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My senior year of high school a friend and I decided to apply for many different scholarships together We applied for all of the exact same scholarships We had been friends for years and had been involved in many of the same school organizations School wasnt easy for me but I had always tried to excel Response to our applications started trickling in In the end my friend received a full-ride scholarship to Utah State University I was also accepted and received about 2000 worth of scholarship money I was very grateful to have received anything at all That would pay for one semester- maybe a little more What was the difference between my friend and I Was it pure luck This is college we are talking about It was serious to me I didnt think colleges should base applicants for scholarships or admittance on luck My grade point average was higher than hers I was involved in more clubsserviceextracurricular organizations than she was As I thought about this I realized the only main difference I could site My friend was Hispanic Was I being narrow-minded Was I being spiteful toward my friend because of what she had received Was I angry and using race as an excuse to foster my anger NoI was merely trying to understand Was this just a simple twist of fate or did this run deeper than any of us seem to think about I shrugged this off and understood why my friend had received all the scholarships but is this the way we should continue to think How much longer should we continue to shrug it off Is affirmative action really accomplishing what it set out to accomplish The ideas of affirmative action sound wonderful but affirmative action has gone too far The time has come to rethink What is affirmative action Affirmative action is the set of public policies designed to help eliminate past and
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