‘Why is she here? It’s not like her father was here’
Below is an excellent snippit from today’s Guardian: Education. Mary O’Hara describes her path to Cambridge as the first person in her family to continue schooling past age 16, let alone attend a university.
I remember one day, in my first year, walking through college when another student said to my friend: “Why is she here? It’s not like her father was here.” My friend looked at me, looked back at him, and said: “Because she earned it.” It was a defining moment.
(On a related note, one of the English slang words I’ve learned from undergrads is “rah,” which stands for “rich asshole.”)
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