Letter to the editor: A response to ‘The real college rankings’
I was very disappointed this past Monday when I read “The Real College Rankings” article in the most recent issue of StudLife. It should be an embarrassment to the publication, and I felt personally embarrassed for the school at large as a member of the Wash. U. community. To an outsider (e.g. a visiting high school senior), the article made the school seem not only rankings-obsessed, but also petty and insecure, and said far more about Wash. U. than it did about the schools it was “ranking.”
I am a proud member of the Wash. U. community. I chose Wash. U., due in major part to the community that I observed while I was visiting and the testaments of students who went here. I have been surprised only by how well the school lived up to its reputation during the little over a year that I have been here. The article was a better example of the Wash. U. community’s insecurity than it was of its pride. If we are so concerned with the US News and World Report’s rankings, we should work to improve our own school rather than superficially tear down others.
While the article was intended to be ironic, its jokes were less witty than mean and its tone more arrogant than proud. I believe the Wash. U. community is better than the article portrays us. I encourage Student Life to show more discretion in its future articles and consider the portrait it paints of our community.