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31 March 2008 @ 03:27 pm
Two Americas  
Great article that captures how I felt at UCSC, though at least there were a higher percentage of us poor and working class students there:

Low Income Students Feel Left Out At Stanford

Culture shock really does explain it. There are different cultures in America, and it's hard to convey the experience of the non-dominant culture to those who grew up assuming that most people can afford what they and their families afford. How can one explain that five dollars may as well be 5 million when you just don't have it?
litlebananalitlebanana on April 1st, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I went to an ivy league college (although not Stanford) and I think there were a lot of students in the middle range. The majority of my friends (myself included) came from public high schools and got financial aid for college. I did have one friend who was really poor and had to clean bathrooms to pay for his first year. But most people I knew were kind of in the middle... $5 was not a lot of money and we were never close to being homeless, but we didn't have money for elaborate vacations or lessons when we were kids.