Comments: Bernanke’s Brandeis Envy

Very interesting...I agree about the ND comment. I know lots of catholics who worship Notre Dame and love that they went there and are so proud it makes me ill. I would have prob. chosen Harvard. Give me intellectualism over binge drinking and football any day.

Posted by A at October 27, 2005 11:33 PM

Good post, Steve. As far as Catholics choosing ND over Harvard, I can't think of any in my acquaintance who did. I know of a case of an ND undergrad who transferred to Harvard, and while I was at ND I knew some law and grad students who'd done their undergrad at Harvard, but as far as people who picked ND over Harvard I don't have the data to say. Interesting question, though.

Posted by Joe Koczera, nSJ at October 31, 2005 11:55 PM

Brandeis is full of smart Jewish (and non-Jewish) kids who didn't get in to Harvard.

I know -- I attended Brandeis for freshman and sophomore years, 1976-78. For various reasons I quit halfway through and went to work for two years. Then transferred my credits to Harvard and finished up.

My mother was thrilled that her son attended Brandeis; my father was happier to put the Harvard decal on his Cadillac.

But as far as Jewish life goes, I think it was far more satisfying to be a Jew at Harvard, a member of a large minority group there, than another MOT at Brandeis. For one thing, most of the students there, from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, have ALWAYS been part of large Jewish cultures, even majority cultures. For them, Brandeis is just another shtetl. For me, as a West-coast Jew who was always a member of a small minority, both campuses offered some exciting culture shock. Being at Harvard, famous for its turn of the century exclusion and mid-century admissions quotas, was just a little more satisfying.

Posted by DIS at November 11, 2005 10:51 PM

Brandeis is full of smart Jewish (and non-Jewish) kids who didn't get in to Harvard.

I know -- I attended Brandeis for freshman and sophomore years, 1976-78. For various reasons I quit halfway through and went to work for two years. Then transferred my credits to Harvard and finished up.

My mother was thrilled that her son attended Brandeis; my father was happier to put the Harvard decal on his Cadillac.

But as far as Jewish life goes, I think it was far more satisfying to be a Jew at Harvard, a member of a large minority group there, than another MOT at Brandeis. For one thing, most of the students there, from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, have ALWAYS been part of large Jewish cultures, even majority cultures. For them, Brandeis is just another shtetl. For me, as a West-coast Jew who was always a member of a small minority, both campuses offered some exciting culture shock. Being at Harvard, famous for its turn of the century exclusion and mid-century admissions quotas, was just a little more satisfying.

Posted by DIS at November 11, 2005 11:27 PM