This letter is in response to the letter that Ben Wolf wrote on May 24. In your letter, Mr. Wolf, you spoke of the fact that competition is a part of life. This is true. However, when it comes to colleges, students don’t just compete in grades or attendance as you suggested.
I am currently finishing my courses needed to earn a degree in biology. When I started college, I started as a nontraditional student. When I applied, I was accepted. However, it wasn’t based solely on my grade point average in high school and attendance rate, but also on my family experiences.
My counselor told me that because I was a single parent who was also holding down a full-time job, I showed the organizational skills and commitment needed in college. The fact that I am a cancer survivor and have a mental illness proved to them that I have the drive needed in life.
I have the privilege of participating in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for community colleges. This is because I have a good grade point average at Sauk Valley Community College. Grades and attendance rates are not just what Sauk promotes. I have been told countless times by the professors and deans that SVCC wants students to succeed in life, not just get good grades.
I am now married with two boys. I can contend that at SVCC, my life skills are valued far more than just my GPA.
Colleges are no longer just looking at who has the best grade point average anymore. They are no longer looking at who has the best sports skills either. They want students who can handle a job, a sport, and good grades. Colleges are looking for students who can succeed in life.