What was the point of Ivy League? Major Regret and Depression
I attended Wharton for undergrad, did a MF PE analyst program in New York, and now am an associate at the same firm in the London office.
I attended Wharton because of my interest in finance and the reputation the school has for being the top in the world. It cost me $120,000 to attend.
Being in the London office, I am working with people from all over the world. My colleagues come from schools like Oxford, University of Sydney, and various other schools spread out amongst Europe.
After talking with them, I realized a few things…
1) Their schools are extremely cheap to attend. The most expensive was Oxford, which cost $45,000. This is a third of what it cost to attend Wharton.
2) Their college experience was easier. They take one exam at the end of each year. This is in contrast to the constant quizzing, exams, and homework that I went through at Wharton.
3) The only people at my firm who have heard of Wharton are the other Americans. My European colleagues have only heard of Harvard. Again, I was under the impression that Wharton was a top business school so this came as a massive surprise to me that people working in the finance industry had never even heard of it.
I feel extremely depressed thinking back to college. It makes me extremely upset thinking about how much me and my family paid to attend Wharton. I feel like I was completely lied to about the benefits of Wharton and Ivy League in general. I don't feel like I have benefited from the alumni network, the brand of the school, or the curriculum itself that was taught. I have been constantly depressed about it and have been suffering severe regret.
I know this is a finance forum and not a therapy session, but I just felt like I needed to vent. I've been extremely down the past months and haven't been able to pull myself out of it. Thank you for listening.