This thread is kind of depressing, but I'm happy to see that there are many other high-achieving students from low socio-economic backgrounds
Something that really shocked/surprised me was when I visited Yale Law (my 90% likely law school choice) a few weeks ago. The students all seemed warm, friendly, and whatnot at first, but then when they asked me what college I went to and I mentioned my big state school they sort of got a bit condescending--"why would you ever choose that
school; I don't know of anyone here who ever went there." When I talked about my financial situation and background and how that limited me to a big state school that would give me a big scholarship (at the time I was applying for undergrad, I wasn't aware that the Harvards of the world are so generous to low income students), everyone got a bit distant and it almost seemed like they looked down at me.
Now of course not everyone at Yale, or Harvard, or wherever is like this, but you would think that these students who have supposedly done so much community service in low-income areas and less-developed countries would know that just because someone might not have the money to take violin lessons or go to an Ivy undergrad or take vacations in Paris, doesn't mean that he isn't a well-educated, hard-working student who might very well deserve
all those things.
Anyway, not to sound corny, but a pat on the back to all of you guys
Que vivan los nacos!