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The Big Question About College

In the world we live in today, there are thousands of learning institutions to choose from.You can go to a trade school, community college, bootcamp, or just your regular old liberal arts college. Yet, despite this plentiful selection, most people focus on the most prestigious of them all. People talk about trying to get accepted into the Ivy Leagues like Harvard or Yale,or STEM colleges like MIT or Carnegie Mellon, and I could understand why. Employers who find out that you graduated from these institutions will be impressed by it and will most likely want to give you the job. I mean, that is where some of the most successful people in the world graduated from, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who went to Harvard or Katie Bouman, the MIT graduate who discovered the first real picture of a black hole. And if you take into consideration the starting salaries of Ivy League graduates that make around 70,000 dollars as their starting salary ("Top Ivy League Schools", 2019), you would think that in order to be very successful, one must attend a highly ranked university, or else you won't be as skilled in your field and won't make as much. Or is it? Thing is, that is a question I keep asking myself from time to time. I would ask my parents, friends, teachers, the internet, pretty much everyone, and the answers where all over the place. I remember how about a year ago, I read countless articles about this, and I came to a conclusion that where you went to college totally did not matter, but then one day I had a conversation about this with my physics teacher, and he completely disagreed with me. He said that people who graduated from top universities end up working in super high end positions, like CIA agents or senators and representatives in Congress, and how going to such colleges can drastically affect one’s career options. This really got me thinking, and with this research project I hope to answer this question once and for all. So let’s get to the point: does it really matter where you go to college?