While it may be tempting to dismiss the private school Eton boys and Habs’ lads that rock up to your university course as the best thing since sliced bread, don’t. 

It’s complicated, but just because they have the best or most expensive education out there, they’re likely unintelligent in so many other ways. So many ways. 

Yes, they have their stupid striped college blazers and they played on their university rowing team. But could they tell you how to wash their sheets?

Or do their taxes?

Apply for a Sunday job and keep it? Or just have to work for anything in their lives, ever? Don’t think so. And you would be surprised how much of hardship is a lesson to learn. A lesson you don’t even realise you’re learning. 

If you are faced with barriers to entry into certain industries or things that you want to achieve, you have to turn to other means. You get creative, you work harder, challenge yourself.

You will have been pushed to your limits and then managed to step outside of yourself.

This is something that these private school educated dons think they know all about, but in reality, know nothing of working for things. 

If nothing is actually at risk or under threat – lets say, money or a job on the line – these spoiled, privileged people will rest on their laurels and let the world pass them by. They have no ambition or drive of their own, only Daddy’s  money. 

You will find, as they soon will, that it can only get you so far in life. When the money runs out and the chips are down, they won’t have any resources to draw on of their own. 

Problem solving is never the skill of an academic sat at their desk. You need real life skills that an undergraduate degree, no matter how prestigious, cannot teach you. 

For example, and individual who has worked in retail for three years will come out with much more life experience and interview, people skills than an undergrad. The undergraduate who either spent three years on the sesh, or alternatively, worked so hard that they never left their room. Neither are emotionally intelligent or socially viable personalities. 

This just goes to show that intelligence is not the same as education.

You may have a Masters degree in biochemistry and be the leading physician in your cohort, but if you’ve never been in a relationship or known about heartbreak, you aren’t equipped to function in a work of human relationships. 

You will make very silly mistakes and demonstrate your lack of emotional intelligence in your years outside of university. And, you will make mistakes that other people made in their teenage years and have learned from already. 

It’s not a really bad, unrecoverable thing, don’t get me wrong. But having an undergraduate education isn’t the be all and end all. Trust me.

There’s only so much that academia can teach you. 

Very little of it pertains to the real world beyond the socialising skills of high school. As the anecdote goes, when have you ever had to apply Pythagoras’ theorem to real life?

Exactly. 

Yes, people with a good education have a healthy hunger for knowledge and are always keen to learn. However, sometimes this is too much. You will overthink, second guess your decisions, and it becomes harder to be a spontaneous, fun-loving member of society with this outlook. 

You will find that you have got to 25 and haven’t actually got much life experience under your belt. You’re very eminent in one aspect, but have so much catching up to do in others!

In short, intelligence comes in so many other forms than education!