Sydney B.

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What kind of a message are universities sending if they are more likely to grant admission to an out of state student than a local student just for being out of state? First of all, as a future college student, I suppose if this was true that in order to have a better chance at attending a university in my home state I would have to move to a different state. How realistic is this? Several thousands of students would do the same, if they thought it would increase their odds of attending their dream school. In addition to that, this completely ruins trying to find a convenient school close to your family. It is critical to so many aspiring students to find colleges near their home.

I strongly believe that all prospective college students deserve the same amount of consideration. After completing the seemingly endless application process, I would loathe to have my application overlooked due to my home address. Some of my beliefs behind this feeling come from Ella Fitzgerald, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, who said, “It isn’t where you come from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald was an amazing role model and her words couldn’t be more true. It shouldn’t matter if you are a local student or an out of state student. Instead of judging applicants on where they reside, colleges should use criteria such as grade point average and volunteer hours. I shouldn’t have to stress out about being judged on my background. I don’t want to be humiliated about where I come from. The only thing that I can fully control is where I’m going. To be honest, I see magnificent things in my future. I will get to where I need to be by being determined and obtaining a college degree. It would take an enormous burden away if public universities guarantee applicants equal compensation.

Since several public universities are receiving tinier budgets annually, colleges could be admitting more students every year. As I said earlier, public institutions should be giving all applications equal amounts of consideration, to ensure no one gets overlooked. To conclude, this is the only option remaining.

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