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    Adam B

    but many of us saw Pomona for what it was: a reinforcement of class divisions, not a breaker of them.

    you still need connections, and the guy whose dad got him a job at Deutsche Bank upon graduation from pomona wasn't facing the same struggle as me.

    I'd rather go to college than not go, but I ended up graduating from a public school instead.

    I'm speaking also to the culture...if you're a poor student at a rich school, you're reminded of that every week. it's not particularly tragic that all the other kids took ski trips, europeans vacations in the summer, or had private tutors paid to help them with classes they struggled in....

    but it was a psychological burden to be surrounded by that. I'd rather be at a public school with fewer silver spoons and be treated as a normal person, not some anomaly from the South who somehow made it into an elite school despite being poor.

    been here, left, and might come back.

    by BikingForKarma on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 02:06:22 PM PST

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