Affirmative Action, From An Asian American Point Of View

Affirmative Action, From An Asian-American Point Of View

To our injustice, or to our only chance?


"Accepted into all the Ivies and more than 30 of the top schools in the US," they said. With average SAT scores but good leadership in FBLA and Student Government Association, like many of the cases seen today, the student is African American, given a leg up in college admissions as universities try to redeem themselves in the face of racial discrimination in history. This is the problem of affirmative action.

Affirmative action, created during the presidency of Lyndon B Johnson, was essentially an extension of the Civil Rights Act that banned discrimination based on race and gender. The favorability of minorities during college admissions was enacted first as a "compensation" for African Americans who were unable to attend segregated schools decades before; however, during the case Bakke V. University of California, the Supreme Court ruled that affirmative action could not set quotas for certain races but must have policies to promote diversity, which creates a conflict: how can you obtain a diverse student body if you cannot have concrete numbers for the amount of students of a certain race?

For many minorities, such as Latinos, they benefit from an eased admission process, admitted to top universities despite having the same scores as other equally qualified peers; however, for Asians, we face the opposite. Such racially charged considerations raise the qualifications needed to win over top schools while overall academics and standardized test scores well outpace those of other races.

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This creates an unfair dynamic for the hardworking students who balance many AP classes while training for sports or taking on leadership roles, forcing them to pile their schedules with even more activities that can strain their mental health. The expectations set for Asian Americans skyrocket to enormous proportions, which force those who are Asian and not performing academically well to suffer even more, discriminated stronger against simply because they are Asian. For the parents who have the money to pay for extra SAT prep classes and pre-college programs to set their kids ahead and distinguish them among a mass group, they expend thousands of unnecessary dollars that other minorities can simply ignore to become admitted to the same place.

Nonetheless, affirmative action is still crucial for the well being of the overall student body. It provides many opportunities to people living below the poverty line or those lacking resources, offering them a chance that may change their lives. Their admission to elite colleges aims to distinguish the success of those who cannot escape the grasps of the social class to the corruption of those who 'bribe' their way to the top. Without such system, colleges may return to the state of being "all white," segregating minorities. The importance of diversity exemplified by this policy not only gives everyone a chance but also promotes a richer learning environment.

See more: The Uncomfortable Truth About Affirmative Action and Asian Americans

The actions against the success of Asian Americans are unjust, unfair and underestimated by the public. With such stereotype-enforced policies, we are never the full right to succeed through merit, hard work and qualifications. No matter how hard we work, how many hours we put into earning that Valedictorian title, how many weeks we spent at that SAT prep class to get a 1590, those standards are never enough. Only if affirmative action standardizes merits for people across the board does it truly benefit the integration of diversity into American society and finally erase the racial tensions that plagues the US from its beginning.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

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  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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