College admissions is so messed up- Agree or Disagree?
This is like a discussion question- I want to know your thoughts.
I feel like it is way too grueling, stressful, and unfair.
People are literally giving up their high school career just to get waitlisted at like Harvard
In some countries they pay YOU to go to college
I know I'm not the only one who thinks the debt, sacrifices, and injustice in the system is just wild.
Share your thoughts below!
I 100% agree. Although not all college students have experienced this, but students who are aiming for those top schools are really affected by how unfair it is. I hate how unnecessarily competitive some of these schools are, it really pushes kids to sacrifice all of their teen years trying to impress a business. There is almost this social pressure that going to the best schools is the only way to become successful, this gives students a mindset that their grades & stats are all that matters. When you focus so much of your life on aiming to get into a university, it almost feels like these numbers and achievements are intertwined with who you are (when in reality you are so much more than your GPA). This pressure forces students to take classes that they know they will burn out in, and participate in extracurriculars they aren't even passionate in ("Oh, this would look super good on applications" instead of "I would love to do this, this aligns with my passions"). There is so many issues we have just normalized with the education system, especially when you would compare us to other countries.
To any future college students reading this: your life is so much more than where you go to university. Take a break from obsessing over your GPA, chancing calculators, scores and trying to have the best ECs. I promise you, you will feel better about yourself when you stop tying your self worth to numbers.
I agree!! It's really sad and stressful, to be honest. And I feel like most of our life there is a lot of talk about college admission but personally, there's not a lot of talk about what happens when you're actually in college or after college. After all, college should only be a stepping stool towards whatever profession we choose.
I agree. We are put under pressure to get perfect grades so that we can get into a good college, and yet we are never taught how to do taxes or buy a house. 🤨
Oh wow, I fully agree with you. I think the whole sob story aspect of the college admissions thing is odd too. I 100% think that colleges should consider extenuating circumstances that may have prohibited students from demonstrating their full potential, but I think admissions should be based on intellectual curiosity, not that your dog died lol. I've been looking into UK college admissions, and there are some massive discrepancies between their system and the system in the U.S.. There, your personal statement is entirely academic and professional, if you told a sob story there your application would probably be thrown out. Instead, they look for passion in your field of study. Another thing is community service and EC's--in the UK, EC's don't matter at all unless they directly relate to your major (ie prospective English lit major publishing a book in HS). If you want to major in biology and played the cello, they don't care about that activity at all haha. I like this aspect of their system because it takes off stress to cover all the EC bases (art, athletic, etc), and allows you to focus on what you like. On the flip side, it also means you have to figure out what you want to do really early.
Just the fact that my chances for my current favorite school doubled after I changed my race from Asian to Hispanic is highly disappointing.
I agree, as an Asian myself, I am held to higher standards because of my race and it is disheartening.
Yeah, I think the state of college admissions in the United States is unfortunate. Income level—and thus race, family background, gender, and location—becomes a huge barrier for students that are otherwise highly motivated or highly qualified. Despite average SAT scores being around 1000, students are pushed towards 1500-1600 to get into their dream schools. Rather than engage in activities that are fun & fulfilling, students are pressured to do things that fill out a good resume, and rather than maintaining a sustainable schedule, they are forced into the huge workload of advanced classes, part-time work, leadership clubs, and community service. I feel like I must’ve wasted my life, or that I’m not cut out for the colleges I want to attend just because my work history isn’t consistent and I hated student government.
Totally agree! It's so stupid to think that we're supposed to go through all of this and have a clear picture of what we want to do, cure cancer, save the world, etc. at 17. Plus, I don't really think the school you go to matters as long as you push yourself and explore and enjoy learning. I'd love it if taking gap years, working first, not going to college if it doesn't fit you were more normalized.
I think gap years have definitely been gaining in popularity. There are schools who even encourage students to do one before attending (Tufts is an example). Still a long way to go but we're heading in the right direction in my opinion!
Agree with all the comments! But will also say that it is up to you on where you want to go to college. Ivys or T20 are not the only route. There are so many really good state schools as well where you will equally get good education.
Agree. The whole fact that we need "chancing calculators" is dumb.
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