The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor
Enoch Jemmott, The New York Times
Now a senior at Queens College, Enoch Jemmott's higher education journey has not been easy. Growing up in eastern Brooklyn, Jemmott remained acutely aware that her life was a world away from the door-opening privileges enjoyed by the children of households in "good" school districts. She vaguely knew that college was crucial for future success, but had little understanding of how to get there.
Next month, Jemmott tells her story in a documentary to be screened on Capitol Hill that chronicles the experience of low-income students navigating the college admissions process. In it, she describes a system that she says was often demoralizing, even paralyzing, and crafted to keep students like her out of college.