Mod note: this comment was posted last week in response to ITF's bog post "Unschool Yourself" and deserved its own spot on the homepage.
Flesh, you are spot on. It's refreshing to hear this kind of attitude on WSO. I haven't posted on here in a while, because I've become bored with hearing from college kids that are still, albeit unknowingly, wearing their blinders. All they see is "prestige" (I wish this word would die a long horrible death), and they are all reinforcing to each other this myth that they will be "successful and happy" if they can check a list of boxes on their resume. (target school? BB internship? Top MBA?)
I grew up a middle class midwestern life. I did well in school and my parents' friends always told me I'd be successful. But, I was never really rich or poor. In high school and early college, I worked for four summers on a construction crew, alongside guys that were making ~$20k a year (plus wife making similar money). Juxtapose that to my evenings, which were spent in a social circle with girls and guys from the 1% (although that term didn't exist back then). I will tell you something that forever has shaped the way that I view "success" and "happiness:"
Rich or poor, EVERYONE has the same sorts of problems.