The culture was completely foreign to me & I didn’t begin to know how to navigate it. My parents had attended a very small, not selective LA school - not much help there./
I didn’t understand the assistance sys for students, was far too intimidated to go to office hours, & when I finally reached out, a Dean told me I didn’t have what it takes to be pre-Med.
I felt stupid & that I didn’t belong.5/
After I confided my struggles & intimidation, he personally walked me to office hours & introduced me to the prof. 6/
My friends taught me the world of pvt school. 7/
I graduated w Honors in my major & won an award for Best Honors Thesis in Anthro.
I was accepted to @HarvardChanSPH. 8/
Having this described at the beginning of college would have been HUGE for me & I imagine others from impoverished areas & #firstgen students. 9/