Personal Narrative: Finding Brandeis

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Since my childhood, I have been disturbed by inequality and injustice in the world. I felt like a solitary beacon of humanitarianism upon a coast of apathy and egoism. The idea of college life, then, was unnerving to me; I imagined attending a school full of ruthlessly competitive students of my own caliber or higher, indifferent to the plights of others. Finding Brandeis was a profound relief for my stressed self. The prospect of attending a school founded on a desire for equality, where students interact amiably and noncompetitively, seemed a dream come true. Even after my first visit to Brandeis in July, though, I was skeptical- how could a school be so rigorous and yet so accommodating, so prestigious and yet so friendly, equally dedicated
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