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    I was one of those fin aid kids and so were a lot of my friends, once we all started talking about it.

    It always galed me that I'd tell people where I went and they would reply that I must be rich.  No! I was poor as all get up and much poorer for having to pay even a portion of that tuition.  I really wish we could change the perception that the Ivy League is just full of rich kids.  If nothing else it would encourage more talented students who can't afford it to apply.

    And in my experience I never really noticed the difference. My friend whose parents had a private jet didn't act any different for my friends who worked in the kitchens, altough he did have a sweet apartment.  I'm sure there were the upper class kids who would have made me feel out of place, but there weren't many and they weren't people I'd choose to hang out with anyway.  

    So long ramble aside, I think its helpful to highlight how the "elite" is actually a much smaller portion of the Ivies that people think.  I'd rather we focus on how smart the student who go there are then how priviledged. : )

    And as a lucky beneficary of my parents, kudos to you for helping your son through that expensive (but wonderful) experience.

    I am the Typo Queen. Apologies in advance.

    by sadpanda on Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 11:44:15 AM PDT

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