I’m in my senior year of high school and a (white) friend of mine (whose parents make over $500,000) found out she got into Yale. I’m a bit bitter bc we both went to the same elementary school but we lived on opposite sides of town. She then moved to a “better” neighborhood (which meant away from the black folk). She got a nearly perfect SAT score bc she got help from tutors. She got to take AP classes bc her school can affor to offer it. She had an essay coach read over her college essays before she submitted them.
What about me? My school can’t afford AP classes so I couldn’t take any. My SAT broke a school record but it is not really that great compared to kids around the country. I’m actually amazed that I scored that high bc I could only study w old SAT prep books. I work (I used to work two part-time jobs but my grades started to fall) to support my mom’s income (just so you can know how bad it is, my family of 7 only makes $40,000 a yr). My dad is disabled and I’m the oldest so I have to take care of him. Even if I get into college, I have no idea how I’ll pay for it. If I go to college, who will take care of my dad? None of my siblings are old enough to carry him or bathe him. Who will work to help ends meet? But if I don’t go to college, I can’t achieve my dream of becoming a biomedical engineer and help break the cycle of poverty in my family.
(Sorry if I’m starting to sound like a sob story. I know my life is great compared to others. I just need to rant / confess right now.)
I just feel like the odds are stacked against me. I work harder than my friend ever has, and she gets rewarded w Yale while I am rewarded w the uncertainty of my family’s and my own future. I know I should be happy for my friend, and I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve to go to Yale bc she does. She works hard and is very smart. But if I were in her shoes and had halfthe opportunities she has had, I know I could do much more than I have.
It’s not fair. It’s just not fair.