Thanks to the generous people who sponsored the dinner. It was amazing and delicious! From the various discussions at the dinner I realize that non-ILC members and ILC members really do come from drastically different backgrounds and see a lot of things differently. What's reassuring though is that learning is not dependent on what background you come from. Any person can be successful in academia just as long as they apply themselves. If students apply themselves anything is really possible. With that in mind I respect the ideology of non-ILC members in the Yale Program and will not forget where I come from and how I came to be the person I am today.
"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.
The only real security that a man will have in this world
is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."