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"Education is the most powerful weapon

which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela, South African civil rights activist

In 2017, a team led by the Harvard economist Raj Chetty discovered that students coming from families who earn more than $630,000 a year, or those in the top 1%, are 77 times more likely to be accepted into an Ivy League school than students coming from families who make less than $30,000 a year. Moreover, it was found that 38 colleges in America, including five in the Ivy League, welcome more students from the top 1% of the income scale than from the bottom 60%, families that make less than $65,000 a year. Ergo, a clear link is drawn between wealth and attending top-tier schools, students from low-income backgrounds constantly receiving reminders that they are the ones who do not belong.

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As part of our CIP 101's Final Work project at Sabanci University, we are aiming to raise awareness of this prevalent problem and encourage those affected to not give up on their dreams.

For an issue to be resolved, it first has to be known and understood. Hence, our main goal is to shed light on how elite schools fail to adequately serve low-income students.

Many students who suffer from the predominant advantage of students from wealthy families lose self-confidence throughout the process and blame themselves for not being enough, so we are here to tell them not only that they can prosper anywhere, but also that many renowned intellectuals either didn't attend college or dropped out later on.

University ranking isn't synonymous with material or personal success, and neither is the prestige that comes with pursuing a certain major or field of study like engineering. Find your passion in life and build upon it, for that is your only ticket to euphoria.
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