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Editorial

What is there to do after high school? For most students, the answer is: more school. 
Choosing the right college isn’t really all that terrifying when one knows what they want and what they can have. Personally, I have known what I wanted to do after Lincoln for a couple of years, though I have seen one dream school turn into another. Some students, like myself, see college as an opportunity to further their education, to, in one way or another, get further in life. Others see it as an excuse to move away from mum and pop, to finally have “fun” without them on their back. Based on these desires, finding the right school is not all that difficult. 
Grades and test scores also play a major part in deciding on the big step in one’s education. They can keep one from applying to schools or encourage them to apply. Depending on the institution, grades and scores can either make or break a student. 

At larger schools, the student is but a number with top test scores and 4.8 grade point averages, faceless and lacking an identity. Because of this, many students are not admitted because of their low scores. I have never liked this system of intellectual elitism; I feel that schools should look beyond the numbers and focus more on who the student actually is. That is one reason for my liking of personal statements. They are the student’s opportunity to ultimately express why a school should admit them. They give the scores and grades more character and a silhouette of an identity.

 

 

by Tiffany Do

Opinions 12/2010

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