College has become increasingly competitive over the years. And Etowah High students and faculty are rising to the challenge, working to create a more positive environment, which many students feel better equips them to tackle college applications.
“The standard to which they [admissions officers] hold us at is something many people cannot achieve. It makes us have to possibly pick schools that are not as competitive to ensure that we are not held to that standard,” senior Kian Gibbons said.
Race factoring into college admissions sounds unimaginable. However, recent allegations against prominent universities might prove otherwise. The Supreme Court recently was petitioned to evaluate if race was a factor in discrimination against Asian Americans during the admissions process.
Etowah students and faculty have taken steps to ensure inclusivity among the student body, along with providing materials that educate students about various cultures. In fact, in January, Etowah’s Diversity Council created a campuswide campaign celebrating the Chinese New Year.
“Etowah does a great job with making everyone feel equal and included,” senior Katie Aycock said.
“During my time of service on the Diversity Council, I recognized the importance of promoting a positive school climate. I think that respect was lacking for students, teachers and administrators. In response, the Diversity Council improved the one ability that everyone struggles with: listening. This one skill is the most important of all. Without the ability to listen effectively, assumptions are made, and people are easily misunderstood,” sophomore Rhys Moritz said.
College admissions are meant to be fair and equal. While the ongoing allegations against prominent universities are disappointing to many, Etowah is continuously working to ensure a diverse and accepting school culture for all students.
– Ila Prabhuram is a senior, and this is her fourth year on the newspaper staff. She loves writing, reading, fashion, traveling and music.