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on October 6, 2009
"Race and Class Matters at an Elite College" provides great insight into the diverse nature of current students at selective institutions. Elizabeth Aries addresses the range of racial and class combinations. She provides insight into the lives of white students from average means that is particularly useful. Her overall analysis is fair and balanced. I have enjoyed reading the book and I plan to buy additional copies for fellow Student Life colleagues. I am a Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Sewanee: The University of the South.
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on November 8, 2012
First, it's great that someone has taken the time to study this subject. It can be hard for kids who aren't from affluent backgrounds at these schools - most students at these schools are wealthy, especially as they have become harder and harder to gain admission to.
I have two children in NESCAC schools, but they were prepared by attending Northeast (Boston area) elite high schools on partial scholarships. They did fine - they never pretended to be anyone but who they were, and had many friends and got along fine. The goal for our family was always the incredible opportunity they were getting and that was what mattered - we always told them that money doesn't make anyone better than you - they just have more money.
College has been a piece of cake - that whole class thing is watered down. But kids who are struggling should get the help and encouragement they need to "keep their eyes on the prize" and not let anyone make them feel out of place. They probably belong there more than lots of the other kids.
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