Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Double Degrees are a terrible idea
People must learn to choose. Don't be like SQ management which want to be good at everything. It is not possible. In fact learning to make choices, taking risks and understanding trade offs is basic to growing up.
I also told my daughter I wonder how many use double degrees to show off that they are brighter students. I don't see medical students complaining about not allowed to offer double degrees. If you let on that you are in medical school, that's also telling people you had done well academically.
I had also explained to my daughter that a scholarship often do strange things to a scholar's emotional health. I think that is unhealthy. In fact I also had a successful non-scholar example for her to learn from: DPM Tharman. Scholars often take themselves too seriously. There is great strengths and advantages in true humility. In fact nobody can be truly free and happy without humility. It is the crowning virtue which most people do not understand.
And I often remind her don't try to win for the sake of winning. The laurels isn't worth it because the price you pay is you will never learn until too late what you really want. You would be too busy trying to look good by coming in tops all the time. You have become a slave to success. Many have fallen into this trap. They are always stressed, anxious and insecure. It didn't used to be like that, but now you can find a ton of them at Harvard and the other top Ivies.
Posted by PengYou at 10:10 PM