Should College Admissions Be Qualified For A Successful Future Career?

1178 Words Oct 7th, 2015 5 Pages
After high school, most students attend college in order to become qualified for a successful future career. In today’s society, attending a top-rated university or Ivy League institution is seen as the ticket for embarking on such a path. Yet because these programs are so competitive, the application process has become unnecessarily devastating, involving extensive test prep, unending academic pressure, exhaustive hours of extracurricular activities that may or may not earn a student an impressive mark of distinction, and emotionally draining interviews, campus visits, and networking events. The message revolving around college admissions is even worse than the agony of the application process itself—a message that a student’s worth and value to society somehow depends on where he or she attends college. Such a detrimental message forces one to ask whether a student’s success can actually be measured by an Ivy League degree, and Frank Bruni’s book Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be provides convincing answers to this question. Bruni argues that attending a top-ranked school does not necessarily lead to better professional opportunities, nor can an Ivy League stamp ever fully embody or reflect a person’s worth. He exposes flaws in the college admission process and shows how selling oneself to an Ivy League is not worth the battle. He effectively crafts his argument by employing myriad rhetorical strategies, including the use of personal anecdotes evocative of ethos, logos to…

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