Several years ago, after graduating from high school, I enrolled...

Several years ago, after graduating from high school, I enrolled in a technical school to audit a few courses. The first day of classes I felt very critical of almost everyone in the school. There was quite a mixture of colors, nationalities, and backgrounds. Many were high-school dropouts, and I was surrounded by what I felt were lower-class, uneducated people. At least that is how I saw them at the time.

The first day was miserable. I kept thinking that someone might try to grab my purse or start harassing me, and I was beginning to feel I had really made a mistake enrolling in the school. Certainly I was far above most of the other students in education and good breeding—or so I considered myself. I indulged this mortal and misleading view of my fellow students, along with fear and unhappiness, for the whole day.

August 4, 1980
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