Recently I posted a dispatch from a reader based in New Haven, himself a Harvard graduate, who said that America’s elite-level universities were ill-prepared for what the Trump administration had in store for them.
Here is a sampling of the response that has come in. First, the flippant:
Your blog post detailing a reader’s concern about the insularity and elitism of Ivy League universities made me think of a personal anecdote about the last time I visited Cornell.
It was my 24th birthday, and I was at an apartment party with a few friends. I was offered the chance to pick the music, and I decided to put on one of the greatest pop songs of all time, Mariah Carey’s “Emotions.”
Not only did no one besides me dance, but someone had the gall to change the track during the iconic vamp where Mariah hits the highest falsetto note of the song. Maybe it’s just me being petty, but that moment demonstrated the aloofness and entitlement of Ivy League students; if they wouldn’t let me finish listening to one of my favorite songs on my birthday, and an objectively fantastic one at that, how much awareness do they really have about their fellow American’s lives, and will they realize that their instincts and decision-making skills aren’t always right?
Yeah, I’m probably just being petty.
More substantively, from a young woman named Erica Yurvati :
I just read your post about the future of elite schools in the Trump era. I think I might have a unique perspective to add.
I grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, which is a small town in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It’s definitely Trump territory. Most of my ancestors were farmers and my mom’s generation was the first to go to college. I was an overachiever who made the most of the opportunities at my school and was lucky enough to have parents who supported me in activities outside of school.
When I got into Yale, I knew it would change my life and it absolutely did.