Just $1,000 to Them
First, I don’t think administration gives the right or clear financial information to incoming students, particularly low-income and first generation students. I am extremely happy to have been accepted to Yale and for my current financial aid, but it's not enough. I think that administration is only seeing the dollar signs and not the rippling reactions to having to pay summer/student income contribution. Sure, it may be just $1,000 dollars to them but to me that’s my mother eating leftovers for months trying to assist me or me taking four on campus jobs to make sure she doesn’t have to (even though it is not possible to work the amount of hours necessary to fulfill the deceptive steadily rising contribution). Taking these jobs gives me less time for my school work and extracurriculars, and my grades and mental health definitely suffer. My choices of summer activities have also been altered. I’m forced to spend months applying desperately to make sure something comes through for the summer. I’m forced to take the paying internship that is only tangentially related to my interest instead of the perfect unpaid internship. Administration seems so worried that students need to have “skin in the game” with their education but doing well at Yale is already having skin in the game. That is my motivation for doing well which is only made harder by having to worry about my mother’s well being. The Yale that low income students experience is just so much different from the Yale they expect us to experience, the Yale only some more financial stable students get to experience.