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Ivy Leagues’ Proposal Makes Students See College Admissions In a New Light

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To this day, High School students have been pushed to do their best to be well rounded and also maintain a high G.P.A and high test scores. Students learn to do this in order to get accepted by a specific well-known University such as Harvard or Stanford. However, Universities such as Harvard changed their mind about their requirements on perfect grades and test scores by shining a light on “meaningful” community service activities. By interacting within their community, High School students learn to create social skills, solve problems, learn to manage their time, and many more benefits that will help them in the future.  

A major key in students preparing themselves for the future is when they work on their social skills and how they interact with others. Engagement in the community provides students a chance to get real experience on how to get along with their peers which they will be required to already do when they get the job they want when they get older. Students also prefer to give back to their community rather than remain on the receiving end. In an editorial article “Real Compassion in College Admissions” in the New York Times on Feb. 6, Steve Cohen writes that “a survey that found that only 22 percent of middle- and high-school students thought that caring for others was more important than personal happiness or individual achievement.” Moreover, students will strive to become good people as they get older learning from their community service activities. Furthermore, interaction and socializing gets students involved with the real world instead of them focusing on academics all the time.

Advantages such as learning how to solve problems among their peers and other things they are working with in the activity also aids them in the future. Students who participate in extra community service activities have a greater chance to get into the college or university they apply for. In the same article, Cohen says that “Yale has already announced plans to add a new application essay on a student’s “engagement” in the community.” This might be a relief for most students; however, academics is still a huge factor in succeeding in college and chasing your dreams, while community service is just a small portion of what it takes. So community service is very handy in the future but it won’t be worth anything if you don’t strive for good grades as well.

Overall, colleges rethinking admissions and requirements is a big step in considering how stressed students are. Even though it’s just Community service that they chose to emphasize, I think they’ll be making more changes to help students get in because the country is in desperate need of new leaders for the upcoming generation. In order to create new leaders, everyone has to have a high education to make the U.S. strive and flourish.

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