Superficial wealth status: You can buy any expensive car or house as long as you have the title (and decent to not-so-decent credit), even if you make McDonald’s or janitor wages. I have been thrown off numerous times by people living in small houses, eating meager grilled cheese sandwiches/ramen noodles for lunch and dinner but driving a nice Porsche or Cadillac. The belief is: why shouldn’t you own something you desire? This is America and it is your God given right to get what your heart desires. Back home, they will laugh you out of the expensive car showroom if you work as a janitor but desire the expensive car. And no, you won’t get a higher interest rate (APR), even if you can afford it.
People make the title to go to Yale for their own unique reasons. There are almost as many reasons as there are Yalies. Mine was simple. I chose between Yale and Harvard. I was a football recruit. My recruiting coach at Yale played for the raiders. I’m a raiders fan. That settled it. Not the most mature decision ever, but I’m glad I made it. I knew a woman at Yale who seemed a bit out of place. Not in a bad way, she was just different. This was the 1980s and she walked around in tie dye shirts and bell bottom jeans. She was very nice and very smart.