Ivy Degree - Now What? Low-Income Grads Struggle with Careers, Status
Christian Science Monitor, March 30, 2018
By Laura Pappano
In this piece on the Christian Science Monitor, Laura Pappano, writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women, tells the stories of first-generation and low-income Ivy League graduates who struggle to navigate the shift from one socioeconomic class to another after landing high paying jobs post-graduation. These first-gen Ivy grads come off as poster children for the American dream, but coming from a low-income background, many struggle to “fit in” amongst the world of wealth, status, and privilege, even if their paycheck would initially suggest otherwise. At the same time, that paycheck can function as a barrier between first-gen Ivy grads and their family back home, and they may be chided as corporate sellouts. Pappano also writes about first-gens who choose to pursue social impact fields with more modest paychecks, or who struggle to find a career post-graduation, who may feel pressure to cash in the golden ticket of their Ivy degree by going corporate.