Originally Posted by mafoofan Jr.
Did you do Rhodes or Albright or did you read postgrad education at Oxford?
QUOTE=JLibourel;1582642]I always put on my resume that my B.A. from UCLA was granted with "Highest Honors." It kind of surprised me, as my GPA wasn't super-great, about a 3.6 (lotta B's in my first two years). I always suspected it may have been for taking tough courses like Sanskrit and getting into Oxford. However, I was honest on my resumes and always said that I only got a Second at Oxford.
No, I was not a Rhodes Scholar, nor did I have a Fulbright, which is what I think you mean. I was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (for college professors in training), which was unusual, as they were seldom awarded for study outside the USA. I studied at Oxford as a "Senior Student," i.e., as an undergraduate reading for a second B.A. (which in the curious Oxbridge way of things allowed me to buy an M.A. from Oxford some years later.
An amusing sidelight is that one of the guys chosen over me by the Rhodes selectors was up at Balliol with me. You could understand how he was chosen. Upon meeting him you would think, "How dynamic, how well informed!" After knowing him a week, you'd realize he wasn't so much dynamic as simply a loudmouth, and he seemed well informed because he was a monomaniac on politics and current events. Eventually he was disliked by all--Americans and British alike. At that point, he invited a columnist from one of the British evening newspapers up and wined dined her. She thereupon actually wrote a gushy article about him entitled, "I find a future president of the U.S. (I think) at Oxford." We all wanted to barf! Well, he didn't become president but he did go on to teach at a certain northeastern university (not one of the Ivy League). I later heard that at mid-life he had ditched his wife and run off with the Filipino house boy! Not long ago, there was an op-ed piece by him in the paper. It stated he was now an emeritus professor and lived in Manila and Bali. "Rice Queen!" thought I.