Why Ivys Aren’t Right For Everyone


BruniWhy Ivys Aren’t Right For Everyone
By Sheri ArbitalJacoby
Best-selling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni shared insights from his book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania at Temple Sinai of Roslyn in conjunction with the East Williston and Roslyn school districts.
After discussing his thoughts in an intimate setting with a select group of educators and community leaders over dinner, Bruni addressed a large audience and explained that although many people believe that attending an Ivy League school is the ultimate accomplishment, that select group of colleges is not always the best choice for every student. He pointed out that when looking at lists of winners of coveted academic awards and successful individuals at the top of their fields, while many did attend prestigious universities, a significant portion graduated from lesser-known small colleges and even state schools. He went on to say that many of these non Ivys can actually be a better choice for students, given specialized programs and teaching styles.
The evening concluded with a question and answer session from the audience, hosted by Rabbi Michael White of Temple Sinai. The take away: Like with most things, you can’t judge a book by its cover and you shouldn’t select a college solely on its name or status. Just because it’s esteemed, doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for every student. Plus, going into staggering debt to attend an expensive private school will have a greater impact on the graduate’s career as he or she will be forced to accept positions based on salary, rather than fulfillment. So, before assuming a student’s life will be over if he or she doesn’t attend an Ivy, research the substantial small, specialized programs. Applicants are likely to find a more suitable fit.
A Times staffer since 1995, Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist since 2011, and writes about diverse topics, ranging from American politics and higher education to gay rights. He has been a White House correspondent, the chief restaurant critic, a staff writer for The Times Magazine and the Rome bureau chief. His previous best sellers include Born Round, a memoir of his eating life, and Ambling into History concerning George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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