College Admission

College admission has become ridiculously competitive. High school students are going to greater lengths to out-do their competition. In my parents generation it was enough just to get good grades. Now, not only do we need 4.0+ GPA’s, we need to stand out in ways that seem unnatural for most high school students.

Even if a student manages to do it all and then-some, he may not get into the school he desires. For example, my brother, last year, was ranked #1 in his senior class, was a leader in FVRR, took part in math competitions, was part of numerous clubs, volunteered many hours, started a volunteer musical performance group, had a super-high SAT score, was a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar, and even conducted original research at a local university. He applied to Stanford and was flat out rejected. Anyone would think, “If he didn’t get in, why should I even try?”

Photo @2010 by Sean MacEntee [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2010 by Sean MacEntee [CC BY 2.0]

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Stereotype

Today in class we had a discussion about stereotypes and how they can lead to prejudice, discrimination, and even hate. Stereotyping is thrown around all the time in comedy and the youth. They’re being used frequently everyday and it’s becoming somewhat okay to use them in jokes. However, the more we use them, the easier it becomes to say them at the wrong time and end up hurting someone. Stereotypes are absolutely not acceptable to say. They directly transfer in to what we call the pyramid of hate. The pyramid of hate is started from one stereotype, and it can lead to terrible feelings. It can also lead to people being alone not without being able to chose if they want to or not.

Photo @2015 by Alan Levine [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Photo @2015 by Alan Levine [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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