As a student, I always imagined what it would be like to graduate from legendary universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford or Cambridge. Basically unattainable for normal people. The entry restrictions are far too high for that. But lo and behold, now it is possible. After Corona has changed the course of the world so massively. I’ll tell you how you can do it.
The market for education is changing – forever?
Students at the world’s top universities usually pay six-figure dollar amounts to get a place at the exclusive universities. Most of the time, it pays off. Not only because of the high-quality education, but even more because of the numerous contacts one builds there. When you study with the children of ministers and managers, certain networks are formed. Children of ordinary earners only had access to this noble club if they were particularly talented and performed excellently.
Things are different today. The gates have been opened wide. The reason for this is Covid-19. After the halls for the lectures and the accommodation were closed, the students asked themselves why they should actually still pay all that money? In one fell swoop, the universities’ finances were in dire straits.
And lo and behold, what happened? For some time now, the chronicles on Facebook profiles or Instagram have been flooded with ads from the top institutes. From the online Autocad course to the Master of Digital Business, there are now suddenly all kinds of distance learning courses that almost anyone can take on the internet.
In my opinion, you should definitely take advantage of this opportunity. I experienced it myself when I did an internship in China in 2002. At the time, it was almost a sensation. Almost every time I applied, I was invited for an interview. Everyone wanted to see the exotic who had managed to get a place in the Far East. A degree from one of the world’s elite universities is guaranteed to have the same effect. It will be a piece of paper that will open doors and gates for you forever.
You should seize this opportunity. Of course, Corona has changed a lot. But if at some point the virus becomes nothing more than a faded memory, then the universities may close their doors again very quickly. After all, they live on their reputation of being a place where only selected people are allowed to enter. It is not necessarily certain that it will be as easy to get a degree again as it is at the moment. It might just be the only chance in a lifetime to join the alumni club of a top faculty.