We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When I finished my PhD (in the humanities) 14 years ago at one of the elite public universities referenced in the article, I interviewed with two of the top three strategy consulting firms mentioned in the article. One firm interviewed me on campus, and the other one flew me to New York to interview for a special program they had for PhDs. I wasn't hired by either firm (I did ok on the case questions, but not great, and I also don't think I had quite the personality they were looking for), and while I would have been very interested in the idea of that work at that time, now it holds no appeal to me for various reasons.
One thing that article alludes to but doesn't specifically state is that most of these firms ask for your standardized test scores in your application letter. That was, in fact, part of the reason why I was interviewed--because even though my degrees were in the humanities, my math and analytical scores on the GRE were both in the range mentioned in the article. It was only years later that I read that firms were not supposed to ask for things like standardized test scores with job application materials, so since that practice is so well established at these firms, I have to wonder how they get away with doing it.
Of course, one of the other curiosities I observed at the time is that while elite firms like those were interested in my resume, most less elite employers had no idea what to do with someone with my background. That always puzzled me (and still does). While I was good enough to make the initial cut to be interviewed by those firms, lesser firms didn't want to bother with me.