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September 18, 2023
Limiting Applicants To 200-Words Is "Racist" Claims Harvard's Student Newspaper
Harvard University’s new application essay requirements, including a 200-word limit, puts racial minorities at a disadvantage, according to a Board editorial from Harvard's student newspaper “The Harvard Crimson.”
This is due to new questions that “seemingly cater to those from highly privileged backgrounds.”
Harvard revamped its admissions process after the Supreme Court ruled that its racist admission practices were unconstitutional.
“Shortening the essays has a disparate impact that falls heaviest on those from marginalized backgrounds. Learning to package yourself within a shorter amount of space is a product of advanced education; longer essays more equitably allow applicants to discuss their experiences in full, particularly if they are from non-traditional backgrounds and require more space to elaborate on nuanced qualifications,” the editorial claims.
If you are not smart enough to package an essay into 200 words, then you are not smart enough to get into college.
They argue in favor of "trauma dumping" describing it as “explaining how past life experiences have shaped who you are.”
I am pretty sure the last thing the admissions department wants to do is read a million sob stories that give the applicant permission to ramble.
"Those who have undergone traumatic experiences should not have to fear that writing about the experiences that shaped them looks like a beg for admission," they state.
They also claim that some of the questions are flawed. One specifically, about describing an intellectual experience that was important to you.
"This question seemingly privileges applicants from well-resourced backgrounds for whom additional academic opportunities were plentiful in high school."
Two members of the editorial board, Ruby J.J. Huang and Joshua Ochieng, disagreed and co-wrote a dissenting op-ed.
Huang and Ochieng argue that the new short essays make Harvard more accessible and that it is an oversimplification to say that the new essays are harder.
Assuming that certain demographics are not capable of completing the assignment within the established guidelines, is by itself very racist, obviously.
But I am sure this all really comes from them witnessing Kamala Harris having trouble effectively communicating or getting a point across, as it takes the Vice President 1,000 words to say absolutely nothing.
If the vice president can’t effectively communicate, then that must mean all minorities have the same problem, right?
It is also kind of ironic how the writers are asking for a license to ramble at the worst university in America when it comes to free speech. But I guess they are not advocating for ‘free speech’ but rather more speech that is aligned to Harvard's woke ideology.