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Re: What? (archive)

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Posted by not so fast, smart guy on October 06, 1999 at 00:10:35:

In Reply to: What? posted by CAL on October 05, 1999 at 22:26:46:

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: You're funny MK. What the heck does his going to Princeton has anything to do with his driving 100mph? Besides, you got to look at the individual departments of a university before you decide if a person studying at that university in that particular department is good or bad. For example, a student who studies computer science at Yale is pathetic. Why? because Yale's enginnering programs suck big time. I got accepted by Princeton, too. Why didn't I go there? Because I want to be an engineer. Princeton's engineering program is only ranked #12. The school I end up with, UC Berkeley College of Enginnering, is ranked #2 in the nation. Does that mean I can drive faster than a Princeton enginnering student? Hell no!

: Besides, I think you should know that the college a person goes to doesn't say that much about that person's intelligence or ability. Look at me, I am stupid enough to write this kind of post.

: CAL


Nice bragging. When I was a Computer Science Ph.D student at UCLA, some of my fellow students would brag a lot about how UCLA (along with Stanford, Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, and Berkeley) was in the top five. But rankings like this are based almost entirely on the credentials of the faculty, and to some degree on the amount of research money that the graduate school has available. The quality of the students is insignificant in the ranking. And the quality of the faculty is only of real importance to the graduate students, since the "best" faculty members avoid undergraduate teaching as much as possible.

The point of all this, you ask? Avoid overconfidence on the road and you'll live longer. Avoid overconfidence in your mental ability and you will be less obnoxious. Can't we all just get along?



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