High School And Selective Honors Programs

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One of the biggest misconceptions in my high school was that the people in the top ten rank were the smartest students in the city. That because we were considered to be the best school in the city(another issue in and of itself), they were the ones that were going to be accepted into the high ranking universities and selective honors programs. But what most of my classmates (and myself at first) failed to see, was that the truth was different. When one took a step back and actually looked at the credentials and scores of the people in the top ten rank when compared to the rest of the class, it became exceedingly obvious that the numbers don’t support the notion that they are the “elite” scholars of the school, let alone of the city. Many of the “elite” were there for one reason only, they knew how to play the system by picking the easiest teachers for each subject. Now of course there were a couple of students among them that were indeed hard workers and very intelligent, our valedictorian is a great example of that. But the majority of them were anything but. Most of their test scores (AP, SAT, ACT, etc.), awards, and community service/extracurricular activities were noticeably less than the students who were deemed less “successful”. Now when I first started there I thought that maybe if I tried to do what they did, I would have a higher chance of getting into a great university, but I started to notice several little things about the previous classes and their top ten’s experience in college. This was the moment that my academic goals changed. Coming from an “underprivileged” area, my high school could get away with mediocre, at best, education and still be hailed as the top school in south Texas. The graduation speeches woul... ... middle of paper ... ...they introduced me to UT and made it easier to apply than they did for other Texas schools. So, even though I would have preferred to have gone to a better quality school, they were the ones that got me to where I am today, and any success I have in the future is partly due to their help. In most cases going to a high school where GPA and learning don’t go hand in hand is not preferable. But if one is able to take a step back and realize what’s wrong with its system, it may actually be beneficial. Not only was I one of the few that was actually learning, but I was also one of the few that were admitted into UT and one of two out of 20 admitted into McCombs. I can go on and on about the down sides of my high school, but the one thing that I will always give it credit for is getting me to a university like UT, even if it wasn’t the way a high school is supposed to.
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