The scandal of cheating and bribery in elite college admissions isn’t the only example of privileged inequity in access to higher education. Maya DiRado Andrews says it time to end another that may have benefited her.
There’s a section on the Stanford admissions application, in between the personal essay and ‘5 words to describe you’, that asked me to list all the Stanford graduates in my family. My Stanford legacy is lengthy - grandfather, great-aunt, mom, dad, aunt, brother-in-law, sister, and now husband.
Feeling uncomfortable without knowing precisely why, I filled all the allotted lines and then some.
I was also recruited to swim. As an athlete who was actually competent in the sport for which I was recruited, the recent revelations on the college admissions bribery scheme perpetrated by cynical parents to get their mediocre children into elite schools boiled my blood.
But as a legacy student, those revelations convicted me. The news made clear what was so discomfiting about the family history question on the application.