Boston.com- It’s a loaded word. And everyone who has ever been a student at Harvard University – the school minted about 7,000 new graduates this month – is acutely aware of the perils of using it. They have been through it many times, seen the bomb explode in different ways. Each has an approach, goals for how it should go off. When confronted with questions about their education, many elect simply for a kind of dodge, the most famous being the Boston method. “I went to school in Boston.’’ Although the pop culture image of Harvard people is that they are shamelessly throwing it around, most students and graduates say the reality is the opposite. People can say it is not a big deal to go to Harvard, but that would just be pretending, Mayer said. She went to Princeton as an undergrad, and said the reaction to that word is nothing compared with Harvard. Don Chiofaro – the developer who, when he was trying to build International Place in the 1980s, famously walked into a meeting at the Boston Redevelopment Authority wearing his Harvard football jersey and carrying a boombox playing the “Rocky’’ soundtrack – said he is, surprisingly, very cautious about introducing Harvard into conversations.
Is this not the embodiment of why people think Harvard is the definition of pretentious? I personally don’t have a vendetta against the kids over in Cambridge, but it’s shit like this that makes people hate you. It’s absolutely insane that a three page article about the pros and cons of saying where you went to school was actually published in a major news outlet . Get over yourselves Crimson (and now that I typed that out and realize how stupid it sounds, maybe get a real fucking mascot while you’re at it). I go to a school full of assholes too, but at least we’re vain enough to embrace our relatively high US News ranking. If you went to Harvard, you obviously know you’re better than everyone else. The moment you got accepted you gave up the right to act like you were humble. If I had enough initiative to get into Harvard you can guarantee I would spend everyday decked out head to toe in school gear like a fat girl on a frozen yogurt run.
The only reason I can think of that you would be afraid to say you went to Harvard is that you’re one of the two people from your graduating class that didn’t go on to to change the world. Chances are if you went to Harvard, you have an equally douchey job like politicians or neuroscienctist or some other occupation Asian parents really want their children to end up having. I could see if you were afraid of people thinking you sold yourself short after graduating, but it’s not like you’re going to say “I went to Harvard. Oh, what do I do now? I post music on a semi-popular blog and go around the country encouraging college kids to make the best worst decisions of the their lives.” I could see why maybe then you would be more reserved, but at the same time, there’s no chance that would ever happen.