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Looking back, Fischbach said she is grateful to have been surrounded by books and manuscripts, and by the students, scholars and colleagues who are passionate about them.
"When you’re a first-gen student, you kind of buy into that idea of the American Dream in the sense that if I do all these things, there will be no more problems—like, I will have made it and it’s a permanent thing—and I think, from my experiences so far, I’ve learned that it’s very fragile."
"The GSB is a place where you can not always do everything. One has to prioritize."
“I thought – this is what I am interested in,” she said. “I’m interested in the question of aesthetics as politics and the politics of aesthetics.”
"Although my identity is not specifically defined within first-generation and low-income, I have still found community with other FLI students. That goes to show the huge range of experiences of people who identify as FLI."
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Jess Adepoju ( found video games to be a rich portal to alternative realities.
“I love the students,” he said. “I’m old, but hanging out with the students every Monday through Friday is the best. It keeps me young.”
"[The DGen Office] made me feel like, yes, I have a place in this campus. I belong here."
Tawanda Michael Mahere was in Thailand two years ago and there was much to celebrate: The startup he’d been working at was being acquired by Google, he had a job offer from there, and he’d just applied to Stanford GSB.
Now that I am actually sitting in the booth for our ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, there are moments — regularly — that I can't believe I am here.

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