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Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Aug 24 2004
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
I see a lot of comments here making excuses for Harvard, that every school has its bad points, that every situation is what you make of it, that the opportunities are here if only you spend all day and night chasing them down, blah blah blah blah.

The bottom line is that a school costing this much and maintaining the image of itself that Harvard does should offer a high standard of education, faculty accessibility, resources, and support for its students.

Harvard does none of this. It is failure in all four of these categories. Classes are large and impersonal, professors uninterested in teaching and undergraduates, and resources and support for undergrads virtually nonexistent.

I spent my weekends at other schools, hanging out. I even went to classes at places like BU, Princeton, and UCLA. Harvard could seriously be one of the worst schools on the face of the earth.

Those articles in The Crimson that the economics guy below me points out are representative. I read the mental health series when it came out, and it seemed a pretty good picture of Harvard as a generally pathological place. It amazes me that students will be so fake around prospective students and say how great Harvard is, but then five minutes later go back to their dorms and kvetch about every aspect of campus life.

Go somewhere else. Anywhere else. And do not listen to The Crimson Key people.

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