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The Asian that cant...a lil help plz?

Btrfly.EfktBtrfly.Efkt Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited February 2008 in College Admissions
Sooo, ive been readin alot of articles on the *quota* put on asian students when applying to college, apparently true stuff. The thing is...im not an excellent student, im an above-average student, but not without struggling. But the big problem is unfortunately something i have no control over; my ethnicity. I have a healthy curiosity in lots of stuff (philosophy especially) and take a hobby in music. my gpa is a stable 3.9ish with 3 ap classes. (junior year) but It really gets me down to see others with full 7 ap classes (doubling up on science) + 5.0 gpa +musical talent. [:eek:!!] Is this what i have to compete against? Cuz i know for sure, harvard would definitely pick the excellent asian student over the above-average...(or would they? ;)) Fortunately, i take a genuine interest (really i do!) on many things, and i hear that there are subjects where (the usual) asians dont go after.

Can someone give me a list of majors they think i can get in without so much of this (intense) competition?
Or an alternative solution...?
Or some consolation?
Or a hug... ;)?

PS> I dont really blame the colleges for putting a racial quota, i too hold a great value on diversity, and i know that getting into a great college isnt everything in the world, sadly im INTERESTED in education :( (and asian, if u havent picked that up yet :confused:) so id really like answers! thanks guys

Your forum fellow,
Justin
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Replies to: The Asian that cant...a lil help plz?

  • bendeezybendeezy Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    i heard german studies is a good bet at usc/saw it first hand with a asian at my school with horrible stats(im talkin 2.5ish) but his parents were filthy rich alum
  • auraeightauraeight Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    um, 3.9 (unweighted) is EXCELLENT
  • Gabs91Gabs91 Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    Look, I don't know if this is 100% true but I think colleges might like you because you're NOT the typical asian a.k.a all APs and interested in Math and Science/ becoming a doctor. You're something else. If you're interested in philosophy, go for it. You're a normal kid, not a robot doing what his parents want and that makes you unique. Don't worry about those other kids: there are so many of them that they don't stand out. Not fitting your racial sterotype makes you different if anything. Keep working hard and keep doing things that interest you. Good Luck! :)
    By the way, your GPA is excellent.
  • Newjack88Newjack88 Registered User Posts: 1,839 Senior Member
    Look, I don't know if this is 100% true but I think colleges might like you because you're NOT the typical asian a.k.a all APs and interested in Math and Science/ becoming a doctor. You're something else. If you're interested in philosophy, go for it. You're a normal kid, not a robot doing what his parents want and that makes you unique. Don't worry about those other kids: there are so many of them that they don't stand out. Not fitting your racial sterotype makes you different if anything. Keep working hard and keep doing things that interest you. Good Luck!
    By the way, your GPA is excellent.
    i completely agree. just wondering, what are your test scores like? what all are you involved in? do you really want to go to Harvard and why? it seems as though a lot of people on here just want to go there to feel good about themselves. it seems as though they equate their self worth with going to an ivy league school.
  • BayBay Registered User Posts: 12,499 Senior Member
    Colleges do not use quotas, but generally they do want a racially diverse mix of students. So think about it - every student of every race is in the same boat you are!

    There are 3,000 colleges in the United States. Perhaps if you focus on one of the many alternatives to Harvard, you will see that you are likely to be admitted to almost all of them. Any student, no matter how stellar their scores and ECs, has a very slim chance of being admitted to Harvard.
  • TheFTheF Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    my issue deals largely with the quotas themselves rather than your ability to succeed under their terror

    why make a racial bias at all, de facto or not. why not make the selection process a little more lengthened so that all aspects of excellence are considered. after all isn't this the reason for diversity? that some races may be better at a certain aspects? why not simply grade those aspects rather than their implication due to race?
    i mean, if asians will be the best at something... let the asians do it! isn't equality over excellence ridiculous? blame poverty, blame status, blame the world, but don't make the blame something more substantial, something harmful, something unfair
  • H5N1H5N1 Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    From an average asian's point of view :D, I think that you probably have a better chance at going to Harvard than me. I don't think my 2290 sat, 4.0 uw gpa, musical talent, and interest in science sets my app apart from any of the other 10,000 asian applicants to Harvard. You, on the other hand, offer a unique addition to their student body. Don't fret too much about admissions. Just let them happen! :)
  • Btrfly.EfktBtrfly.Efkt Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    reply to auraeight, thats weighted :/ 3.9 weighted
    and thx guys, for the replies :)

    edit: guess im gonna have to work harder this semester :D?

    + I was thinking about majoring in liberal arts, just in case i don't know what to do still.
    how much less of a chance would i get if i wanted to go into a grad school with liberal arts rather than say, biology major for med school or something?
  • sutoroberriisutoroberrii Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    Aww~ don't feel bad.

    What I've discovered since my college search/mad essay-writing/;-; I'm-not-good-enough-for-any-college!-panic attacks is that our imperfections are the things that make us unique. You think colleges want another cookie cutter Asian on campus? Nah. ;D

    Besides. Now you actually have stuff to write about. You know what it's like to struggle. To fail. And, most importantly, TO NOT GIVE UP!

    Most Asians have NO idea what it feels like because they've been perfect all their lives... but once they get into college, it's like "OHMAGOD, I'm not so perfect anymore!" :] But you do.

    Seriously. ^^

    Don't feel so bad~ :]
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