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An astoundingly overrated university, supported on a foundation of old money and old ideals. The brand name of Harvard is recognized around the world, and yet you go there and wonder what all the fuss is about. The classes do not teach anything you cannot find with a little elbow grease and the internet (or, hell, you can even go to this thing called a library), but you pay an astronomical sum of $55,000 per year to go there. That is not for the education, but for the piece of paper you receive at the end of your term, the logo. And what can you buy with that piece of paper? The list grows shorter and shorter, at least in American society, where the number of decent-paying jobs for graduates stagnates or declines. The promise of a bright future attainable after passage through Harvard's fabled gates is quickly realized as a sham! Skills and experience are more valuable to pursue, and far less costly. Recent college grads look at this situation and then say, well, I'll just get another degree, and then, then I'll be marketable! Not necessarily... And when do you think "real life" will start for you?

You ask, well, what about the research opportunities, after all, Harvard is a research institution, where great individuals come together to work on exciting ideas? Well, remember that research and its funding are not governed by the individuals undertaking it and their pure interests, but by corporations, the military, and political correctness. And on the individual level, there is not much room for collaboration in an environment of workaholism and competition.

Further, as a whole, Harvard students are ostensibly bright but school-whipped individuals suffering from imposter syndrome and extended adolescence, so they go scurrying around filling up their curricula with the toughest material they can find in order to be comparatively successful, and in the meantime, are sorting out what it means to be biologically old enough to have had a few kids, but to still be running around campus with backpacks. Many of them are completely lost in life, pushed to study some subject by their parents or the society at large, and to make those decisions before they've had a chance to sort out who they are without their schoolwork. If you don't believe me, ask around at the Office of Career Services or at the Bureau of Study Counsel or at their Mental Health Services, and see how many reports there are of restless, anxious, depressed students who fear they are out of touch with themselves and where they are going in life, despite being at one of the best universities in the world.

Many of the statements I make apply not only to Harvard, but to other Ivy-League and Ivy-League-league schools. And certainly, there are individual exceptions to the generalizations I make, but the overall tone of Harvard is one of disillusionment rather than enlightenment.

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by Bagheera 2 years ago
The oldest university in the United States located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is famous for having taught many prominent americans, and is often considered to be the best, or one of the best universities in the world.

Often criticized for its elitism, extreme focus on career vs. personal life, old-fashioned/strict approach to education, and creation of large, obnoxious egos.

by spotless mind 2 years ago
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