What Some Harvard Students Don't Know …

By Jordan R. Robbins

Exploiting Adversity for Gain

What some Harvard students don’t know is how the lived experiences of first-generation, low-income students are often exploited.

Higher education is supposed to be the equalizing step between low-income students and dreams of financial security; however, while visually appearing equal, there are covert ways that the application process is actually anything but. Before they even arrive on campus, FGLI students are often forced to internalize the idea that their traumas are all they have to sell to admissions officers, creating a psychological barrier between them and others at higher education institutions.

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