AVATAR BEYONCE GISELLE KNOWLES HYPHEN CARTER BENDING THE FOUR ELEMENTS AS SHE GEARS UP TO TAKE BACK HER CROWN FROM THOSE WHO DOUBTED HER RELEVANCE WITH 4
The short answer is no, I don’t believe equal access is a thing, and anyone can achieve any educational goal they have. The long answer is: I attend one of the top ten universities in the US.
In order to get here, your average high school student has to—
- Regularly attend class, get good grades, participate in extracurricular activities, distinguish yourself in some way from your peer group (awards, championships, etc.) and establish relationships with authority figures who can write your letters of recommendation when the time comes.
It is significantly more difficult to do this if you have to—
- work, take care of family members, navigate a culture when checking off these boxes is socially stigmatized, live in an area without resources to make that achievement possible (poor teachers, low populations), or haven’t had the absolute necessity of the above list drilled into you by parents and teachers since you were young.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!
- Pay about $50 a pop to take a standardized test. If I want to attend an Ivy League school, I will also have to take specialized subject tests, which run to about $25 each. If I need to send my scores to colleges, that’s $12 for each additional school.
- Fee waivers are available, but generally the restrictions are “below the poverty level and somehow dependent on the government.”
- If you do badly on these tests, they will significantly reduce your chances of getting into a top-notch school. Families with resources generally send their students to prep classes or tutors, which can run from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand.
- Have computer access and knowledge of how to use it.
- Fill out the Common Application, to the tune of $75 just for registration. If colleges have supplemental sections, those will have additional fees.
- Most highly-ranked schools? have supplemental sections.
- Applying for financial aid and fee waivers involves filling out the FAFSA, which requires a computer, an internet connection, and both knowledge and proof of your family’s recent financial history.
- You’re going to need to know how to write a personal essay that brags about your achievements??? there’s a particular art to it that you have to actively learn.
YAY YOU’VE GOTTEN IN, WHAT NOW?
- Pay for the fucking thing. Tuition in America runs from cheap in-state (about $8k a year) to more expensive out of state (about $20k) to private college and universities (anywhere from $30-60k, depending on the size and prestige of the university.)
- Programs that will pay for 4 years are limited. Finding individual scholarships takes time, and funding gets revoked. Loans have to be repaid, and $200k debt upon graduation can be crippling.
- Working part-time and summer jobs is not going to cover this.
- Not included: cost of living, books, tuition hikes.
Through all this, you also have to stay in school, get good grades (which means that your high school has to prepare you for college-level work), develop a friend group (so you don’t die of stress) and depending on where you go, deal with the classism and/or racism of the people who now surround you.
And that’s just at the college level, when people theoretically have some choice and mobility.
Do I think that with a great deal of hard work and a strong support system, an individual can overcome all of this? Yes. It’s a system, just like any other, and you can game it, just like any other. But jesus christ is the board stacked.
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
"THERE IS A TIGER IN THE LIVING ROOM!"
"Don’t worry he cool."
HOW ARE YOU
CAN I SIT HERE?
THANKS I’M JUST GONNA CUDDLE YOU FOR A BIT AND USE YOU AS MY PILLOW :D
jfc. a cat is a cat is a cat.
YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! no time for an essay right now so just some thoughts
- dick is the only, and i mean ONLY, member of the batfamily capable of being a cop
- cops suck, in real life and in the DCU. but you got your good cops. your jim gordons, your renee montoyas, your amy rohrbachs - your dick grayson.
- what’s great about dick is that he was like “hey, vigilante-ing is one thing, but this system is rotten inside and out. what if i got INSIDE that system!!!!!!!!” and then PROCEEDED TO DO IT!!!! and he has a lot of contacts and privilege that allow him to do this, so he does it. this is similar to what bruce does as CEO of wayne enterprises, except dick and bruce think differently - bruce in broad strokes, dick in the smaller, minute things
- so dick becomes a cop. dick becomes the jim gordon ca. year one of the bpd. dick gets issued a gun, dick uses the gun. dick has to put up with dickwards on the force, dick does so. dick gets the partner that nobody else wants (gannon malloy) and gets cool moments which affirmed he was a gay-positive character lmfao
- just….. a primary identifier of dick’s character is not that hes SUper Bright Happy Fun Time!!! but that he has a brightness that is stronger than the darkness; that perhaps burns brighter in the darkness. so he willingly goes into this awful, corrupt police force because he’s thinking: Maybe I Can Change It.
- it’s such a great thing that separates him from the rest of the family, because he’s working in institutions, and willing to do so; most of them are not. dick Gets people, dick Is a people-person, and so he does the thing for a lot of reasons, chief among them being that has an immediacy in him that i don’t think anyone else but perhaps cass has in the fam.
- i know i am not explaining it quite well right now? but i just think it is a REALLY good indicator of how he’s different from the family; of how he has a real motivation and drive to Serve, to Help People, in whatever form he gets; of how he’s willing to put aside personal loyalties (i.e. bruce’s NOOo GUNn ss thing) to do what he believes is right; also, of how he has his own moral and ethical code, and he functions and operates independently of the batfam, but also in tandem with them. just because they are different does not mean they are necessarily at odds
- plus the run was really great and you can tell he really loved being around and working with people. he needed it from a social standpoint; being a vigilante can get really lonely, and he needed a job that would put him in the midst of people who need his help
you never fully realize just how weird people are until you work a minimum wage costumer service job
Found a better use for the wine glasses
That’s a martini glass
I’m literally using it for milk and cookies does it look like I care about the finer points of debauchery