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June 11, 2012 4:29 PM The Best and the Brightest

By Daniel Luzer

Just in case you need a really clear example of what happens to the graduates of America’s best colleges, here’s a fun story.

According to an article by Zack Doherty at The Dartmouth, this year Dartmouth College has four valedictorians:

Wills Begor ’12, Glynnis Kearney ’12, David Rogg ’12 and Jie Zhong ’12 will receive valedictory honors at this year’s Commencement ceremony for maintaining a perfect grade point average of 4.0.

These graduates have different backgrounds and all racked up impressive achievements while in Hanover. “Early inductee into the Phi Beta Kappa society, member of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol.” Another won “second place in the computer science department’s Kemeny Prize competition for developing Shmob, a social networking application for the iPhone.”

In some other ways, however, this year’s top students are all alike. Doherty:

After graduating, Begor will work as an investment banker in Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions division in New York.
In the fall, Kearney will begin working at McKinsey and Co. in Chicago as a business analyst.
Next year, Rogg will be working as an analyst for Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in New York.

After graduation, Zhong will work for Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division in Asia.

Well congratulations guys.

No teachers. No Peace Corps volunteers. No journalists. No social workers. No one in the top group is even going to medical or law school.

It’s all just Wall Street and business consulting. This is how it works now.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Susan Ohanian on June 11, 2012 7:43 PM:

    And they don't even have to do two years with Teach for America to pad their resumes.

  • JRV on June 11, 2012 9:35 PM:

    because the value of our money keeps eroding exponentially via Fed-sponsored inflation, there is a compelling feeling that for safety and security these students need to grab as big a slice as they can (thank Ben Bernanke and his Fed policies for that). If there wasn't so much economic insecurity then I'm sure they might be interested in more idealistic jobs. But they're not.

  • anonymous on June 12, 2012 1:17 AM:

    wow, way to try to turn that one around JRV. somehow i'm under the impression that "Fed-sponsored inflation" and "economic insecurity" are not in fact the major factors here. nice try though.