School A vs School B

February 23, 2008 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

In my last post I mentioned Public School X vs Private School Y. I just read a NY magazine article titled, Happiness: A User’s Manual that gives an interesting method for choosing colleges. I don’t see why it can’t be generalized to dental school as well.

Decide where to go to college by picking two decent schools and flipping a coin.
The relatively unexamined life is worth living. Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice documents numerous studies in which thinking too hard about multiple choices leads people to preemptively regret the options they’re going to miss out on. This triggers a stress reaction that tends to focus narrowly on random variables—producing unwise decisions, paralysis, and superfluous law degrees. Those who seize the first option that meets their standards (which don’t have to be low, just defined) are happier than those who insist on finding the perfect solution.

If anyone does this, email me during your first year in dental school and let me know how it all turned out. DrStudentDentist@gmail.com

[Via Ben Canocha: The Blog]

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