Coming Out as a Scholarship Student at Columbia: Invisible Labor and Class Lines

Koko Jaeger

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Ever since May 1st, I’ve been thinking a lot about labor.

May 1st is, of course, international workers’ rights day: one day of the year. But our economy is driven by blue collar workers every day of the year, not just on the first day of Spring when those who are willing choose to recognize it for 24 hours.

I am lucky enough to attend a really wonderful undergrad college at a really wonderful university and I am hugely grateful for that and for the opportunities it affords me. Full disclosure, though, I am here on an incredible scholarship, without which I would absolutely not be able to afford tuition to this school.

Here at Barnard, and at the greater Columbia University, the grass is always tidy, the paving stones are always swept and, in the Barnard dorms anyway, the bathrooms are cleaner than any dorm bathrooms have a right…

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Very Interesting.

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