The Valpo Core Reader


Alison Harvey

Document Type

Coming of Age and Education Essay

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During the latter part of autumn in 2001, I was encouraged by my senior English teacher to finalize my decision on which colleges I wanted to apply to and be diligent to get all the applications done and mailed. For the most part this was not a difficult task. I knew my address well, had all my admissions essays completed, and my mom had all of the fee checks prepared for me, but there was that one dreaded blank I had "accidentally" skipped over: SAT or ACT score. I did not have horrible scores on either of the tests, but my scores were not something that I was proud of and were not impressive enough to gain me any sort of extra scholarship at my institution of choice. I kept asking myself a series of questions. Why did those scores matter? Why did colleges require them?