Andrew Giambrone (Y ’14) retorts to William Deresiewicz: “I’m a Laborer’s Son. I Went to Yale. I Am Not “Trapped in a Bubble of Privilege.”
As a financial-aid kid whose life-prospects were significantly bolstered by attending an elite school, this subject is very personal for me, too. I come from a family of construction workers and laundry-owners in Brooklyn, the descendants of Italian and Chinese immigrants, respectively. My father is a laborer and my mother a human resources worker; theyâ€™ve both changed jobs across the years, owing to the recession and family circumstances. We donâ€™t occupy an enviable financial situation by any means, and Iâ€™d hate to think our unsteady progress from working- to middle-class somehow makes me, as Deresiewicz puts it, â€œan entitled little shit.â€ He may have sleepwalked into college, but it’s wrong to assume we all did
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