In Chapter Three, Gladwell looks at the concept of the little fish in the big pond. He believes that being a little fish in a big pond isn't beneficial, because there are more little fish as equally as you. But being the big fish, you are able to compare yourself to other little fishes, and be better.
All little fishes in a big pond are equally the same.
Big fishes are better off in a small pond with other small fishes.
BIG FISH in a little pond: He tells the story of the French Impressionist painters who started their own Salon.
He compares them to students choosing between an Ivy League university and a non-Ivy school. The student that chooses the ivy school becomes a little fish in a big pond and suffers for it, but the student that chooses the non-Ivy school becomes a big fish in a little pond.
I'm applying to a normal university, with perfect SAT&ACT scores
I'm applying to an ivy league, with a perfect SAT&ACT scores