October 11, 2009
Among Privileged Classmates, I'm an Outsider
I'm a first-generation college student from a working-class background in northeastern Pennsylvania. Attending a private university in Washington has, for the first time, made me feel socially excluded from my peers. I've never traveled out of the mid-Atlantic region, the latest issues of The New Yorker and Harper's have never appeared on my family's coffee table, and before arriving on the campus, I thought every working person got paid by the hour.