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I've been meaning on writing something specifically about this sort of thing. Kids end up spending so much time getting into good schools that they completely lose touch with what it means to be a kid. Yes, hard work is part of life, but so is understanding how to deal with people, and most importantly, relaxing. I have a boss who likely never had a childhood and now has no social skills whatsoever. I brushed on this topic in a post,

but ultimately, the problem is kids working too hard. Life is too short. Give them the summer, they'll get to work through it soon enough.



The question is how many kids to worked hard to be admitted to an "elite school" start out as that biochemistry major and then how many quickly change their major. Remember, Chelsea Clinton started out as a biochemistry major at Stanford but had changed majors by her Sophmore year.

The question that all kids should be ask is "Is getting a degree in biochemistry or some other "hard" major more or less important than getting a degree from an "elite" university? If the degree is more important, then they should view universities different than the student who just wants to tell people he graduated from Duke, Vanderbilt without regard to the actual degree.

Dave Shearon

Don't know about other majors, but biochem at Emory offers lots of opportunities to work on research in the Center for Disease Control (almost part of the Emory campus). As for engineering, I think the "elite" school for that in the area is Georgia Tech.


Two points on college choice:

1. What in the life experience of a high school student helps them choose a university? Too many kids pick a school because it is "elite" ,looks good, or the student body has the proper demographics.

2. Too many kids opt to stay in an elite school instead of changing schools to pursue educational goals. If you look up elite universities, like Duke University or Emory, the Most Popular Majors: Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General.

I wonder how many kids started at Duke as Economics or psychology and how many switched out of biochemistry or engineering to stay at the "elite" school?

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