Students, poverty, and being home for the holidays

This Washington Post piece describes the disconnect between life at an elite college and life back at home for a student from an economically distressed family.  
Many students at teaching-intensive colleges and universities return home between semesters to  circumstances very different from their lives on campus.  But some of our commuter students live every day in such circumstances, too.  One of my colleagues forwarded me an email last week from a student who apologized for not coming to class. She could not afford gas to drive to campus.


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