I started exploring ways I could be a stronger advocate for a course of study and a career in cybersecurity to students at the University of Chicago, my alma mater. For many attending elite schools, careers in anything information technology strike many as too vocational. In fact, for years, the University of Chicago didn’t even offer an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Interested students were advised to major in Math. Stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of Harvard don’t exactly help to dispel the myth that an elite education is not suited for those looking to pursue a career in high tech. But few would argue that those two examples, and a few others, are proof positive that being a college dropout or avoiding college altogether, as some have suggested, is a recipe for success, particularly for those few fortunate enough to be admitted to some of the top schools in the country.