There’s an excellent article over at Campus Progress on a topic that I can definitely appreciate. The article discusses how working class college students can often be caught, literally, between two worlds. The article is filled with a great discussion regarding the unique experiences working class college students face before, during, and after college. A couple of pieces that hit home:
One of the greatest pressures for working-class students in higher education is the sense of not belonging,
In many working class families, college-educated people aren’t seen as real workers, Linkon says. For college students from working class backgrounds, “there can be a sense that you’re betraying your family.”
When you mix in other factors such as Hispanic culture, for example, you can imagine how college can get even more socially complicated. I can attest that working class college students, especially those first-generation college students, go through significant changes as they navigate life on campus. In addition to managing the same anxieties, challenges, and dislocations experienced by most college students, Hispanics and other minorities also have to cope with cultural, social, and academic changes. Much of this can be applied to the work environment as well. Hispanics can often feel as though they are caught between two worlds. One built upon innate cultural traits fostered in their upbringing and another that is centered upon professional and organizational environments.