Wow, many Brown University graduates feel life is going well for them. Many Harvard College graduates feel the opposite.
With teenagers in the house, college admissions has become a fairly regular household topic. I’m a big believer in due diligence. Comes with my job. I assume that all the pretty college web sites, school tours, and various collateral are this: marketing material. They may or may not accurately reflect what life really is like at a college.
I’m also a data fan and stumbled on StudentsReview.com. The site is great. Current students and alumni can fill out surveys online. A very interesting question is asked of alumni: “Are things going well in general?”
I was stunned by how disparate the average answers are. For example, the site lets you compare colleges. There is a pre-set table for some selective schools. You can hit the link or blow up the pic below.
Of course, these surveys have huge limitations, but, given that these are relative rankings, any systemic flaw should affect all schools.
Ultimately, IMO, college is about “fit” between the school and the student. I’m sure there are many, many happy Harvard College graduates. But, all this data are worth pondering, given private colleges cost over $200K.
Crowd-sourced data are pretty cool.
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Amazingly, it is one of the busiest days of the year at Catholic churches, and, unlike Christmas and Easter, is not an obligatory day for attending services.
I’m giving up alcohol for Lent. I do it every year and am actually looking forward to it. Mrs. T. usually gives up sweets, but this year, also will give up alcohol.
Lent is a very curious time for me. Some of my biggest life decisions have come during Lent. For whatever reason, it’s a time of clarity and peace for me.
In a time when there is more and more encouragement to buy stuff, I like Lent’s counter-cultural encouragement to make do with less.
I love football. But, I’m not going to watch the Super Bowl.
As a kid, I was the one, who, on New Year’s Day, would watch all three Bowl games in a row, barely leaving the TV to eat. I remember being in my pajamas all day.
As an adult now, I read a great deal about the Patriots and follow quite a few analysts and bloggers.
But, all that has changed.
More and more evidence has come out that NFL players are suffering significant brain damage after retiring. And, I’m starting to really realize that the “NFL is a business,” enjoying legal status as a monopoly and doing their best to control their image.
Finally, while I could watch the Super Bowl, I’m thinking instead: why should I? The league has done their best to disparage the Patriots and fine them for a crime that science says they didn’t do.
So, after many decades of watching the Super Bowl, I won’t watch this one. It’s OK to help billionaire owners make more billions. If the Patriots had advanced, I would be watching it, frankly. Normally, I’d watch the game as a general football fan.
But, not this year. It just doesn’t feel right to me.
So, I’m cooking a massive lasagna for my family. It’s Sunday Dinner. We’ll open a nice bottle of wine and have sparkling cider for the children. It will be a good evening.
And, I’ll wake up at 5 am and read about the Super Bowl then. For me, it’s not worth the time or the emotional investment right now.