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Excerpt: "Deborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983. But she wasn't prepared for what she'd find there."

Brett M. Kavanaugh. (photo: REX/Shutterstock)
Brett M. Kavanaugh. (photo: REX/Shutterstock)


Brett Kavanaugh Fit in With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.

By Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, The New York Times

15 September 19


Deborah Ramirez’s Yale experience says much about the college’s efforts to diversify its student body in the 1980s.

eborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983. But she wasn’t prepared for what she’d find there.

A top student in southwestern Connecticut, she studied hard but socialized little. She was raised Catholic and had a sheltered upbringing. In the summers, she worked at Carvel dishing ice cream, commuting in the $500 car she’d bought with babysitting earnings.

At Yale, she encountered students from more worldly backgrounds. Many were affluent and had attended elite private high schools. They also had experience with drinking and sexual behavior that Ms. Ramirez — who had not intended to be intimate with a man until her wedding night — lacked.

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