Getting admitted to a reputable college is one of the most important goals of a student’s life. Students all over the world struggle with anxiety, exhaustion, lack of self-assurance etc. to go through this phase in their life successfully (Thacker 33). Trying to enter one’s favorite college is an exhausting experience as one spends his days and nights to prepare for the competitive exam. The question is whether it is justifiable to involve too much competition in the admission procedures or not?
If seen from the perspective of supporters of competitive exams, it seems justifiable that there must be certain traits and qualities in the student to get selected. Colleges consider it extremely necessary to have such students that possess the required skills and knowledge to deal with the programs in a successful manner. In particular, a student is judged on the basis of his/her analytical skills, time-management and communication skills (written and/or oral).
This assessment is considered important as every school graduate is not capable of becoming a good student in the future. Students are evaluated on the basis of their grades and skills and good ones are selected as a bad student is considered as a hopeless professional in the later life (Israel 92).
On the other hand, a lot of people criticize the admission process for colleges as being too competitive. This situation is also made difficult by the people who make the college admission to be a matter of life and death for him/her. This societal pressure makes students believe that their lives will be ruined if they don’t get admitted in a good college. The public opinion somehow makes it a make-it-or-break-it period in your life (Springer & Franck).
Israel, Jerry. The 75 Biggest Myths About College Admissions: Stand Out From The Pack, Avoid Mistakes And Get Into The College Of Your Dreams. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2008. Print.
Springer, Sally P., and Marion R. Franck.Admission Matters: What Students And Parents Need To Know About Getting Into College. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005. Print.
Thacker, Lloyd. College Unranked: Ending The College Admissions Frenzy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005. Print.