Growing up, I attended schools on the Philadelphia Main Line that fostered the mentality that attending an elite, 4-year college was a given. My comfortable lifestyle and consequent "bubble" gave me no reason to believe otherwise.
I'm leaving early from geometry class today to meet with my private SAT tutor. I'm a double legacy at Penn, so I NEED to get in!
What? Like it's hard?
Psh...I have nothing to worry about...
My experience in multiple school settings [private, independent, all-girls (9th), private Catholic (10-11th), and public (12th)], each varying in resources and quality, exposed me to the extent that education and affluence can shape one's trajectory and opportunities (including my own). Through this "bubble-bursting" experience, the increasing salience of my class identity challenged me to seek perspectives beyond my sphere and explore educational disparities in my community.
After our family's drastic financial downturn, we moved to Central PA to avoid bankruptcy. Amidst the family stress of projecting to have 3 daughters in college at once, I realized how much I took my ability to access and afford a quality education for granted.
Only sister to attend 3 high schools in 4 years? Great idea!
Colleen AKA Mother
WANTED An institution that would provide me with unparalleled stability and mentorship, while prompting me to expand the confines of my comfort zone.FOUND: Dickinson College
I entered Dickinson with a sense of urgency, navigating college without a financial safety net. Although I was Pell-eligible throughout college, I saw myself relying on the social & cultural capital gained from my early schooling to take advantage of resources. Through seeking mentorship early, I had extensive opportunities to discover my passion for addressing educational inequity through both retention-focused programs and policy-centered research. My education experience, in both its privilege and hardships, has fueled my motivation to bridge opportunity and information gaps in education so that ALL students have the agency to advocate for themselves and succeed in college.
Sociology & Spanish Double Major
First in my family to study abroad
Independent Study"Bridging the Gap Between the Rhetoric of Diversity & Inclusivity, and the Reality of Students' Experiences"