“Does Your School Matter?” by AsapSCIENCE has reached more than a million views on Youtube.
While the modern-day world is concerned about attending an IVY league college, this video suggests otherwise.
The SAT scores of the bottom-third of Harvard students were better than those of the average school in America. However, the number of graduates by the top-third of the class in an average school was similar to that of Harvard.
AsapSCIENCE has described this phenomenon as the “big fish-little pond effect.” Harvard students think of themselves as a little fish in a big pond. Just like everyone else, these students do not compare themselves globally, but to each other.
Feeling small in a very big pond can deplete confidence and motivation, even if compared to the rest of the world, a student in a elite school is considered to be at the top.
Basically, your chances of earning a degree in college will rise by 2% if you don’t go to your top pick. This does not sound appealing, but a study from The Economist shows that such students have a greater chance of success in the real world than 75% of graduates from at the top American universities such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.
Thus, the “formula for success” is not just about GPA, SAT scores, or what school you went to. To succeed, you also need confidence in your abilities. Strive to be the big fish in your pond!