(I feel I am straying from my promised goal of specifically telling things that are of interest only to myself. No more of this illegally interesting "murder mystery" material.)
a) insufferable humblebrag
b) weirdly passive-aggressive
c) also, what idiot believes Dartmouth professors don't look down on people who dropped out of school?
d) you didn't drop out of school because you're an ideal employee, you dingbat!
- That will set the cat among the pigeons!
- It would make a cat laugh!
Of course the future jockey rode just fine…