I commented on the post, Is It Worth Paying for a Yale Education.
Two of my daughters went to Yale. They got substantial financial aid. One daughter went to Boston University on a full tuition scholarship. You decide.
The BU graduate wishes she had gone to Yale because BU was too big. But she has stayed on the same career path, international relations, since her graduation in 1995. The Yale (1997)/Harvard/MIT grad completely switched goals, from chemistry to computers to strategic planning. The Yale (2000)/Harvard Law graduate only attended law school because she didn’t land a challenging journalism job. The political science department was too big; her professors didn’t know her well enough to give her a glowing recommendation or contact anyone on her behalf. She now equally a writer and a human rights lawyer, but she got her jobs primarily because of her excellent blogging.
The human rights lawyer met her wonderful husband, now an economics professor, at the beginning of her sophomore year at Yale. They got married at age 23 and have been happily married for 10 years. They have an incredibly beautiful, brilliant three year old. So Yale was absolutely worth it. That is the only life changing thing that could happen in college, wherever you go.
I am certain my being a creative, full-time educator and mother for 15 years made all the difference. I didn’t have it all, but my daughters come very close. Two have 2 children; one has 1. They found flexible, fascinating jobs and married men who share equally in child care and housekeeping. Having 5 brothers, I was a feminist since age 7, and their father and I raised them to expect equal parenting with their husbands.