Yesterday's NY Times has some incredibly bad advice for college bound high school students, telling them to not seek a spot in the most prestigious colleges:
Higher education experts have this message for those squabbling over a handful of spots: you’re probably not going to room with the next president anyway. Pay less attention to prestige and more to “fit” — the marriage of interests and comfort level with factors like campus size, access to professors, instruction philosophy.
In case any high school students are reading this, let me give some better advice. When you're looking for a job, employers aren't going to give a crap about whether you "fit" your college or not. They just care about the degree, and a degree from Harvard looks a hell of a lot better than some bogus college where you "fit" better.