Exactly three years ago, I was spontaneously offered a high-paying hedge fund job simply because I was reading “War and Peace” in a coffee shop and had the gall to tell a fancy looking stranger that I thought finance didn’t matter.

For me, this was the epitome of the “Yale moment.” By doing absolutely nothing beside being a bit out of the ordinary, I landed a lucrative job offer and a powerful contact in my inbox — never mind that I never actually made use of either.

Perhaps the phenomenon of the “Yale moment” confirms that places like Yale are an automatic pathway to power, a commonly held belief that has rightly inspired scorn from just about everyone in America during the recent college admissions scandal.

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