by Rana Campbellt
…originally published on madamenoire.com as Women in the Ivy League: “Everything’s not always so pretty at the top.”
This month, countless high school students across the country will be answering college acceptance letters making the difficult decision of what college to attend in the Fall.
If you asked my 17-year-old self the impact choosing to attend Princeton University would have on me, I probably wouldn’t have known how to answer. When I first got accepted into Princeton in the spring of 2009, I was both wildly excited yet undoubtedly naive. I thought I had all the “prep” I would need, having attended a well-regarded college preparatory school in Englewood, NJ for six years. I’d already experienced the doubts from my fellow high school classmates as the news spread that me and my best friend Amina (also a woman of color) had been the only people to be accepted into Princeton from our school. Continue reading