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So I'm going to tell a little story on myself.. because its important for people to understand how someone like me missed the first round of elite colleges.Had my parents known some things back in the day...might have happened faster.
My mother went to college and graduated, my Father did not. When I was in High school, my BFF and I scored very high on the PSAT, and then the SAT. We were National Achievement Scholarship fellows.
For those who don't know this particular scholarship is geared towards African Americans. the program ended in 2015
nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interio…
We both received it, and the haterade started from white students at our HS, especially the kids in our AP classes. It was hard being told that they just created this because you were only getting this because "affirmative action". BTW, people still tell me this today. #trolls
that was hard enough, but what was sadder, Imo, was that my parents didn't know how to think bigger about where I should apply for college. I had invites from EVERYWHERE, Ivies, state schools, private schools. Even though my mom was a teacher, letting me go out of state was a no.
It wasn't their fault, heck they were new middle class black folks who had never had to think about this sort of thing for their kids. I wanted to go to Baylor (within the confines of my parents realm) but ended up at University of Houston.
I often think about how my life would have been different had I applied to Harvard, Yale, Duke, or some other school that sent me those glossy brochures. But things come round full circle, and here I am now. So...
It infuriates me to see this scandal, because so many smart kids have parents that can't cheat and pay someone off to get into the good college or university, and worse, they don't have school counselors or parents who can help them. AND THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH.
So folks, if you know some kid who needs help applying for college, and their parents don't know or don't care, help them out, ok? I think it's one of the most important things we can do, especially those of us who are academics. Demystifying this process helps a lot.
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