What’s High Status?
The cool kids in my high school didn’t necessarily have academic success but rather those that had the nicest sneakers or played sports.
At my university, the cool kids are those with the best internships. While this is still a superficial measure, short term social incentives at my university better serve me in the long term compared to the social incentives at my high school.
You can tell a lot about an environment or community based on who has the highest status.