If I were a billionaire, one of the things that I would seriously consider doing would be to establish a new private university. I would spare no expense to make sure that it attracted the best possible professors and other staff members to ultimately transform it into one of the most elite institutions of higher learning in the entire country.
However, this university would have one major difference from all the rest. That difference would involve the way in which it would determine who would be admitted and who would not. Like most universities, it would be looking for students with high academic standing in high school. However, it would intentionally deny admission to the so-called “well-rounded” students that are so highly sought after by almost every other university.
Other colleges, almost without exception, emphasize participation in extracurricular activities and community service nearly as much as they do one’s academic achievements. As a result, those who do not participate in such activities, even if they have excellent grades, find themselves left out of most of the nation’s top colleges and universities. Those are the very students that my new university would seek to admit.
While there’s nothing wrong with stuff like extracurricular activities and community service, they should be completely optional for everyone. People should do things like that out of a willing heart or the simple joy and satisfaction they get from them, not because they are expecting to get some kind of a reward such as admission to an elite college or university. The latter smacks of ulterior motives.
I think it’s a crying shame that potential college students are judged by their participation – or lack thereof – in such activities. Many students need to spend so much effort on their studies that they don’t have time for anything else. Other students are merely not interested in outside activities. It is not fair to them that those things are taken into consideration by most institutions of higher learning. My new university would serve the purpose of trying to right that wrong.