Unbelievably the Boston Globe entitled this story “The Harvard Disadvantage”. They are referring to a special outreach program they have developed at this premier ivy league school to make “poor” scholarship students feel “more accepted” around Harvard’s elite, limousine liberal, trust fund baby, alumni kiddie, students. From the Globe:
As classmates moved into Harvard Yard that first day with parents – and in some cases, chauffeurs – driving fancy vehicles packed with boxes, Garcia arrived alone. His belongings fit into two suitcases and a backpack. His mother, a worker at an industrial laundry, and father, a janitor at a Detroit casino, could not afford the trip.
“Everyone else seemed so polished and entitled and seamlessly adapting,” Garcia recalled. “It just felt like they’d been here their whole lives. I was really intimidated. I didn’t feel like I had anything in common.”
Oh yes … he’s in Harvard, and now, no matter what your race, creed, or color … you my man are a Harvard man. Big bucks await if you work. But, no … the Globe says he’s “feeling” bad because the other kids are rich? Wait there’s more.
To make the transition easier, Harvard has quietly expanded a fund that students can tap to pay for such things as admission to dorm dances, tutoring, winter coats, even plane tickets home. Financially, at least, their four years at Harvard would appear to be worry-free, as the school covers tuition, room, and board – close to $50,000 a year. The university has nearly doubled its investment in financial aid since 2004.
Socially, though, less-fortunate students must gingerly navigate a minefield of class chasms on a campus still brimming with legacies and wealth.
The biggest name in colleges … a $50,000 price tag, plus a name advantage now over all other students in the country, and it’s still not enough? No … the dorm dance, clothes … what’s next, a cottage on Nantucket? Yeah, that’s it. Now you are a real Harvard man.
No … that’s not necessarily the attitude of the scholarship students at Harvard, but apparently it is the attitude of Harvard. Instead of celebrating the hard work of this student’s blue collar parents (and God bless them), and the individual achievement of the Miguel, Harvard is just dripping with pity because someone doesn’t feel good around rich people? Because these students don’t feel accepted around the limo libs? Are you kidding me? Good lord … welcome to the world of 95% of America.
Here’s what the article should have said:
Because Miguel worked his way into Harvard on his own merit and not on the back of a “rich alumni Daddy” or because he came from some famous family … the odds are all of those folks that make him uncomfortable, will be working FOR Miguel some day, because Miguel is the premiere example of personal freedom, and individual achievement, a life to be celebrated and not pitied. But then, that’s just my take.