As seniors in high school apply for colleges, each senior is asked the same question over and over again. The question every high school senior is asked is: “Where are you applying to college?” Whether or not high school seniors want to answer the question or even feel comfortable enough to tell a stranger where they are applying, each senior is compelled to answer the question seriously. In fact, it would be disrespectful to not answer the question as a result of the college question becoming such a common question.
However last year as I applied to college, I was proud to say that I was applying to the University of Michigan. Ever since I was born, I have always been a Michigan fan; thus making Michigan my dream school. I have always waited for my turn to go to college and now I am living out my dream at Michigan. College is everything I expected. I have met so many people, have learned a significant amount already and just have simply enjoyed living on my own. However there is one thing that I am still struggling with. When applying to Michigan, I understood how competitive the application process was, but I thought the competition just ended there. No. The University of Michigan is even more competitive than the college process.
How is the University of Michigan competitive? Every single student at this university worked extremely hard in high school in order to get admitted to this university; therefore each student is a very hard worker and intelligent. Each class is extremely competitive, for each student tries to get an “A” and be better than the other students in the class. This competition is explained in Louis Menards “Live and Learn: Why We Have College?” for he provides three theories about what the purpose of college is. Menard’s three theories include: college separates the best from the worst, college creates competent citizens and provides equal opportunity, and college is extremely hard to get into, thus there are no democratic values involved in the application process for college. The theory that is most appropriate here, is the first theory that explains that college is meant to separate the best from the worst because competition is essential for people to succeed. The University of Michigan helps drive its students to get the most out of their potential as a result of the competition.
While at first the competition at Michigan was extremely difficult to grasp, it is now becoming more feasible for me to understand. I understand why college needs to be competitive for it helps get the most out of all of its students. The competition at the university of Michigan is what makes this university a remarkable place to study, for it helps every student try their hardest and hopefully succeed. Although I did not expect a significant amount of competition, it seems that competition is essential for me to succeed. If the University of Michigan was not competitive, then the students would simply not be prepared to enter the workforce after graduating. While equal opportunity is ideal for students around the world, competition is essential for students to reach their highest potential and succeed.