Anyways, lay prestige (even among the educated) is completely pointless other than to give your mom something to brag about / to impress some girl in a bar.
If I went to duquesne (a local TTTT with SHIT employment), I'd be more impressive to these individuals... o well
Lay prestige is a weird thing that either develops through:
1. Sports (I originally knew as a young sports obsessed lad that Texas, Duke, USC, Vandy, ND were pretty good institutions just through talking about / watching sports).
Convos such as "yea, Vanderbilt has it tougher in the SEC cause they care about academics make me think "oooo, Vandy's a good school!"
It can have the opposite effect (I originally though Mia and pretty much every school in the SEC sucked).
2. Media / ingrained in our culture. Wheres the smart kid from, where do presidents come from, what does your gram say when she brags that you're so bright 1 day you can go to "_______."
3. Your personal ties / legacy. This is where state schools come in. Your aunt, uncle, and mother all went to ____ and are very proud of it... what a great school! The rich lawyer across the street went to, _____ what a great school. Where do most of the smarter kids in your grade go to? Etc
None of it matters much though