Originally Posted by Xelebes
The idea of paying back to the university is to:
A) to provide funds to help the university to become more prestigious, which then looks better on your resume when applying for a new job as you can proudly say that you went to that school and got what you learned from there - and the employer will acknowledge it for that paying you a premium. The Harvard-Yale Complex.
B) with larger donations in the millions, to make sure your name is somewhere at that prestigious university.
In my opinion,
-the U of A doesn't need any help in become more prestigious. It consistently ranks in the top 5 in Canada for all areas (Macleans). It is world renown for medical and nanotech research. Just look around the place with all the activity going on there (NINT, ECN, Mazankowski, HRIF, etc.) The U of A is on track to become one of the best in the world.
-I am proud to be a graduate of the U of A. My classroom has a U of A banner front and center. I have U of A clothing that I wear all the time and a cap that I'll wear on out on the golf course. A person doesn't need to donate in order to show pride.
-in my profession a premium wasn't paid because I graduated from the U of A.
-unless I win a lottery ...
Bottom line, in my opinion, if I have to donate to be grateful and show that I am proud, then I must be ungrateful and ashamed. Word.