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Forget Dean, Jess and Logan. Are you team Harvard or Yale?

Published: November 22, 2016

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In light of Gilmore Girls’ comeback this week, it seems people can’t stop talking about Lorelai and Rory. Just think for a minute – how many “are you team Dean, Jess or Logan” or “how much would it cost to live in Stars Hollow” articles have you seen on the internet over the past couple of weeks?

By now we are well aware of the fascinating men and lifestyle of the adorable little town in Connecticut, so wanted to take a look at another central theme of the popular series, one which is often overlooked by others: education.

As you probably recall, Rory has dreamt of attending Harvard since the age of three. She had her eyes set on the goal and worked hard throughout high school, and graduated as a valedictorian.

Rory was extremely passionate about going to college. She always carried at least one book with her at all times, she wrote for her high school paper, and the number of scenes where she can be seen studying probably equals those where both Rory and Lorelai are drinking coffee. Yes, she was that serious about her education.

In one of the earlier episodes Rory and her mother decide to go on a road trip and they end up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In other words, Harvard (although the actual location for the shooting was UCLA).

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The girls spend the day walking around the Harvard campus, which was founded in 1636. They learn different facts about one of the most prestigious universities in the world such as the notable alumni and numerous scientific discoveries made here, including the development of the first heart pacemaker in 1952.

Rory even joins a class for a bit and engages excitingly in a discussion about stoicism with the professor and other students.

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Rory’s excitement about Harvard is understandable. Even hip hop artists  fall for the amazing facilities, world class teaching staff and the inspirational academic settings of Boston, Massachusetts, which is home to over 50 universities!

In her senior year at high school, Rory decides to apply to Harvard, Yale and Princeton. And as the college acceptance letters arrive, surprise surprise, Rory is accepted to all three Ivy League universities! After days of researching the pros and cons, she decides to join the Yale class of 2003.

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Rory follows her dreams to become a journalist – a foreign correspondent, and majors in English. The English department at Yale is currently in the QS World University Ranking’s top five for best universities in the USA for English language and literature.

She joins and later becomes the editor of the prestigious university paper Yale Daily News, which is also the oldest college daily newspaper in America.

Towards the end of the series, Rory graduates from Yale with honours and is offered a reporting job to cover Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

As we tune into the new episodes of Gilmore Girls later this week, we can’t wait to see what this Ivy League graduate has been up to! All the new episodes will be available this Friday, November 25th, on Netflix.

Rory meets Handsome Dan, the mascot of Yale University sports teams, at a Harvard – Yale football game.

Want to read what a Yale education is like for international students? Read the StudyAdvantage blogs by Arvin Anoop, Faith Chumo, or Nana Akua Mensah.

Which Ivy League university would be the best fit for you? Take the quiz here.

Article written by Tereza Gladisova, a contributing editor at StudyAdvantage covering stories in education, media and entertainment.

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