Hillbilly Elegy - Chapter 12-14 Summary & Analysis

J.D. Vance
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Vance begins Chapter 12 by explaining that he originally did not apply to any of the most prestigious law schools. After learning of a law school graduate who, unable to find a job, was forced to work at a restaurant, he realized how important it was to attend particular schools. He became particularly interested in Yale because of its small class size and reputation as a low-stress environment. It was also, paradoxically, his cheapest option because of its generous need-based financial aid. The author claims this reality, that the most prestigious schools are often the cheapest for low-income students, is largely unknown to kids like him. Yale was overwhelming to J.D., but in a positive way. He succeed in his classes, enjoyed the diversity of his classmates, and was interested in the history of the university. However, he also felt like an outsider...

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