Does harvard discriminate?
Virtual Tours by Students
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So Harvard intentionally controls the number of Asians who were admitted. Much like the quota back in the 19 twenties and thirties was against Jews in the night is now backing a group of students suing one of the country's most prestigious university. About these documents show that Harvard is discriminating, holding signs. Everything is calm, students are studying, the leaves are changing and hundreds of tourists are rolling the yard. This lawsuit against Harvard by the students for fair admissions is on everybody's minds, whether it be the diversity rally or the constant emails we receive about it. We're constantly reminded of his trial every day. When I had a chance to check out some of the trial for myself, interview some of the documents published by S. F. F. A. I realized that a lot of their arguments had married. I wanted to get some videos of the trial, but they would not let me record in the courthouse. The first thing that set out to me was how light hearted the trial was for something, but should have been superseded in the time I was there. During the trial, S f F A. Used so many different formulas to show why Harvard was discriminatory, sometimes even confusing the judge with all the math and statistics that were involved when reading their online files. A document published by S. F F found that if treated as white applicants, there would be a 19% increase in the admittance for Asians or 44 more students every year in a class of 1600 students, that is. They also emphasized the racial disparities in the personal rating well, Harvard uses to quantify the personality, essays and general characteristics of applicants. So I wanted to see for myself I get a very special point of view because I'm an agent freshman at Harvard, right when this trial is starting, I wanted to see how they evaluated me. I knew that some law mandates that Harvard let's didn't see their admissions file and the notes that the admissions Committee made when they decided to Mitt that student. So I decided to submit a request to see that we're about to go for 40 turning these missions fire request forms. So I just got a text from a friend and she said that she got an email from Harvard, the registrar's office telling her when she could view our admissions about So I'm gonna go see it. Yes, I get to pick one of these four days to go view my file. Her first is the only words, So I guess in two weeks we'll be seeing what's in my admissions file. The first day of the trial was Monday, and a whole bunch of confidential Harvard files have been released. The most notable one was a document detailing exactly what criteria Harvard uses in judging his applicants. Okay, so it's Thursday, November 1st on, it's finally time to see my admissions file. There were 20 people sitting around this one square table, and we're all looking at our admissions file. The only thing we're allowed to do on our phone was take pictures, which meant if you were scrolling through text or anything else, you could get kicked out. So now on to what I actually found in my admissions file. First of all, there's this constant narrative that Harvard discriminates against agents because they're boring, that they think agents just want to go into premed and become doctors or something like that. I remember reading an article online where someone said that on their admissions file, one of the readers wrote, he's quiet and of course he wants to be a doctor. At first I wondered if it could be because I applied as a neuroscience major and I wanted to become a surgeon. So how did they know this large part of my personality without actually knowing me just reading my essays, which, by the way, I crafted as mature Lee as possible? I really have no idea, but it tells me one thing that they're doing something right and that they judge they're applicants characteristics pretty well, considering they're given such little information to use to judge an entire human being, So s F f A. If it is hard to judge an entire person off a few writing problems, you cannot possibly judge a group of people with statistics and the formulas that you use. There's so much more to a person than their numbers. In your strategy, you forget, in essence, the things that make us human. In reality, probably less than 5% of my application talked about my personality. Most of it talked about my academics extracurriculars what I would offer to the Harvard community and things like that. Through my application viewing, it is clear that the person berating just happens to be one of the many, often more important factors that Harvard takes into account in the admissions process. While it still may be true that Harvard does hold some notions in mind when looking at these personal rating frankly, a tiny point drop in one of the many categories used. The judge applicants should be minimal in determining of someone is accepted or not. Harvard could fill five whole incoming classes with valedictorians who'd received a perfect score on the S A. T. But that's not what Harvard is or will ever be. Harvard tries and succeeds to my mind, to fill its limited spot with the diversity not only of race and class but also geography, politics, interest, intellectual fields of study in the world. These so does Harvard discriminate, I say, possibly and if so minimally. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter. What matters is that we are a group of diverse human beings, and in my opinion, Harvard does that.