Rose Courteau is a college graduate who utilized her disadvantage status to gain entry to college. When it comes to the college admission process, some underprivileged students have a hard time differentiating themselves to top schools. Whether from low grades due to issues at home, distance traveling to school, or zero extracurriculars due to working a job, these students have to creatively explain their experiences to compete with the masses.
Courteau asks a simple question as millions of students worldwide look to attend college; “How do lower class students explain their experiences without feeling like they’re gaming the system?” As the author writes, although falling in the “disadvantaged” category, not every day was a struggle. Sure low grades and additional issues plagued her, but should she write a paper only focusing on the negatives? In the end Courteau a bit uneasy but also grateful for her experiences and wrote an admissions paper that ultimately got her into college.
As college admission evolves, there are still unspoken truths to the process. Although not mentioned in the procedure, diversity of ethnicity, gender, and class take a part in selecting students. The benefits are encompassing but Courteau argues that students (and maybe even admission employees) don’t truly understand the value diversity brings.
In the end Courteau feels most people promote diversity because it’s essentially the right thing to do…for now. She warns that these sentiments may change in the future, and wonders what happens when people shout “reverse discrimination”.