People that went to top schools - do you think the rest of us are stupid?

Amazon Zuck4Prez
Dec 4, 2017 50 Comments

I didn’t get into a top school. I go to a schools ranked in the hundreds overall and 50-ish for CS. Every day I feel like dying because people from top schools look at people like me (best I’ve done is Amazon for new grad, low IQ for FB or Google) with disgust and disdain.

So, if you went to Stanford, MIT etc - what do you REALLY think of the rest of us?

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  • New VmFJ27
    Well considering you work at the same company as those top school grads shouldn't you be happy? You didn't need to work as hard or have as rich of parents to get where you are.
    Dec 4, 2017 5
    • Amazon Zuck4Prez
      OP
      I work at Amazon, not Facebook. If I worked at Facebook I would actually be happy. Facebook is prestigious.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • New VmFJ27
      Oh, nevermind you work at amazon. You're obviously trash. Must get paid 30k per year and live in a box.

      Sorry to hear how terrible your life turned out. Should have been smarter and tried harder to get into a top school so you could get out of the ghetto.

      Get off your pity party bus.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng 20% raise
      Amazon is significantly more prestigious than Facebook
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng ergosculpt
      ^ wat?
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      If working at fb is what makes you happy, you have bigger problems
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Amazon 123raj
    Yes
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Google Noogie
    Nope, unless they are smarter than me. Then I use my pedigree as a crutch to avoid accepting that I'm not actually a genius and just got bankrolled through life.
    Dec 4, 2017 1
    • Google / Eng maryjane
      Too real
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Oracle / Eng Madmaxf
    I have a friend from MIT and he is stupid ....
    Dec 4, 2017 2
    • New / Eng eniac
      Feel bad for him to have you as a "friend".
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Expedia Df372fa
      @eniac - 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Facebook / Product
    oooooops

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    oooooopsmore
    I went to community college in the US, got mediocre GPA because I was working 2 jobs while going to school full-time, and work at FB as pretty senior PM.

    Many of my colleagues went to Harvard, Stanford, MIT, etc. I find myself being just as smart as they are, they just didn't have to go through all the shit I did. It makes me proud to know I caught up with them (and surpassed in some cases)
    Dec 4, 2017 1
    • New / Product
      PrisePM

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      PrisePMmore
      Did you have a lot of pm experience to land a pm job at fb? Would be great if you could share your journey :)
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Snapchat / Eng GoSnappy
    You sound like you care too much. I work with and have worked with tons of ivy leaguers and they really aren't any different than anyone else. Gotta remember that going to an elite college doesn't mean a whole lot. Especially if it was over a decade ago.
    Dec 4, 2017 13
    • Google / Eng maryjane
      > that's pretty fucking hard to refute

      I'm unclear on why "recollection" is the focal point of your argument. Please give me a taste of the critical thinking they're either teaching you at Snap or whatever they gave you on flashcards at the community college you went to.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Snapchat / Eng BapChat
      This conversation is clearly futile. You're right. You win. A degree from whatever Ivy League you went to is highly relevant to your current experience and intelligence even if it's from a long time ago. Conversation over. Continue feeling proud about your education.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      Salty snapper
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Facebook Sona
      Your failing to understand that the school you went to has little impact on your intelligence. On our knowledge? Perhaps. But little to do with your intelligence. Thus recency of education has little to do with how smart you are now and how dumb you think other people are now. And yes, you do not articulate your arguments well.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Snapchat / Eng BapChat
      I agreed with you in my first posts. I legit said "I'd still maintain that where doesn't have an impact." What about that was hard to digest? I said it doesn't matter for intelligence.

      If it had a difference, over time any difference would be marginalized. I literally agree with you and you sit and bitch like a petulant toddler. You must be lovely to work with. Done. Blocked since you are clearly here to troll and argue.
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Google Ummmmmmmmm
    I think less of you for this post, not for the school you went to. Lame AF.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Toptal Eckbeck
    I am not from top school but i have many colleagues from top schools. I don feel arrogance from them. But i feel kinda arrogance from ex-top company colleagues.
    Dec 4, 2017 4
    • Toptal Eckbeck
      E.g. they would often say as an argument "at google we don't do it this way" or "at facebook i did not need that"...
      Dec 4, 2017
    • BMO Bvnq30
      That's because they are right.
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Microsoft third_leg
      @eckbeck, come meet me. I will show you some arrogance. Idiot
      Dec 4, 2017
    • EPAM Systems / Eng wake raven
      You mean FANG mostly hires diversity or top school talent?
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Microsoft B.S Gupta
    Lol. This is the same guy who posted 2 -3 posts on blind regarding his "low" IQ and if that could get him a job at Google or FB. Dude seriously, YOU NEED HELP! Go seek it. Your inferiority complex will destroy you.
    Dec 4, 2017 3
    • Toptal Eckbeck
      Me? I am the 3rd post guy
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Toptal Eckbeck
      Aash mu bad :) my IQ seems also low. 2-3 was a range not indexes
      Dec 4, 2017
    • Microsoft B.S Gupta
      I didnt remember if he posted two or three, hence the range.
      Dec 4, 2017
  • Pinterest UhmWho?
    Ignore this kid. He rants a lot on reddit about how he is super dumb for only getting an offer at Amazon and would kill to get into FB/Goog/Unicorns. Meanwhile a lot of people will kill to work at Amazon.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Facebook Sona
    Went to a top three school. Can confirm there’s dumb people at all schools. Also, intelligence has many different facets to it.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • GE theh
    I feel that the average skill level from my school is higher than the other schools. That would be my 'first impression'.

    Skill level does mean intelligence, rather a variety of things. Discipline, breadth of experience and competence.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Yahoo Blam
    I went to a top 5 and got my MS in CS. I think most of the work was bs (except for maybe 2 incredibly hard classes) and think they are banking on their name more than anything. I’m pretty sure you can get the same quality of education at most institutions.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Zillow Group hYtJ18
    I honestly have never looked up or paid attention to what rank my school was, either as an undergrad or a grad student. To this day I really have no idea, and don't even care enough reading this thread to check now.

    But my friends and I (some of which went to brand name elite schools) often mock Stanford graduates as being clones. Stereotypes go both ways.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • New UNw28d
    No........ we have much better things to do
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • CareerBuilder hdTI13
    Nobody spends any time thinking about you or where you went to school, honestly. We don't care
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Google Vantas
    No way. I worked hard and sacrificed to go to a top school in my field (experimental psychology) but I also got money from my parents and had lots of unearned social privilege. This kind of attitude seems especially silly for programmers. The smartest, most well rounded, most successful programmer I know is a college dropout.
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Microsoft jvddc
    Top school is not a big deal in tech. Other industries, it matters a lot more. This is one of the reasons I like tech (I went to a top 10 for grad school)
    Dec 6, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    ANSWERisNO

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    lol...no
    Dec 4, 2017 0
  • Google tentenths
    Also there’s now way these days I would get into school where I went. But I would have also been a much better HS student. So you made me realize actually I spend a lot more time thinking about how stupid I was, almost none thinking that about other people.
    Dec 4, 2017 0