posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 08:42 PM
The process of getting into a decent college is a long and frustrating process as we all know. It requires time, dedication, and especially money to
become a student in the top 5% of high school. One will need SAT practice and other preparations, but the most important and current exaggeration is
extracurricular activities (In my case it's sports). I have begun wonder if the amount of money spent on lessons is really worth it, I get 2 tennis
lessons ($30 dollars each) per week for the whole year totalling up to 3 grand a year. Tennis is nearly all I can do right now, Basketball and
football in my low-income area which is literally for blacks. Soccer is dominated by people whom played the sport for all their life, I can't swim
very well, golf is just not my type, and volleyball is for girls only. I have no choice but to learn the few available sports. So, I can not figure
out how the academically gifted people will get into a decent college when the colleges wants them to be involved in sports, it's becoming a craze.
My school has 3000 people, competition is endless. The amount of money and time I dedicated into tennis does not seem to help. The only people who can
take advantage of those Ivy League universities are those from a low population, high income, and prestigious high schools.