Does Graduate School Make People Statist?

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Getting into graduate school proves significantly more difficult than getting into an undergraduate program. Merely being accepted serves as a declaration of academic achievement, of standing out from and (dare we say) above the crowd. Yet that distinction quickly fades as one becomes oriented to the new normal, a cohort of fellow students who are just as special, establishing excellence as the bare minimum level of acceptable performance.

Does it go to graduate students' heads? When mere excellence becomes a failing grade, does that foster an air of imperial elitism, the sense that one knows better than everyone else how the world ought to be run? Perhaps.

Another possibility is that life as a perpetual student shields people from the experiences which convey how the economy actually works. Imagine going to school for 22 years, living first off Mom and Dad and then on student loans, never really working or bearing the full burden of your own existence. That could have a profound effect upon one's sense of life, no?

What say you? What explains last year's exit poll numbers? Or is the apparent correlation not indicative of causation?