My father had a farm in Kansas and worked in construction. My mother taught me to read, but my parents didn’t think that girls should go to college.
I ended up at a big state university, the kind with 600 kids in the Chemistry 101 class, and I was a student who had had no pre-college preparation. In high school, I studied home economics and sewing. I dropped out my first year.
I later went to a small liberal arts college, thanks to financial aid and working several part-time jobs.
The journalist notes that Chopp, who has also served as president of Colgate University and Dean of the Yale Divinity School, holds "events" for first-generation college students. This suggests she has a special understanding of the barriers--emotional, economic, and otherwise--that these students face--whether or not they grew up on farms.