9.5. Barriers to Success in University

Eric was lucky. His high school counselor saw his promise, walked him through college applications, and helped him get into Princeton University with a generous financial aid package. But after he started school, Eric began to wonder if he had made the right decision.

The hardest part about attending a high-status school for Eric was having people assume he would act a certain way because of his race. In class, every time something came up about African Americans, professors would turn to him and ask, "What do you think, Eric?" Frequently he didn't know what to say. Heads would turn when he stepped into the business school library. His dorm mates pestered him to play basketball, a game he never learned ...

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