However, there are true benefits from going to a better school. The largest one by far in my mind is the community. The people who attend top schools, and the professors and staff who work at top schools, are of a higher caliber than lower ranked schools. This is a fact of life. You’ll meet people who are more insightful, more creative, more driven, more passionate, and more competent, largely because of how schools like Harvard run their admissions and choose their faculty. And by working with them, studying with them, and being friends with them, you’ll become better yourself.
“Never read. This is very important. if you read books in order to improve your writing style, you will find yourself trying to write literature, instead of saying what you really mean. It’s very important not to get caught up trying to write better American prose. Don’t do any such thing. Just try to think, Am I saying what I mean? Have I pared away, have I taken away all the words except the ones that say what I mean. And then your writing will be fine. You have the most wonderful writers in America, really great stylists, people like Damon Runyon, and there’s no floweriness, no literary effect, in the work of Damon Runyon, he is as neat as he can possibly be. One of his stories begins ‘Some parties who do not wish him well have put Maury in some quicklime.’