Dear students at Pembroke College, my name is Emilie Tronborg and I am absolutely thrilled to be standing here in front of all of you, to express my experience and knowledge about social mobility, and why it is so significant.
Let me start off my speech with a statement that I personally find truly disturbing: “One in eight children from low-income backgrounds is likely to become a high-income earner as an adult.”
Statistics show, that in the educational system the children that are on free school meals are moderately less prone to attain good grades in school, making it almost hopeless to attend decent universities.
I mentioned that this is what influenced me mentally as a child. I know what it feels like to have this kind of constraint on me at a young age. Luckily for me, I’m one of the very few that proved the statistics wrong.
And if you were to get the grades and opportunity to enter a nice university or just a reasonable university.
The sky-high prices may be the last straw, and you'd have to give up your hard-earned spot on your one-way ticket towards upwards social mobility.