TRUTH REVOLT — There are a number of students from poor backgrounds, including children of undocumented immigrants, that do well enough in high school to earn themselves a full scholarship to an Ivy League school. But once they discover everything else isn’t handed to them on a silver platter, they become despondent.
These incoming students are shocked that tuition doesn’t cover every expense and have come to the hard realization that nothing in life is free. Without extra money, many of them steal extra food from the cafeteria or take pictures of individual pages of textbooks so they don’t have to purchase them. Some even have to skip Starbucks to send a little money home to their parents.
The Washington Post spoke with several students in this so-called predicament in its sympathetic story. One of them, Lizzette Delgadillo, is a junior at Columbia University.
“New York’s very expensive. I’m happy. But financially, it’s pretty hard,” she said. “If you want to have some sort of social life, you have to pay for that, too.”
According to the report, her father plays trumpet in a mariachi band and her mother cleans houses.
The Post contrasts students like Delgadillo with the rich kids who usually attend Ivy League universities. Sometimes the pressure to live like them is too much. This phenomenon is what the rest of us call reality. But this is becoming more of an issue for these schools as they continue the push to diversify the student body.