By Chris Cortner

The college application process is often unfair. But some applicants, along with their overbearing parents, frequently overexaggerate every little problem in the system, broadcasting every complaint and criticism they have. The biggest controversy that is brought out through these enraged students exists in the world of sports.

By making a winning pass or scoring a tie-breaking goal, some students are admitted to the finest colleges in the country on account of their athletic ability. This is often viewed as the free ride, and the students who are not into college yet angrily sit back and watch this phenomenon happen over and over again.

At a time, I, myself, was infuriated with the amount of possibilities some of these candidates have. But what all of us don’t understand is that these students, gifted with the ability to run a six-minute mile, work just as hard as the rest of us. They just put all their efforts in an area where they know they can succeed.

Everybody who applies to college has some advantage. There are the naturally intelligent students who score somewhere in the 2000s on the SATs without having to study. There are students who have had opportunities to fully immerse themselves in dozens of extracurricular activities, clubs, and jobs because they do not have a sport constantly tying them down. Then there are the art students who are academically screened so they can move on to be judged by their audition or portfolio. This screening usually is just a general assessment of an arts student’s academic capabilities and is usually less critical than a regular evaluation in the admissions process.

The average student who succeeds in the sports world usually struggles to reach an 1800 on the SAT, which is required for their admission, and they do not ever have the time to take on a part-time job or a community service project. So, if they were to apply as regular candidates, they would be robbed of an accomplishment they literally put their blood and sweat into, leaving them at a disadvantage over the students who have been able to do 12 activities and constantly study for the SAT, ACT, and any other test.

So, the next time you start running your mouth about your high school quarterback getting into one of the Ivy League schools, think about what it would be like if you could not send in your grades and AP scores because you were too naturally bright. Would that be fair?