Latina’s hard work Discredited by People who Point to Affirmative Action Policies
A Latina, Chelsea Batista, was accepted into 11 out of the 18 medical schools that she applied for, despite the fact that she was worried that she was not going to get accepted into any of the medical schools. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and her parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She aimed high and was accepted into very good medical schools and some people are discrediting her hard work and instead giving credit to affirmative action policies. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there were only 4.8 percent of Latinas that applied to medical school during the 2016-2017 school year. Chelsea Batista stated:
I had to remind myself that I was not chosen because I am a Hispanic woman who fulfills the requirements. I was chosen because as a Hispanic woman, I had to struggle through more obstacles and resistance than the typical medical school applicant and I still managed to excel.
Batista was in a very low minority when she applied to medical school because of her gender, ethnic background, and low-economic background.
It is important for minorities to remember that they can only go as high as they choose to go, which is the reason that minorities need to aim high and try to excel even higher.
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