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