M. Erez Kats, Seattle Language Arts Teacher, Author, and Artist
I agree with the above expert. Although the reputation of any given school does or may carry a lot of weight or clout in some circles of the business world, or in the educational world as a whole, it does not automatically guarantee anybody success in the business world, nor does it necessarily mean you are smarter than anybody else. There are many self-taught geniuses in this world as I'm sure you know, or people like Steve Jobs and many of the moguls that started the dot-com boom and/or Silicon Valley success, who either dropped out of high-school, didn't finish college, and spent most of their time designing in their own garages. There are many self-made millionaires in all different fields, and people that are gifted with their hands and/or bodies for instance, but possibly not in their minds per se. That said, just getting into a school like Harvard shows that you have accomplished a great deal in high school, or you never would have gotten in in the first place, not to mention whatever extracurriculars you possess. And once you get there, people are aware of how rigorous the school is, and how renowned the professors are, many of whom have succeeded in the real world to a large extent, so getting a degree from Harvard certainly cannot hurt you. But you should simply avoid that feeling of entitlement that can lead to laziness - in "expecting" that a degree from this school will get you exactly where you want to be in life at the drop of a hat, without you having to continue to prove yourself. This would be a very erroneous mistake, and would in many ways waste the great education this highly reputable school would give you. Much of this is common sense, I know, but just wanted you to be aware, and to always work your hardest. Developing a good work ethic, and a love for what you do in your chosen profession, will always benefit you the most no matter what school you come from. Good luck!