Uncategorized | 1:11 pm | March 21, 2011 | By Sharon Yin

Harvard not all it’s cracked up to be, student writes

A Harvard education isn’t as great as outsiders seem to think, Harvard junior Alexander Heffner wrote in the U.S. News & World Report.

In the piece he calls the Harvard education “overrated” and points to the university’s public relations campaign as the source its esteem, not its community and interaction with professors.

He writes that a “lecture-based academic climate” stifles discussion and interaction with professors. Not to mention, scheduling office hours can be hard.

He warns high school seniors:

Don’t make the same mistake. If you receive a notice of acceptance from the Harvard admissions office next month, enjoy the moment, but consider how disappointed you may be three years from now. If you aren’t accepted, or if you never applied, consider yourself fortunate: you will receive a better education in the bargain.

Yalies, aren’t we glad we didn’t make a mistake.

Comments
  • River Tam

    Notably, Mr. Heffner has not transferred.

  • SimpleSolutions

    Yes, but I don’t see why the YDN needs to mention it.

  • Stiles

    Suprise!

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