Best Predictor of Academic Excellence

Go figure. A research at the University of Washington has determined that Ultimate Frisbee is one of the best predictors for academic excellence.

What is this sport that mysteriously divines a university’s stature so precisely? It’s called Ultimate Frisbee, or more commonly just Ultimate. It is the fastest growing college sport and is already played interscholastically at over 500 colleges and universities. While wildly popular on campuses, relatively few in the wider world have even heard of it.

My favorite quote is

Why a game, requiring such all-around athleticism should so consistently be dominated by universities (and presumably students) with off-the-chart academic credentials, is truly a mystery. The top seven schools for ultimate have a mean graduation rate of 95% and nearly as many total Rhodes and Marshal scholars as all of the rest combined. The names speak for themselves: Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Tufts, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton.

Where’s MIT? Hey, wait! OK, it’s true, while we had fun playing there, I can’t say we really excelled at a national level, not at least for the men.

Betas are fish

Megan seems to be a fun and witty engineer lady up in Sacramento. Plus, she plays Ultimate! At this point, I can’t even remember how I came across her blog, some bread-crumb trail that probably traipsed from Indepundit to Planet KDE to View from Rocky Top. Who knows…

Anyways, I was reading her post about being alpha female. Frankly, I occasionally get frustrated about the same thing, people seeming to need a pointer/mover/shaker/motivator before anything happens. I usually chalk that up to my being an engineer, since the number of other engineers in my circles of friends is rather low. But I never thought about it from a lady’s perspective before.

Megan’s contemplation on dating an alpha guy vs. a beta guy is rather interesting. Perhaps I’m one of those guys who would say that I want to date a lady who is confident and outgoing and well-spoken, etc., etc. but then who ends up scared to actually do that? Hmmm, hardly the case I would want to be true.

From my side, it’s the search for a lady who understand my engineer’s quirks and foibles that eludes me. 😛 It’s non-trivial!

Anyways, it’s a beautiful thing how Megan’s personality seems to ooze through her blog. I’ll have to go through and read more of her posts.