Maureen Cullins, 1GLI

My Story

headshot of Maureen CullinsBeing low income in a wealthy college environment was most striking. In my first French class, the professor asked who had seen the Mona Lisa. Every hand went up except mine. The experience was repeated again when he asked about the Sistine Chapel. Learning to navigate the situations that “outed” me as low income or lacking in what seemed to be common experiences was challenging. I remain grateful for having an advisor who readily related to my experiences and who also made me aware that college was more than a place to get a degree – it was to a place to grow and learn from a diversity of people and experiences.