Challenging Nostalgia and Confronting Racism at Elite Schools

Nikhil Vootkur
7 min readAug 20, 2021

A student at a prestigious, New England boarding school reflects on his time there; the role nostalgia plays at elite, predominantly white schools; and the paths we can take to making our communities more inclusive and just.

St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH is an elite, preparatory, boarding school. (Photo by Nikhil Vootkur)

“St. Paul’s School has a storied past. More importantly, it has an unwritten future ahead…

Nikhil Vootkur

Studying Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora @ Tufts University. Writes about identity, politics, and culture