Social Capital And Cultural Capital

915 Words May 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Social and cultural capital are two very important factors for school success as these factors explain the differences in achievement gap. ¬According to Golash-Boza, social capital is “the relationships and networks that students have” and cultural capital is “the cultural resources a student has at his or her disposal” (Golash-Boza 225). For social capital, it is basically knowing someone who already has experience of accomplishment in education. It is important to know someone close to a student, such as parents or cousins, who already have experienced school success because the ones with experiences can help guide the student through the educational process. Already familiar with the educational process, they can serve as mentors to students by providing them with resources and information that are available to them. Social capital and cultural capital are advantageous supply that can be given to students, who are most often privileged. Yet, as a recent immigrant, first generation college student from a working class family without any other relatives living in the United States, I was not granted with this privilege. Unlike many other friends who had private tutoring and consulting sessions, I was left by myself to figure out what I had to do. It was not until I was in my 11th grade that I was behind in resources in college application preparation. I thought a few extracurricular activities and decent grade point average would be enough to go to college. Without much of…
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