Besides its competitiveness, the reason I chose Yale was because their website said they would meet “100% of demonstrated financial need.” As my financial need was 100%, that sounded pretty good to me. Competitive and philanthropic? This was my school! Done and done. Even sending in the financial paperwork required me to sneak into my parents’ tax files in the middle of the night, make a copy (thank goddess they had gotten a small copier for their farming and tiling businesses), and forge my parents’ signatures (thank god I am a fairly good forger). I figured getting in to Yale was the hard part, and I crushed that. I quietly congratulated myself for a day or two. I was a genius. Then I got my financial letter in the mail. Yale’s scholarship and financial department had awarded me 0 dollars.