A casual mention of the phrase “language requirement” usually makes people groan. “It’s just so many classes,” they say, “and far too many worksheets.” “It’s such a waste of time,” they quip, “I learned this all in high school. And I still can’t even roll my r’s. What gives?”...
By Alexa Roman, Harmony Graziano, Tausi Wadutumi, Robert Tang, Melissa Ho, Liberty Martin, Joseph Siegel, Christian Gonzalez, Natalia Queenan, Sabina Jones, Arielle Isack, and Robert Godfried
Alexa Roman is a sophomore in Columbia College studying English. She works with the First-Generation Student Advisory Board to address prominent issues in the low-income community on campus. Additionally, she works with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to improve outreach to underprivileged groups. This column serves as a continuation of Alexa’s prior work detailing the experiences of FGLI students at elite universities. Outside of her work, Alexa can be found worrying her mother about the college experience and romanticizing Koronets despite its subpar quality. She would like to remind you that you are still not middle class. Alexa can be reached via email at email@example.com, but only if it’s something nice. Her column You’re Still Not Middle Class runs alternate Mondays....