People make such a huge deal about University, and the school you went to, and how much smarter/stupider you were than your peers.
But what does it even matter in a few years? Almost everyone is working in a few years. Even if you're working a 'status' oriented profession, you're not sitting there comparing test scores to see whose smarter, so what does it even matter.
Most Helpful Guy
I don't necessarily take pride in being smart as such but I do take pride in wanting to learn more and being curious. This are two quite different things. Not knowing something is no shame. However, not wanting to know or understand something is a shame. There are uncountable people out there who are too lazy to actually educate themselves and prefer being ignorant simply because it's more convenient. That is an attitude I only have contempt for.
Also, while I'm not proud of being smart, I am proud of having worked so hard to become well-educated and attend a university. See, in my country Switzerland, we have a different education system than the US or most other countries do. The vast majority of teenagers do an apprenticeship and learn a job after completing their mandatory school education. Some other young adults also pursue an education at a higher education institution comparable to a community college in the US.
In order to attend a real university in Switzerland, you have to be very, very good. That doesn't just mean smart but also motivated and willing to work hard. You have to pass a special entry exam (in several subjects) to get into the type of high school that allows you to attend a university later. This high school takes 4 years and at the end, you have a really big exam as well. We don't have "good" and "bad" universities in Switzerland like they do in America because we don't have private universities. All universities are public and they are all very good (for example the one I'm attending is in the top 50 of the world). Now, I'm not proud of being a student at such a prestigious university. BUT I am proud for having pulled through and worked hard to get where I am now. Only 15-20% of the population in Switzerland make it to university because universities are so highly selective (it's not like in America where any idiot can attend a college). And I'm especially proud to have made it into these top 20% in terms of education despite being almost blind (which means I've always had to work 200% to get the same results as other people).0
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Most Helpful Girl
I am always competitive :/
there always smthng to compete on0