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The “Lottery of Birth”

How much of your life can be attributed to the circumstances of your birth? Recently, New York Times Columnist Nick Krsitoff described a meeting between two young women, one a college student from Long Island, the other a young wife in Myanmar, who were born into vastly different circumstances. He writes, “talent is universal, but opportunity is not.” The truth of this statement is as visible in international comparisons as it is in your own neighborhood. What we’re doing at WSI is trying to provide opportunity to a few students who are a bit short on it and share some of our good fortune from the “lottery of birth” with others who have a little less.