It’s January. For some, this might mean a struggle with New Year’s resolutions. For hordes of high school seniors, this means that after endlessly reworking personal statements and trudging through baffling admissions websites, college applications are finally submitted. Reflecting on own days back in high school — a decidedly surreal and mildly uncomfortable experience — we can take heart in knowing that no matter how competitive admissions seemed then, it was not as bad as now: Seniors applied in record numbers this year, with UC Berkeley garnering more than 52,000 new applications — topped only by UCLA (with 61,000) and UC San Diego (with 53,000).
When the University of California decided to eliminate those cruel and pesky SAT subject tests from admissions requirements, they probably expected a more universal cry of ecstatic gratitude, or at the very least an exhalation. Rejoice, class of ’16 hopefuls! One more precious Saturday morning remains happily intact! However, getting caught up in sticking it to the boys over in Princeton, the UC left the Asian population out to dry. Now, they face cries of “discrimination.” read more »