Coming from a large public high school, I was initially intimidated by what I thought I would find at WashU. I do not come from a family that would be considered wealthy. I grew up comfortably and my parents gave me and my brother more than enough, but it’s not like we had a yacht or a summer cottage. When I got my acceptance letter from WashU, I was beyond thrilled. WashU was one place where I honestly did not think I was going to get in. So when I saw the email, I checked it twice to make sure they hadn’t made a mistake. I immediately knew that this was where I wanted to go, but then the uncertainty began setting in: I am a middle-class student from a public high school. Was I going to fit in?

The question kept ringing in my head as I unpacked my belongings and settled into life at WashU. What I experienced couldn’t be further from my fears. Here at WashU, it doesn’t matter what kind of a high school you come from. Yes, most of the people I meet are from private schools, and most people come from families wealthier than mine. But neither of those things have ever been held against me. Rather, it has given me a different perspective; meeting all these different people has given me the opportunity to grow and learn about experiences and backgrounds that aren’t like my own.

I thought I’d be in the minority by coming from a public high school, and I was right about that. But since stepping on this campus, I’ve never felt like I was at a disadvantage in any way. WashU is truly one of the best places to be, regardless of where you come from.