Poor kids, rich schools – Where are you from? What do your parents do?

In his first few weeks as a freshman at the University of Chicago, Calvin Cottrell was constantly being asked the same questions: Where are you from? What do your parents do?

“I found those conversations kind of hostile, as the first person in my family to go to college. If you’re living with a roommate whose parents are heart surgeons from Connecticut, that feels very different,” he said.

Source: money.cnn.com

After college the questions become, “Where do you live?” and “What do you do?”

#identity

One thought on “Poor kids, rich schools – Where are you from? What do your parents do?

  1. Marneymae April 28, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    It is a practice to find other questions to ask people when meeting them.
    Having been asked the “what do you do” question over & over, & having no succinct or tidy answer is what prompted this practice.
    Also, noticing the change in the person asking upon hearing an answer- either favorable or unfavorable.
    It all became distasteful to me.
    There are so many other facets to our being, so many other ways to bridge connection…

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