“Where you go is not where you’ll be “
This is the universal anxiety for all parents and students in Asian countries where there are limited university places: 2,500+ universities for 7 million Chinese high school students, 5 universities for 13,582 (@2015) Singaporean A-level students, …
Even the USA reputed with world-class university education, the American parents too face the same stress when sending 17-year-old kids to Ivy league universities !
◇ 60% Cornell students (2nd and 3rd year) lamenting not getting into Harvard or Yale !
◇ Those admitted into top universities take things for granted by “coasting” in lectures.
◇ Majority 2/3 of Top Fortune 100 CEOs did not go to Ivy league universities.
It is not which elite university you go to, it is how you explore these opportunities in any university :
◇ Diversity: people from all walks of society, international students : Campus life is a mini-society to cultivate people relationship skill, leadership…
◇ Overseas short exchange program : International exposure
◇ Industrial attachment : gain pre-working experience to help choosing future career.
◇ Discover your passion and what you are good at, then put all your times and energy on it.
Condoleezza Rice, the former USA Secretary of State, to her Stanford University students’ question :
“What must I do now, in order to be able to do what you did ? (as Secretary of State)”
She replied, “First, you must fail in Piano school.”
Rice dropped out from Music school earlier before switching to her passion in “International Relations” – which paved way to her rise to the number 2 post in GW Bush Administration.
Watch the terrible pressure from 4 kids and their parents in this documentary video :
Out of 4 of them, only 1 made it to Harvard but picked Yale, another to Dartmouth College, the other 2 were rejected by Colombia and all ivy schools respectively.