Columbia Class Confessions opens dialogue about first-generation and low-income students' experiences on campus, students say.
BY KALPANA MOHANTY | SPECTATOR STAFF WRITER | APRIL 9, 2015, 5:52 AM
For Toni Airaksinen, BC ’18, a class discussion on art in her first-year English class turned into a reminder of the challenges she faced as a low-income student.
“Until New York, I had never been out of Cleveland because there’s no way I could afford a plane ticket,” Airaksinen said. So when the class began to discuss their favorite exhibits at the Louvre Museum in France, Airaksinen felt the disconnect.
“I was really confused so I raised my hand and asked, ‘What's the Louvre?’ and my professor said, ‘What do you mean you don't know what the Louvre is?,’” she said.