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When people think about discrimination they usually associate it with prejudice and connect it with race and gender But discrimination can take another form For example a person can gain an unfair advantage at a job interview by being attractive or by being able to talk about something that has nothing to do with the job like sports The people who do not get the job would claim they were discriminated against and to some extent they would be right As an athlete Ive experienced both types of discrimination I learned that whether it helps or hurts you discrimination is wrong At my high school baseball was everything Everyone would go to the games to cheer the team on Before I entered the school the varsity coach even visited my home and told my parents how well I was going to do However I wasnt prepared for the treatment that I received through high school Most of my teachers talked to me as if I were their friend not their student My peer counseling teacher would keep my after class to talk about the games he would even give me a pass if I were late for my next class My science teacher was the assistant coach and tests were conveniently scheduled around game days Many of the baseball players took advantage of the teachers who gave them the extra hand because they were athletes But in spite of all these favorable advantages I continued to work hard Any studying I couldnt do during the week I would complete on the weekends This way I knew I wasnt dependent on all the special treatment I was receiving After four years it was time for college Of course I continued with baseball and signed with South Florida Community College Unlike high school college isnt centered around sports When I met with my new coach before school started he told me that although I was here on
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