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Date: Mar 22 2006
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Harvard is a finishing school for the upper middle class and those who wish to enter the upper middle class. The majority of students come here with a firm idea of what they want to accomplish. Though Harvard does try to create a more liberal arts education with its core program, its students are really driven to look for certain things that would advance their careers. Forget about faculty interaction, most of the popular classes are taught by graduate students. Sometimes the teaching is not competent but exceptional results are still expected and often achieved. This illustrates the dynamic that student quality at Harvard is high but the administration takes it too much for granted as a result and can get away with doing very little to support them. However, there is a very high concentration of exceptional individuals that you're not going to meet anywhere else—roughly 10% of the student population. It makes up for the experience somewhat but Harvard was still in many ways, a disappointment. It is a great school if you are interested in taking another step beyond prep school into your father's business. Otherwise a smaller liberal arts school without dominating, and wealthy, graduate schools (the medical school, gilded in ostentatious marble, for instance), is a better choice for actual learning.
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