Elite high school worth mentioning?

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Hi all, I’m in a bit of a conundrum. I am afraid that this is a topic I may get some unfavorable comments on, but pls bear with me. When I was 13, i enrolled in one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the world (Eton / Andover / Rosey etc). I was quite home sick and didn’t get along with my head-master. As a result, I had dropped Out of school After a year, and enrolled at another top Boarding school in Asia / Middle East - where I had more success in terms of social assimilation. My first school though was way more prestigious than the one I had subsequently ended up attending. Now I’m graduating from uni (a non-target according to WSO but with supportive alumni network) I wonder if I can mention to people that I had once attended the school which I eventually left? As I mentioned, it is way more prestigious than my eventual Alma Mater and is something that may force people to see me in a different light. What are your thoughts? If I don’t, should I at least mention it on my LinkedIn? I know I may come across as a troll but I’m dead serious and have no ill intentions to stoke a class-war.

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Mar 14, 2020 - 2:39pm

My high school was better than yours. I graduated last in class, and am running a few billion in assets.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 
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  • Assist. VP in PE - LBOs
Mar 14, 2020 - 3:08pm

Whatever1984:

My high school was better than yours. I graduated last in class, and am running a few billion in assets.

Great - good for u

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Mar 14, 2020 - 3:39pm

Not sure here but going from an ‘elite’ high school to a non-target kind of looks like you’re underperforming. On the other hand, could help with alumni of that high school.

 
Mar 14, 2020 - 4:25pm

Assist. VP in PE - LBOs:

pls bear with me. When I was 13

You're graduating university and you're still talking about when you were 13?

Haven't you interned 1-2 times by now? What is your feedback and experience from your internships? You haven't mentioned your major or desired direction.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
  • Assist. VP in PE - LBOs
Mar 14, 2020 - 5:14pm

Ok let me be clear. I went to a non target which is still a top 20 LAC in the US (Colgate, Carleton, Colby) because I wanted financial Independence from my parents who were only willing to pay if I attended certain schools. I attended these schools on a Hefty scholarship.

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Mar 14, 2020 - 5:35pm

I'd say leave it off your resume. You could use it while networking to make a connection with the other person, but it would strike me as a bit odd to find a boarding school a candidate attended at 14 on their resume when they're graduating college.

 
Mar 14, 2020 - 7:53pm

If you didn't graduate from there, I wouldn't mention it. Having to go through the whole explanation would be even worse.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
 
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Mar 14, 2020 - 9:27pm

You're right, this is going to get some unfavorable comments. No one gives a shit about where you went to high school.

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Mar 14, 2020 - 9:38pm

lmao this is so ridiculous, literally nobody cares where you went to high school, I know people who went to HYP, and then transferred to top 20 schools and even they dont mention that they went to HYP on resume, linkedin, or anything because they didnt graduate there and it looks pathetic to put it on/talk about it like some poser

 
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Mar 15, 2020 - 9:03am

Agreed but if the OP transferred out of this top high school, as he says, how would mentioning it help him at all?

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Mar 15, 2020 - 11:42am

If he dropped out, I don't think it'd help him at all - probably hurt him, if anything. The inevitable question would be "Why did you drop out? (from one of the best schools in the world)"

Sure, if you have some amazing story ready at hand, probably no harm...but I don't really see any upsides. Bette to just scratch it off, especially if he went to another good school afterwards.

 
Mar 15, 2020 - 11:54pm

Your greatest asset in this equation will likely be your relationships with your peers at this school and possibly working with them later in life in business. Touting that you went to this school is not going to be a clear strength as you only attended.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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