Are 80% of Harvard students first-born children?
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My first-born brother is an alum! :) And of my friends who went there undergrad, I think all are only or eldest children. OLDEST KIDS GET EVERYTHING, DAMN THEM (sniffle).
Every Harvard alum I know is also a first kid. Except when all the kids went to Harvard.
As an old kid that didn't get everything, I will say that if your parents are lower middle class when you grow up but upper middle class when your siblings grow up, you can have a very different experience than your siblings.
I saw my parents a lot less than my siblings did. Made me more independent and risk-taking.
I sent some emails to Crimson friends and responses are definitely leaning toward the theory vs against... :)