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How could you ever figure out if a candidate was "less qualified" and got in due to AA? Maybe they are bringing something to the table beyond their scores that makes them just as qualified or more qualified. Unless you know someone's work experience, extra-currics, recommendations, etc. etc. Maybe they have a rich father who donated a library to the school or something. Why don't you resent that kid, instead of the AA kid? Or the kid who had a private tutor help with test prep that made him outscore your kid, who is actually more apt and smarter than the prepped kid. Again, why target the AA kid over some other unfair admit that took your kid's spot?
It's all about 'self' identification. If you identify with you're blackness and you're 1/8, by all means check it. If you're 1/4 black but you've been white all your life and didn't even find out about that black grandma till you were applying to college, its pretty hypocritical and dishonest to check it.
I would check it anyway.... Im half maltese and I checked that I was a minority on a law school application. I mean, I am white, but there are only 30 thousand of us in the country. 14 thousand males, I think that makes me a URM. I think you should use any means possible to advance yourself. The question the OP posted shouldnt come into play, cause either there kid is 100% caucasian or a URM. And anyway, credentials are all relative. I got into schools people with similiar numbers didnt and they got into schools that I didnt...
Nah, I definitely did write it in on one of my applications. I wanted to see if it played a difference in my decision one way or another. I got in pretty quickly. It wasn't a school I was really considering or I wouldnt have put it down.
what do you mean by your comment though? "anit-AA simpletons are all talk"
He'll be attending GW (which was a reach for him), so a school he wouldn't have really considered attending would likely be a T2. (I also don't buy his story. More likely, he wrote about being a Maltese immigrant in his diversity statement).Is it me, or do GW and Columbia attract far more than their fair share of the very confused?