In high school & college, did you have friends from different socioeconomic groups or did you have
friends solely from your particular socioeconomic group?
Honestly, I have no idea how rich or poor my friends were. The only one I'm kinda willing to guess at is one of my friends from high school, Mei. Her dad is a regular ol' doctor, so I'm willing to bet he makes a decent amount of money. Upper middle class at most, maybe.
Other than that, I couldn't tell ya. It just wasn't a subject that ever came up.
Same here! Most students lived on campus and everyone was out to enjoy their "newfound freedom" of not living with their parents! College was not like the "real world". No one really cared where you were "from". We were all in the same boat.
Yes, I had friends from various backgrounds while in college. Being on a huge university campus is similar to being at an "all inclusive vacation resort" in that the majority of people only see each other as fellow students or vacationers.
While on campus we were pretty much in the same boat.
A kid who is going to college on a scholarship, government grant, or student loan lives in the same dorms as those whose parents are paying for their child. I didn't come from a rich family but never had a problem making friends if I wanted to. I was a RA in charge of a dorm floor, on the judicial board, a member of a fraternity, and my college sweetheart was Miss Black Indiana back when there use to be a Miss Black America contest during the 70s. Even as a freshman I had friends who were in grad school working on their Phd. During my youth and even now (personality and intellect) are the main determining factors on whether or not I choose to befriend someone.
Naturally if we're not "running in the same circles" odds are we'll never meet. This goes back to my analogy of being on campus or on a resort. During that period it's almost like everyone is on a level playing field. We were all students, eating pizza, wearing jeans, partying, and enjoying the freedom of not having parents in our daily lives. My college years contained some of my most wonderful times. Maybe my experience of being at a Big 10 university is different from what it might have been like if I had gone to a private college or something along the lines of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or Columbia where many students come from families with "old money".
My dorm roommates in college were from wealthy families. Doctors, lawyers, engineers etc. Everybody partied together like we knew each other for years. All races, both genders. Since everything was paid for, housing , meals etc., it was like everybody was rich. Everybody was friendly; students, professors, assistant instructors. Nobody cared what your background was. It was a college/town campus with 38,000 students enrolled.
I went to a career high school for agriculture so there were many types of people who went there for various reasons. This forced me to get used to and associate with people from all different kinds of ethnic groups and economic levels. I live in Queens New York, it is the most diversified borough and neighbourhood in the entire United States.
In college where I went was more of one type of ethnic group and socioeconomic level. I was more like a fish out of water but my training in highschool prepared me for this. So yes and no and later I married someone who is cross culturally different from me.
When I was in school, I had friends from all backgrounds. As people grow older, at least I did, they tend to look less at the possessions or history of a person (i.e. money, status, birthplace, etc.) and more to who they are as a person.
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