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Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School

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Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School

By  Kendra James , Read by  Mela Lee
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A sharp-witted and deeply insightful look into the storied world of elite prep schools from the first African-American legacy student to graduate from The Taft School

Early on in Kendra James's professional life, she began to feel like she was selling a lie. As an admissions officer specializing in diversity recruitment for independent prep schools, she persuaded students and families to embark on the same perilous journey she herself had made--to attend cutthroat and largely white schools similar to The Taft School, where she had been the first African-American legacy student only a few years earlier. Her new job forced her to reflect on her own elite education experience and to realize how disillusioned she had become with America's inequitable system.

In Admissions, James looks back at the three years she spent at Taft, chronicling clashes with her white roommate, how she had to unlearn the respectability politics she had been raised with, and the fall-out from a horrifying article in the student newspaper that accused Black and Latinx students of being responsible for segregation of campus. Through these stories, some troubling, others hilarious, she deconstructs the lies and half-truths she herself would later tell as an admissions professional, in addition to the myths about boarding schools perpetuated by popular culture.

With its combination of incisive social critique and uproarious depictions of elite nonsense, Admissions will resonate with anyone who has ever been the only one in a room, dealt with racial microaggressions, or even just suffered from an extreme case of homesickness.

ISBN: 9781668606797

ISBN-10: 9781668606797

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Publication Date: 01/18/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/18/2022 - 12:00am

Language: English

Categories

Cultural, Ethnic & Regional - African American & Black

Women

Topic - School & Education