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Let’s Talk About It: College Admissions

It’s that dreadful time of year, where shade will be thrown and friends will secretly hate each other and doubt one another’s intellect. It’s college admission decision season: the era that can turn the best of friends to brutal frenemies.
For those of us who applied early action or confirmed with early decision, spring is simply marked by scholarship applications and combatting senioritis. But unfortunately, as I walk the halls and overhear conversations in class, I can’t help but be saddened and disappointed in what has become of so many of my peers.
I think this needs to be said early: no matter where anyone goes or does not go, the opportunities for success are plentiful for those willing to work hard and play smart. This time of year is NOT the end all be all that will determine our futures.
My only desire is to see everyone’s dreams come true, but many schools are finicky with admissions decisions, so not everything is going to work out as planned for everyone.. It’s such a shame to see so many academically sound students compare one another in some sort of academic and/or athletic pissing contest.
“Oh my God, I can’t believe she got into [insert some amazing school here] and Suzy didn’t and her GPA is a 4.8 with an SAT score of 2390.”
Who knew there could be such a thing as smart shaming and the elitist idea of ranking the ivy leagues. All the ivy leagues are respectable schools in their own right and so are the UC’s so let’s not act like someone who goes to UCI is any less smart and talented as someone who goes to UCLA.
I nearly gagged when I heard someone actually say UC Riverside is “UC Rejects”. Not only is that elitist and bratty to say, but it’s frankly rude and disgusting. Instead of comparing one another and throwing hate every which way, we should all be coming together to celebrate the ending of high school and the start of a new chapter in life. We’re in the home stretch guys, can we all just spread a little more peace and love in these last few months?

Written by Dominique Barrett

Dominique was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She moved to San Diego her freshman year and started off high school as a Sundevil. She's played volleybal for the school since she's been here and is now on Varsity, she also joined staff as a sophomore. By her junior year she was appointed to the News editor. Another accomplishment would be when she was chosen to be a Sundevil Standout her sophomore year. Dominique has had a colorful Sundevil experience and looks forward to many more.

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