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Last login: Thursday, February 25, 2010
I am a recent UCSD Graduate and this issue is sensitive to me. First of all, I highly disagree with the students who lead and partook in this party. It is a disgrace, especially when many of UCSD's classes teach students about social issues like race and gender. As part of my general education through Sixth college I was required to take such glasses about culture art and technology that teach tolerance through education. Second of all, I am sad to see this issue become a "UCSD" issue, when in fact it is really the issue of a few "individuals." I don't believe this issue should be tied to UCSD. I agree that it would not hurt UCSD to lead some discussions and programs to increase knowledge about race, but I am sure that a majority of students, like myself, are very tolerant. UCSD is a very diverse campus, with a large amount of Asian and Caucasian students, as well as Hispanic, Latino, and Middle Eastern, and other people of color. On a typical walk through, campus I usually overheard friends or a group speaking in another language. In my classes there was a wide array of nationalities working together and getting along very well.
But, it was also apparent that students of African descent make up a very small percent. I don't think that just because they are not there, means that there is a problem with UCSD admissions.
Through my experience, there is no such thing as a "free ride" at UCSD. You have to work very hard to get there, and you have to work very hard to pass classes. When you are in a lecture hall of 200 students, you have to show up, pay attention, take very good notes, and study hard. It doesn't matter what race you are, you have to work hard. And I do not believe race should matter. I did not matter that my parents are Swiss Immigrants, that my Grandparents were poor farmers. My race did not make it any easier for me to get into school and I do not think it should matter much for others. What matters is hard work. Even someone who grows up in a poorer neighborhood with many disadvantages can still work hard.
February 25, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.
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