I'm a sophomore philo major at USC, but you probably already knew that from "Adventures in getting a white girl" and other such bullshit threads. Anyway, lately I've seriously considered transferring; not because I am wholly disgusted with the school, but because perhaps I'm slightly dissatisfied. I'm not sure if this is because of my surroundings or my perspective. It's kind of a hassle to redo the entire app process and then adjust to new surroundings etc... So I'm wondering if it's worth it. I mean, I made such a poor decision coming out of highschool. I'm kind of an idiot, but you knew that... here were literally my reasons for choosing SC over other schools (actually just UCLA, NYU). 1. A lot of my high school friends were going here. Now I see/talk to/hang out with them once, maybe twice a month. 2. I've always wanted to go to SC, mostly because I liked their colors. 3. Hot girls..... but seriously, as an aggregate whole, it's not like the student body is significantly more attractive than other schools I've visited, but that there are more 9's and 10's that raise the average. But really, who cares about eye-candy. Here are reasons why I want to transfer (in no particular order). 1. School reputation. USC is a good school. It's about as selective as UCLA and Berkeley, but it doesn't get any respect outside of Socal and is better known for spoiled and stupid rich kids and football than academic rigor. I figure in the eyes of a future employer this would come back and hurt me. 2. Student body. The majority of student body is fairly smart and accomplished, but there are quite a few "spoiled and stupid rich kids" among us. We call them legacies. They are the prototypical USC student of the pre 90's... dumb as fuck but with enough money and connection to buy them into college. I dare say about 15% of my classmates fall under this; they really detract from the holistic experience because they talk the loudest and know the least. A note about college: Personally, I'm under the impression that the "perfect fit" school thing is complete bullshit sold to affluent people so they can justify spending an obscene amount of money on college. That if you go anywhere where you won't be completely alienated and amputated from your surroundings (say... if I were to go to a super conservative university, a total "bro" one or a historically black one or whatever)- any and every college can be both a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Anyone care to chime in? Anyway, schools I'm considering... UChicago, Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, Brown, Darmouth, Northwestern. I'd love to go to Columbia, but I wasn't competitive in high school so . TLDR SUMMARY: I'm kind of a superficial status whore and don't think my school has a good enough reputation to give me a good shot at meaningful employment... also there being A LOT of dumb kids that without their money/connections would be going to a second rate state school makes life miserable. Is taking a chance and leaving everything here behind, completely changing surroundings and climbing the arbitrarily college prestige ladder a worthwhile investment of time/effort?
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11/16/10 at 5:34am