Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Looking for realism in all the wrong places

Is "Ivy Week" supposed to correspond with anything that exists in real life?

Does anyone really care that much about his child going to Dartmouth?

How exactly does being an underemployed ex-grunge-rocker equate with having struggled and given one's all so that one's children can attend private high school? Aren't there surer routes to financial success?

5 comments:

Miss Self-Important said...

I see that we are on the same page here.

Glenn said...

You'd understand the importance if you were looking for a job in a real profession.

Phoebe said...

I'm not sure I understand Glenn's comment, but I think I should probably be offended.

Glenn said...

I didn't mean what I said as an insult. I apologize if you were offended.

I agree with you that the importance is overblown.

However, you will understand their view better when you job search for a permanent job and see how obsessed many prospective employer types are with the school you went to, and how important college/postgrad schools are as a brand name.

Phoebe said...

I'm not offended, just bewildered. What about my blog suggests I've never searched for a full-time job? But the point remains that 'Ivy Week' bears no relation to anything I've ever heard of that's part of the college process, and no, I don't think it's normal to care that much about your child going to one particular school. In the show it's supposed to symbolize something about the strings attached to being super-rich, but it falls flat.