Why College Admissions Need An Overhaul By Jonathan R Cole Analysis

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In “Why Elite-College Admissions Need an Overhaul”, Jonathan R. Cole, the author of the essay, made a very strong argument on why the college admissions process is not right or fair. Within his argument, Cole states what elite colleges look for now, why what they look for is wrong, and what colleges should do instead of their current process to prove his point. I agree with Cole in his statement that the college admissions process needs an overhaul because there are some phenomenal students who are being looked over by colleges. Although I agree with his statements, I do not necessarily agree with the way Cole thinks the process should be. The first few paragraphs of the essay introduce to the reader how elite colleges currently chose who …show more content…
But who is to say that you are not gifted and talented just because of a lower grade in a class which will never be relevant to your future goals and plans. For example, my last two years of high school, I completed thirty college credits based on my goal of becoming a registered nurse. I quickly discovered that, though the class load was relatively easy, the nursing program was not for me so I dropped the classes which in turn, made my transcript appear lousy to college admissions. While discovering I was not gifted in the nursing field, I realized I am gifted in the teaching field. Though I uncovered my future plans and goals, I cost my attendance at a very well established school which, should not have been the case. Students should not be penalized for attempting to discover their futures and …show more content…
However, the “final selection” as Cole calls it, is an idea in which I do not agree with. As aspiring students of an institution, we should not have to “audition” to be able to receive a top notch education. As students, we should not be forced to “try out” to follow our dreams. Although I do understand why top colleges like Columbia would want students who are going to be the very best and look the best on their national scores, I do not believe students should be tested and scored by a panel of judges, competing against each other to see who is the most talented. Instead, colleges should be looking at ways to better each student as an individual and make each student Allen Ginsberg worthy. “Blue collar brilliance” by Jonathan R. Cole has many valid points that lead to a great argument put up by Cole himself that include the current admissions process most elite colleges use, why said process is wrong, and how the admissions offices should work to improve the process. With Cole, I agree that the admissions process does require an overhaul and should be fixed if colleges want to see more students strive in their

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