21 Nov Tolerance of Differences in Education and Beyond
By Admissions Expert, Dr. Lowe
Some people view DIVERSITY as a nebulous and intangible descriptor, a court-ordered societal mandate or, in some cases, even unconstitutional. In truth, our differences represent an invaluable asset and in the economic sense has been proven to provide an unlimited ROI.
Every person is a unique individual. Yes, we have commonalities. But the differences make life challenging, interesting and a learning experience. These are the qualities that keep us moving forward, progressing and improving life.
Some differences are easily recognized. Some differences go unnoticed unless there is a direct interaction. For example, can you recognize a deaf person in a crowd? The question is do you embrace difference and try to learn from it? Or do you just ignore it? Do you find the positive qualities in all the people that you meet? Are you a tolerant individual? Educational institutions (especially Ivy League and highly selective ones) expect their applicants to not be fearful of our interconnected and constantly changing global society.
Some people may believe that living in small, homogeneous and insular communities is best. But in truth, diversity has always been America’s greatest asset! It is exemplified in the evolution of our American language, music, art, architecture, math, science and dance. It is what has allowed our innovations and our artistic and cultural leadership. Diversity was a necessary precondition to the formation of our democracy, The United States of America, and has provided the impetus for engagement in the full kaleidoscope of “The American Culture.”
Intolerance in education is like placing a wall between you and what is to be learned. In fact, intolerance in scholastic and academic circles is viewed as ignorance and intellectual ineptitude. Tolerance of differences helps us to learn more and to succeed globally. This is one of the important reasons why colleges embrace diversity and why authentic, meaningful interaction and immersion in different communities are important realities of our clients’ college admissions journey and success!
“Admissions is a competitive sport! Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe
Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Greenwich Admissions Advisors. Tel. (203) 542-7288, and founder affiliates: Ivy League Admissions Advisors and Private School Admissions Advisors of the Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.
Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for families and students who are interested in applying to top private schools, Ivy League and highly selective colleges and combined BS/MD programs. Dr. Lowe also helps students gain admissions into their top choice private schools and colleges after they have been wait-listed and rejected. Dr. Lowe and his Greenwich Admissions Advisors team provide house-calls for families with extremely busy schedules who can’t come to their office.