say so.
Education has been on my mind a lot lately after my son got into preschool this fall. If he likes the school, it goes through the 8th grade. Is it worth spending tens of thousands a year for the next nine years? I’m not so sure!
In addition, I was a high school tennis coach for three years observing how the kids went through the pressure of trying to get into a good university. I sometimes wondered whether their grind was all worth it. Supposedly my high school is one of the best in the city, yet not every graduate goes to a university like Harvard. In fact, most attend regular schools any high schooler could have gotten into.