One high school junior shares what diversity means to her now—and what it means to her future in college.
Diversity is defined as the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc., according to Dictionary.com. I believe diversity is about having the freedom to be the person you are and want to be—and to feel included along the way.
We are a diverse people. We think, act, and believe in so many different things to the point where you will never find another person exactly like you. So why not embrace that? Why not express diversity in every aspect of our lives, including our education!
College is the last stop for students before they are truly considered adults and go out into the real world. If students are exposed to diversity in college, they will get a sense of what the “real world” actually is like. Also, if there is a diverse atmosphere at schools, it will make all students feel included and safe to express themselves. Ideally, when those students graduate, they will remember how free they felt at college and they’ll try to replicate that feeling in whatever they do or wherever they go.
As an African American woman, diversity means the world to me, as it does it to many others, because it means inclusion. Inclusion in everyday life, in the American culture, and, when I go off to college in little less than two years, in the opportunities and relationships college can offer. Nowhere else is diversity as important as it is in our schools and especially in our colleges, because it teaches us to respect other people, cultures, and opinions that are not are own. It excites me to think of all the different people I will meet and different experiences I will go through when I’m in college!
College is the place to express yourself and not worry about what others think of you. A diverse campus enables you to do that. It also gives you many choices when it comes to deciding your major or even clubs you’d like to participate in. The endless opportunities it can grant you and the inclusion it can offer when you finally chose is why diversity is important, why it matters to me.