If you were a star child growing up, chances are that you have faced the ivy league pressure from your family too. If you are an Asian the chances rise. If you are an Asian immigrant the chance rise at lighting speed gazillion times. The scene is intense, the pressure is real and it is hard to let go.
It’s like parents forget that love is supposed to be no strings attached, unconditional. The love of Asian immigrant parents for their first born American children is strictly conditional. This means it is love, but the kind that is dependent on circumstances, relative facts like how well is your neighbor’s kid doing or cousins children, or to false perfect ideals and standards that parents may have set for their children.
In many poorer countries, the dynamics of child development are greatly compromised and not paid attention to because parents have kids to act like pieces of an economic engine that produces economic value for the household by working on the field. They also want to squeeze the most out of these engine units because like any greedy capitalist landowners the parents own the factors of production, this leads to them taking a share in profit and the surplus of the house.
When people from these families they immigrate, they bring along their values and enable a rat race that is customized according to the environmental and sociological stimulus provided to them here. The rat race that is triggered is fed by the high promises of love, respect, and status that ivy league colleges provide to the parents.
Despite whether an Asian immigrant would like it or not they are sent to engineering and medical doctorate degree programs in universities such as Cornell.
While millennials are all about being bored with the usual and having more and more things to do, more and more creative avenues, this becomes suffocating.
Cornell understood the niche and it started introducing a lot of crypto programs so the kids of the future, the leaders of tomorrow can learn the dominating world techs, and can familiarise themselves with ideas outside the Asian go-to textbook. And this led them to become a top Ivy League Institute to offer the largest number of crypto-based courses. Very apt Cornell! Perhaps, other than the glorious and beautiful campus there is now another reason for kids to aspire to go to Cornell, perhaps, more than their parents would want to.