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How I Talked About Feminism in My College Essays

The college process is over for me! Back in January, I had my first one-on-one conversation with my guidance counselor about where I should apply to college. My 2017 was filled with one SAT class, two SATs, one ACT, one college interview, and constant stress. In December, I found out that I had gotten into my top school (and will be attending there), been accepted to two other colleges, and deferred from one university. For my college essay, I talked about how my school was going to cut my field hockey team, and how myself and ten other girls on fought my school on the decision. My guidance counselor advised my class not to talk about “scoring the winning goal” at out sports games, so I picked the opposite; the school preventing my team from scoring any goals by cutting the team.

I am the co-president of my school’s feminism club, and the co-chair of the 2017 gender equality summit at my school, so I wanted to highlight on my work on feminism in some form in my application process. The opportunity presented itself when my top school asked, “Please highlight a specific example throughout your time in high school that has strengthened and promoted the flourishing of all.”  After rambling about my school accomplishments and about my school’s feminism club, I decided to talk about my belief in what feminism is. I wrote, “It’s important for me to plan a summit where people of all different categories are represented because it further empowers people to take action when they see their race, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality represented. Society portrays one type of person as being successful: the white, heterosexual, cisgendered male, who is middle or upper class. Feminism isn’t about hating on that one type of person, but about supporting people of all backgrounds and sexualities to be able to have the same opportunities, pay, and education.” I wrote about feminism in that specific way because I had no idea who was going to read my essay. Was a person who believes inequality isn’t real going to read my essay? or someone who has the same values as me going to read this essay?

People always say, don’t talk about politics or religion when you meet new people. In terms of the college process, sometimes you have to talk about those topics in order to portray who you are as a person. So my advice to those who are going through the college process is…write about who you are, even if it’s a bit controversial. By no means does this mean going on a tangent about your beliefs, but accurately explain your thoughts in a way that the reader will understand without being too biased. I wrote about feminism because I firmly believe in the equality of all genders globally, and hopefully, in the future, I will continue to advocate for a more equal and just world. I’ll end this post with how I concluded my essay…In high school, I have learned about the injustice and inequality women face globally and I decided that I want to be part of the generation that changes how women are treated. One person cannot change the world, but one can do all they can to make people change how they think about a certain topic. I believe that all people should be feminists because why wouldn’t someone want all humans to be equal?

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