Podunk U vs. Harvard vs. Happiness in Life

Good read this morning, via Gallup, by way of NPR:

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won’t Make You Happier In Life Or Work

The opening paragraph:

There’s plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a new Gallup poll suggests that, later in life, it doesn’t matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they’re “engaged” with their work or “thriving” in all aspects of their lives, their responses don’t vary one bit whether they went to a prestigious college or not.

The following blurb from the end of that read made me smile (emphasis mine):

In the meantime, the take-home message for students is clear, says Brandon Busteed, who leads Gallup’s education work: “If you can go to Podunk U debt free vs. Harvard for $100,000, go to Podunk.12 And concentrate on what you do when you get there.”

  1. There’s an in-joke somewhere in there for my current and former AP Stat students []
  2. On the other hand, if you can go to Harvard for free……… []