Coming to Yale from a middle-class family meant that I did not struggle with the contribution in the exact ways that my lower-income peers did. However, I have found myself struggling to balance work and other commitments, and as an immigrant and as a multiracial student of color I have struggled with allowing myself to feel ownership over Yale in the ways my white and upper-class peers have. The student income contribution only exacerbates this by creating a second-tier Yale experience and forcing us to work to prove we belong here. Luckily, I have received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which has funded my research and allowed me to prioritize my academics without major financial consequences. Thanks to the fellowship, I've had access to many hallmarks of the Yale experience even after my father lost his job last year and I became responsible for sending money home. Yale must eliminate the SIC so that my experience is not an exception among students of color who wish to invest in brighter futures for themselves and their communities, but rather the norm that Yale advertises to all of us.