Small Fish in a Big Pond vs Big Fish in a Small Pond
Post published:October 12, 2020
Extract to the review of Malcolm Gladwell’s book “David & Goliath”
“Caroline Sachs, an above-average high schooler, was trying to decide which college to attend, University of Maryland or Brown University. The challenge of picking which school she should go to was most difficult. Most students would not even think twice about it because attending the school with a better reputation would look better on a job application, right? No. The problem with the students who chose the better school is that they do not realize is they will be among other students who were valedictorians and 4.0 scholars, immediately making her a little fish in this big sea. By choosing this, Caroline becomes an average student, which was a completely new concept for her. In the end, the decision she made ended up causing her to drop her intended major because it was too difficult and pick up a new one. This major was less appealing to her and was not her passion. Now do you wonder what would have happened if she would have chosen to be a big fish in a little pond? So, does she!”
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