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Put merit first

February 07, 2009

Re "UCLA said yes. Now, the hard part.," Column One, Feb. 2

As a UCLA student, I am disappointed that our school has chosen diversity over merit. Though Karina De La Cruz's experiences are not to be made light of, they do not compensate for not having the educational experiences necessary to attend a high-caliber university.

Admitting De La Cruz promotes lowering standards for those less qualified and punishes those who have achieved academic excellence by eliminating their opportunity to attend UCLA.

How can De La Cruz be expected to compete with students who took AP literature courses when she takes remedial English? By admitting students less able to succeed, the system fails not only qualified applicants but De La Cruz as well.

Katie Peterson

Los Angeles

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